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80 Lamar alumni, one for every year of the school’s graduating classes, participated in the groundbreaking of the new building. (Photo: Elaine Matte Mut)
Fran Callahan, Lamar High School’s Alumni Association executive director, along with students, faculty and community members, stood under blue skies at the 80-year-old school’s groundbreaking ceremony for its new academic building. Callahan gathered 80 alumni, one for every year of the school’s graduating classes (including class of 2017 member Owen Holt, whose mother Kathleen is current PTO president), and armed them with custom-painted shovels for the groundbreaking. The event was hosted by principal James McSwain. Guests included former Texas Gov. Mark White (alum), Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza, the Rev. Michael Waters (alum), HISD Board Trustee Anne Sung, and past, present and future PTO presidents. Sarah Thweat, president-elect of the PTO for the 2017-18 year, was also on hand.