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Fair Street, E.E. Butler High schools reunite over weekend
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The Fair Street High School Tigers won back-to-back football state championships in 1956 and 1957, back when Gainesville schools still were segregated. - photo by For The Times

Alumni and friends of Fair Street and E.E. Butler high schools are wrapping up their 10th biennial reunion with a weekend full of events.

In addition to it being the 40th anniversary of Butler High’s last graduating class, this year the community is honoring the achievements of the Fair Street High football team.

Last week, the members of the 1956-57 champion Tiger football team were recognized at the Gainesville High School football game at City Park.

The Fair Street Tigers won back-to-back championships in 1956 and 1957, a time when Gainesville was still segregated. Twelve years after the Tigers celebrated their second championship, Gainesville’s city schools integrated. The black students who went to Fair Street and E.E. Butler high schools were enrolled at Gainesville High.

Reunion events continue this morning with the Dr. E.E. Butler Memorial Golf Tournament at the Chattahoochee Golf Club. Tee time is 8 a.m.

Later today, a welcome program will be held 3 p.m. at Fair Street Elementary School cafeteria and a prom will be held from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Georgia Mountains Center.

On Saturday, a picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Laurel Park and a sock hop is set for 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Georgia Mountains Center.

Events will wrap up on Sunday with a farewell luncheon at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Mountains Center.

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