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dixoncapngownCONGRATS TO JACKIE DIXON-
The director of Government Relations for Giant Eagle, Inc. and secretary of Carlow University’s Board of Trustees graduated with a Master’s Degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow on Friday, December 16, 2011. Dixon, a 1967 graduate of Westfield High and a 1971 graduate of Alabama A&M University, has committed herself to serving communities in Western Pennsylvania. Her philanthropic contributions have resulted in numerous awards from the community and at Giant Eagle, including being named one of the 2012 Pittsburgh Business Times Women in Business awardees.

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Cedric White, the son of MARY CLARK WHITE (WHS Class of 1960) and Lonnie White, was married on September 25, 2011. Cedric and his wife, Tiffany Joy, reside in Southern California.







DR ETHEL HALL
has written a book on her journey to the State Board of Education . There will be a book signing at the Civil Rights Museum on September 30, 2010. It would be nice if Westfield High was really represented. So, if you are in the area, please plan to attend.



Dixon Diamond AwardHONORED - On Friday, 3 December 2010, Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Turzai presented a proclamation to JACKIE DIXON, Director of Government Relations for Giant Eagle, Inc. for her charitable efforts. Dixon, WHS67, was named this year's Diamond Jewel Award Honoree at the 3rd Annual Diamond Gala (at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association) benefiting Cribs for Kids Infant Safe Sleep Initiative.




The Dolomite-Westfield Wildcats 2010 football teams and cheerleaders: Click here for pictures.

SPQ2010FEATURED - JACKIE DIXON, WHS Class of 67, was featured on the Fall 2010 issue of Soul Pitt Quarterly as one of five successful Pittsburgh "sistahs".






The Westfield Community Reunion, held at the Dolomite-Westfield Park on 30 May 2009, was reportedly a great success. See pictures provided by Ron Mastin at the following sites:

Kodak Gallery Disk 1
Kodak Gallery Disk 2

The Class of 1959 50th Anniversary Celebration in Birmingham. Here are some pictures:
From Bill Foney
From Isaac Hunter






Jackie Dixon
Jackie Dixon of Pittsburgh, PA, and WHS Class of' '67 has been elected to membership on the Carlow University Board of Trustees for a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2009. Carlow University, the first Catholic, women-centered, liberal arts university in Pennsylvania, prepares students, primarily women, for competent leadership and compassionate service in personal and professional life. Carlow University's Oakland campus extends for 14 acres in the heart of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. With an enrollment of approximately 2,200 and a student-faculty ratio of 12--1, and a culturally diverse student population consisting of more than 20 percent African American, students enjoy small classes and individual instruction. The Board of Trustees provides oversight of the university's mission and academic quality and fulfills its fiduciary responsibilities.

On March 4, 2009, Jackie Dixon was one of 22 Pittsburgh area women honored at the 4th Annual Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement Awards Breakfast. Jackie was the Corporate Business honoree. Proceeds from the event benefit Cribs for Kids, a National Safe sleep Initiative.

Evelyn ClarkEvelyn Gilbert Clark
(Class of ’46) and Willie Clark celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 12, 2008 at Michael’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Hoover, Alabama. The event was hosted by their three children, William, Baxter and Carol. Evelyn is the recording secretary for the Birmingham Alumni Chapter.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Giant Eagle and Jackie Dixon with an ENERGY STAR 2008 Sustained Excellence Award. More


Alease Sims
The Reverend Charlie Sims
recently celebrated 27 years as pastor of First Baptist Church Gary-Ensley. He is pictured here with his wife, Alma, a 1960 graduate of WHS. His daughter Alease is a 1965 graduate. Angela, his youngest daughter, finished high school after the closure of WHS.


2007 Reunion Cruise is history - and history making

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The Atlanta Chapter hosted reunion at sea was a great success. All who attended commented on the great time they had and thanked Sondra Woods and the Atlanta Chapter for planning and executing the cruise.

