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Woodstock High centennial celebrates memorable milestones

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (FOX13) -

It's like opening a page from a history book.

"Being a female and the first female principal, it had its share of challenges but the thing that helped me to do hopefully a good job was the fact that this is my alma mater and I loved every day," said Carol Macon, Woodstock High School principal from 1989 to 1999.

Since opening its doors in 1913, Woodstock High School experienced many milestones along with its centennial celebration; one of those including integration.

"It really wasn't a challenge because I loved all people," said Geneva Woods, Woodstock class of 1945 and former Woodstock teacher, "The change was a little strange because we were not used to teaching other children other than colored children."

From Minnesota to Washington state, alumni returned to celebrate the small-town school's centennial on Sunday, including 100-year-old graduate Sadie Throelkeld.

"It means a lot to me because it was … at the school even that all my people went to it and it was a good school," recalled Throelkeld, "All the teachers was nice, was real nice and then I knew a lot of other children here and I still know a lot of children around here."

Woods, 86, traveled from Las Vegas to commemorate her alma mater's centennial, bringing along her stories.

"Being in the school and being surrounded with my teachers that I love, the principal was wonderful; those were my good days," said Woods.

Shelby County Superintendent Dorsey Hopson attended the 100 year anniversary celebration; he is not a Woodstock graduate, but his mother was.

Dorothy Hopson said, "I graduated from Woodstock back in 1962, so you know this is a grand occasion for me to come back and my son is now the Superintendent of Shelby County Schools."

What kept Woodstock High School running for the last 100 years, according to many alumni, are the teachers at the beloved school.

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