2010 Russell County Vo-Tech 1964-1971 Reunion

Pictures taken during our 2010 Reunion, and also, pictures taken from the Russell County Vo-Tech Yearbooks.

2010 Russell County Vo-Tech 1964-1971 Reunion

To Our Classmates

To those who are no longer with us... ...We remember you

To those who gave their lives for our country... ...We honor you

To those veterans who served our country... ...We salute you

To those who instructed and led us... ...We thank you

To all who celebrate our experiences... ...We embrace you

And above all, to GOD who made it all possible... ...We praise YOU

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


On May 2nd, 2009, classmates who had attended the Russell Co Vocational School in its original years at Cleveland gathered at the Cleveland Elementary (formerly High) School for their first reunion in 40 plus years. The gathering was a huge success with over 150 classmates, instructors and guests attending. Each year (’64-’71), each trade and each area high school were represented. David C. Musick who was Principal from 1965 forward, welcomed everyone, introduced the 8 former instructors in attendance (who in turn, gave brief comments) and acknowledged the successes of the men and women and their contributions to society. A special tribute was paid to the many who honorably served their country in the military, three of who, Terry Alsup, Douglas Dishman and Robert Garrett, gave the ultimate sacrifice. Also remembered were the deceased classmates, instructors and bus drivers.

Some stayed in their communities while others’ careers took them elsewhere and their occupations and life stories are as varied as they are impressive. One of the more prominent examples of the impact that the instructors and students had on this community is the current Russell County Career and Technology Center building in Lebanon. Designed by Harold Owen’s drafting class, it stands as a monument to their abilities as well as an inspiration to the many students who have and will pass through its doors in pursuit of knowledge. Several outside firms have also studied its design and construction.

Special thanks go to the classmates and instructors who attended and helped in any way to make this event special. Also, thanks to Larry Rasnake, Edward Young, Jerry Lark, Andrew Chafin, Patty Nichols, Kaye Hale, Roger Musick, Beverly Elswick, First Impressions, Romanos II, Colony House Furniture, Russell County Medical Center, & Kraftin’ Korner for their support and contributions.

An underlying theme that ran throughout the responses we received was the special bond shared among the students at Cleveland. The students felt they gained far more than a vocation; they enjoyed a unique experience that will impact them for a lifetime.

A special souvenir booklet containing information, yearbook photos and classmates’ responses to the questionnaire was prepared for the reunion. Anyone interested in purchasing the booklet can contact Pauline Salyers, 276-889-0055.

Plans are already underway for this year’s reunion!  The 2010 Russell County Vo-Tech "The Cleveland Years 1964-71" Reunion will be held on Saturday evening, May 15, 2010. Please plan to join us at the Russell County Conference Center.  More detailed information about the 2010 Reunion can be found on our blog Russell County Vo-Tech 1964-1971.  You may sign-up for the 2010 Reunion electronically by clicking here.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments or ideas please contact the Reunion Committee at russell.co.vo.tech@gmail.com.

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