AleaseAlease S. Sims of Birmingham was presented the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters distinction by Alabama A&M University officials on 12 May 2007 during commencement ceremonies. Sims was the perpetual force throughout the long-running Alabama higher education desegregation lawsuit, which met its culmination only recently. From the time the struggle first began in 1981 and through the year 2014, the State of Alabama will have awarded hundreds of millions as a result of Knight/Sims v The State of Alabama. Alabama is the only one of the 17 states that segregated public schools by law which never-until the second term of Governor Bob Riley-agreed to a settlement. Alease attended Alabama A&M after graduating from Westfield High in 1965. (some material from AAMU web site)

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The Bettye J. McClendon Educational Sports Foundation has been established and it is asking for donations. Make check payable to BJM Educational Sports Foundation and mail to:
BJM Educational Sports Foundation
P. O. Box 42100
Atlanta, Georgia 30311

Alma Sims (Class of 1960) and the Rev. C.E. Sims celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 2 December 2006. Their children (Alease and Angela) and grandchildren hosted a luncheon at the Brooklane community Center in Hueytown to celebrate this momentous occasion.
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Betty Rhodes Bedford, Class of 1962 and a member of the New York Chapter, has retired after 33 years as a nurse at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola NY. She was honored by her co-warkers in a "career" celebration on November 15, 2006. She was presented with a citation by Wayne Hall, the mayor of Hempstead, presented her with a citation (shown here). Many members of the New York Chapter were in attendance. It was reported to be a grand affair.




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The St Paul AME Church has a new street address. The church is now located on T. Larry Kirkland Street. Birmingham City Council, Rod Royal presented Bishop Kirkland and the church family a replica of the new street sign on July 11, 2006.

Byron Blaylock, the grandson of Morgan and Patricia Blaylock, was awarded a full scholarship to Jackson State University. He is a 2006 graduate of Holy Family School.

Dr Morris J. Johnson, the brother of Jacqueline Johnson Wallace (WHS Class of 1967) , is Dean of the Peace Baptist District, Secretary of the NW State Conference, teacher at Birmingham Theological Seminary and the esteemed pastor of the 23rd Street Baptist Church of Ensley. He is the son of the late Gloria Johnson.

JDixonJackie Dixon, WHS67 and Director of Government Relations for Giant Eagle Inc,, has been selected of one of the New Pittsburgh Courier's 50 Women of Influence for 2006. This is the fourth year she has been so honored. In only two years in her current job, Jackiehas established and maintained positive and ongoing productive relations with federal, state and local govenment officials. In her dealings with government officials and trade groups, Jackie has impacted decisions on issues such as health care, country of origin labeling, credit card interchange fees and zoning. Ms Dixon is also active in the local Fox Chapel community, including the Volunteer and Community Outreach , Clean-up Coalition, the Highmark Medical Review Commitee, An Association for Children and Adults with Learining Disabilities, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. She is also a Fox Chapel Committee Woman in District 4. Jackie has never bee afraid to step out, reach out and to move out in order to make things happen.

Mary Clark White, Class of 1960, was honored at a retirement luncheon on 17 June 2006 by the LynwoodMWhite (California) Unified School District. In photo at ritht, Mary is flanked by Dr. Dhyan Lal (superintendent of Lynwood Unified) and Rev. Alfreddie Johnson (Mayor Pro Tem, City of Lynwood).. A graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of San Francisco, Mrs White taught at Lincoln Elementary School for 31 years. Upon her retirement, she received several honors, including certificates of appreciation from US Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, California State Senator Alan Lowenthal and the City of Lynwood. Reflecting on her retirement, Mrs White said, "I can't believe I'm really retired. But already I am enjoying being home, getting up late and enjoying this new freedom of doing what I want when I want".





BMcClendonBettye McClendon has been inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame . Bettye was the first female to officiate a men's NCAA basketball game, was the first woman to officiate a girl's high school state championship game and was Georgia's first female track and field starter. She is one of 10 people who were inducted in the Class of 2006. Ceremonies took place on May 20, 2006 at the Macon City Auditorium. Though she had been ill, Bettye was in attendance that night. Our congratulations and our prayers to her. More about Bettye at these
links:

