WINNSBORO — Richard Winn Academy kicked off its year long celebration as they hit the half century mark on Valentine’s weekend.
Richard Winn was founded Feb. 14, 1966, and has graduated more than 1,000 students over the course of its 50 years.
The weekend events began with an overflowing crowd of over 300 guests at The Farm at Ridgeway. Alumni, family and friends past and present, former heads of school, and retired faculty gathered and spent every moment sharing, laughing, and remembering wonderful times.
Richard Winn is a unique institution for learning because throughout its 50 years, the building and sustaining of friendships is what most with a relationship to the school remember, credit, and boast. Following Saturday night’s events, an Open House was hosted at the school on Sunday.
Those with Richard Winn connections past and present joined and reveled in the significant impact Richard Winn has had in their lives.
The audience heard some history about how the school came into existence from its second head of school, Bill Dubard, while hearing of the challenges the school faced financially in its early years and how the tornado of 1984 was a significant milestone in the school’s history from Carroll Taylor, longest serving head of school.
The two former heads of school and emcee Cal Caldwell, a 1992 graduate, all echoed the same message: Richard Winn Academy is best remembered because of its network and the bond that has united so many families and volunteers.
The next event to commemorate 50 years will be the annual Square Dance on April 15. Watch the Richard Winn blog (www.richardwinnacademy.blogspot.com), website (www.richardwinn.org) and Facebook page for more details.