Corey Shubert, a former Lupton student who is now the school’s principal, said the school and the surrounding community are excited about Friday’s event.
“Lupton School has always been such a family,” Shubert said. “If you’ve attended or worked at this school for any amount of time, you are a part of that family. This building is 50 years old this year, and we wanted to do something special to celebrate that 50 years of history.”
A reception is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school’s library. Anyone with any connection at all to Lupton School is invited to attend, Shubert said. Along with the reception, the school will also have historical displays set up in its old gym.
“We’ll have scrapbooks and photos set up representing each decade that the school has been at this location,” Shubert said.
A lot has changed at Lupton School in 50 years.
When the school first opened its doors, it served students in first grade through ninth grade and had only nine home rooms with a total student body of around 150. This year, the school has 27 home rooms in grades kindergarten through eighth grade and has a total of 550 students. Shubert said the school’s facilities have been upgraded four times to allow for the surge in student population.
Cozette Everett is a former Lupton student who now teaches at the school. She said she couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
“Lupton is home for me,” she said. “I started the first grade at Lupton in 1966. Now I am teaching the grandchildren of some of my classmates.”
Tammy Foster Adkins, an office aid at Lupton, was a member of the school’s cheerleading squad with Everett when the two were in middle school together. Adkins son, Brad, is also a former student and currently teaches fifth grade at Lupton.
“We are very much like family here,” she said. “We’re excited about having everyone come back to the school for the anniversary. We are treating it like a big family reunion.”
Shubert said there are currently 12 former Lupton students on staff at the school. A bulletin board at the school is decorated with photographs of those teachers when they were students at the school.
“I’m not sure why so many of us come back here,” he said. “I think it is probably because so many of us have great memories of this school. When I got into education, it was my goal to be principal at Lupton School.”
While Lupton School may have more students than ever before, and computers and smartboards have almost taken the place of chalkboards, Shubert said the school is still known for two things — academics and discipline.
“Those two things have not changed — they have stayed true about our students,” Shubert said. “High schools love getting our students. They know that Lupton students are ready academically, and they know they are of good character and have good discipline. Those are two things that we are very proud of around here.”
For more information about Friday’s celebration, contact Lupton School at 205-384-5838.