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
http://www.onnidan.com/bcsp/1211/notes1211.htm
The Sentry Sound -Bettye McClendon.
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September 5, 2005
, edition of People Magazine has an article entitled: “Safe Haven”. The article is about how a former Docena resident and WHS 1965 graduate Carolyn Wright Hall turned her home into a refuge where homeless women find a bed, guidance and new beginnings. Carolyn, a former majorette in the Wildcat band, was in Birmingham recently to attend her 40th High School Reunion. Donations to Hall's shelter can be sent to:
Lighthouse of Hope Shelter
1116 W. Vernon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037
tel: 323-295-0490
Class of 1965 Celebrates 40th Anniversary
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WHS65 Westfield High School and the community of Westfield are both gone but notforgotten by the thousands of graduates still living around the world. This is especially true for the 1965 class.
The Westfield High School Class of 65 held its 40th Graduation AnniversaryCelebration at the historic Crown Plaza Redmont Hotel in Birmingham, AL onSaturday, May 21, 2005. This gala was also commemorative of their JuniorSenior Prom which was held on the same date in 1965 with music by the Jimmy Chappell Orchestra in the school gymnasium.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Ms. April Drayton, a 2005 graduate of Alabama A & M University and the recipient of the WHS Class of 1965 Academic Scholarship presented in January. Ms. Drayton is the daughter of Mrs. Linda Hamler Drayton, a deceased member of the class.
One hundred guests and classmates from San Antonio,Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Huntsville and various other sections of Alabama to attend this festive event. The keynote speaker was former WHS Football Coach Robert Dickerson. Also present was Science instructor extraordinaire, Levy Satisfield, his lovely wife Betty, and his sister, Ms. Beaton, who taught several of 65 classmates at Westfield #1.
65 Classmates sharing in the magic moments were:Gloria Blocker,Earner & Ezekiel Henley, Sandra Bryant-Jones, Daniel & Phyllis Carr, LaVon Thomas, Wallace Simmons, Randall & Mary Harris, Rebinelle Grayson-Florence, William Wrenn, Rev. Jimmie Harville, Rev. Willie Lee,Julia Tinsley-Johnson, Carolyn Wright-Hall, Sylvia Williams Lorraine House Lewis, Annie Simmons-Smith, Morgan Blaylock, Vera Colvin-Bufford, Alease & Levi Sims, Kennedy Rice, Eddie Mae Wilkins, Jeanette Render, Laymon Ramsey,Geneva Odell-Robinson, Jacqueline Whitfield Steward, Annie Willoughby-Jones, Otis Thornton, Oneal Shelton, Wayne McKinney, Esaw Hoskins, Diane Russell, Norris Robbins, Bester Thomas, and LeRoy Wright.
The evening culminated with the singing of the school song and a pledge to continue the fellowship for years to come.

Bust & Placque of Mr. C.L. Reeves
These items found at Mr Reeves house by Clarence Sanders

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JDixon04Jackie Dixon was honored by the Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 in Council chambers. She was honored in "Women in History Month" for all the community service she provides to Pittsburgh and its county. Ms Twanda Carlisle stated, "Although we laugh and joke a lot, I am so very proud to be honoring you my friend in council".




Clarence and Lucile Sanders
Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations are in order to the former Westfield High School majorette, Lucile Johnson, who became Mrs. Clarence Sanders on November 21, 1953.

They were married at the Bessemer, Alabama Courthouse the same year that Jacqueline Bouvier married John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the future president of the United States.
ClaulucThe former football star and his young bride married at a time when a new Ford cost $2000.00, bread cost 16 cents, gas cost 22 cents and postage stamp cost 3 cents. Today, the lovely couple resides in Chicago, IL where Lucile is a domestic engineer and Clarence, is a semi-retired entrepreneur, when he is not serving as Chairman of the Westfield High School Alumni Association. The happy couple along with their 4 successful children, grandchildren, friends and relatives celebrated their 50 years of marital bliss on Friday, November 28, 2003 at the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Rev. Emma Robinson and Rev. Charles Streight from the Wesley United Methodist Church officiated during the program.

Several former Westfield High School graduates were among the guests; including: Lucille P. Hill and Raymond Middlebrook of the Chicago Chapter, plus, Ruby Lee and John (June Bug) Sanders who flew in from Birmingham to express well wishes to their uncle and aunt. Also from Birmingham was Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Anthony Gillam; Mr. Curtis Mitchell, Jr., nephews of the celebrated couple; and Alma and Charlie Sims, Clarence's sister and brother-in-law.

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