Covington High School alumni gather to say their final goodbyes to school

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Generations have come together to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Covington High School. But it’s a moving celebration because they’re also saying goodbye.

Blue and gold adorn the halls of Covington High School. The former students proudly wear their school colors as they reunite one last time as cougars.

“The Covington High School cougars we knew will be gone,” said organizer Marian Paxton.

It’s because the Alleghany County public Schools and Covington city ​​public Schools are merge to create Alleghany Highlands Public Schools.

“Losing a school we were so proud of, but times are changing and we have to change with them. But with it goes our hearts,” Paxton explained.

Paxton called a reunion of all classes. Classes of 1942 visit their old school grounds. Revisiting memories and scrolling through directories of what once was.

“I liked it. Everyone was friendly. The whole class got along,” Linda Morrison said.

Both Morrison and Paxton are from the Class of 1966. Morrison moved away but returned so her grandson could attend the same school 50 years later.

“It gave him the chance to participate in many activities that he wouldn’t have been able to participate in at a larger school,” Morrison explained.

Now they say bittersweet hellos like they say goodbye at the end of an era.

“It’s sad that a place that was so meaningful to us won’t be here as a high school, but it will always be here as a college,” Morrison added.

But no matter what the future holds for classrooms. Once a cougar, always a cougar in blue and gold.

“But we will always be cougars. Whether we are here or elsewhere. We will always be cougars,” Paxton said.

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