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11/21/05-Tyler

Hogg Middle School Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Tyler's oldest middle school celebrates a milestone. Hogg Middle School marked its 75th year of existence this morning with a ceremony and reception for alumni.

"This is a memorable occasion that drew us all together," said Albert Hill, a 1970 alumnus. State Senator Kevin Eltife, who attended Hogg Middle School in the 1970s, was one of several community leaders at this morning's ceremony.

Current and former teachers, alumni and students braved chilly temperatures for the special occasion. The event included a re-dedication ceremony of the front entrance way, which had been closed off since 1977. A reception afterwards gave alumni, a chance to take a look at old pictures, trophies and a history board, complete with copies of newspaper clippings.

"I was just a little country girl and I'd never seen a new school," said Janie Moore, a 1930 alumna. Moore, 88, attended Hogg Middle School, the year it opened -- 1930. The great-great grandmother of 13 says things were a lot different back then. "You could get a glass of milk, a pint of milk for a nickle."

William Rouse, 69, agrees things have changed, including the school's fight song and he still remembers the old one. This was the first time the 1951 alumnus saw a few old buddies from Hogg. "I haven't seen Al and Bill in, gosh, 30 years. I see Joe from time to time," said Bill McMinn, 68, a 1952 alumnus. Have his classmates changed? "No, they are just like they were when they were 18," he said with a laugh.

Mary and Bill Burt, who've been married for 44 years, met while they were students at Hogg. "Right inside that door, I had algebra and inside that door he had English," said Mary. They were next door to each other. "We didn't know it then, but we do now," said Mary. She says her memories at the school are something she'll never forget.

School officials say they had a lot of help from the Tyler community in putting this special ceremony together. At least 50 alumni attended the event.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

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