Friday, September 23, 2011

Building on the past

Photos by Ned Jilton II —

A reception Wednesday marked a double milestone for the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex.

Sixty years ago, in September of 1951, the Douglass Elementary/High School opened its doors to African-American students. This month also marks the one-year anniversary of the completion of the building’s renovation.

Above, Virginia Hankins, seated, president of ‘The Sons and Daughters of Douglass,’ and Wallace W. Ross Jr. look over the circular bench which has engraved the names of all the teachers at Douglass High School and the Oklahoma Grove School.

At left, former Douglass teacher and retired guidance counselor at Dobyns-Bennett High School Jill Ellis talks to the gathering during the anniversary festivities.