Biloxi School System still collecting memorabilia

By Jeff Lawson - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Biloxi School District. With that in mind, the school district has been collecting memorabilia they will display as part of the celebration.

Tuesday, at the school board meeting, a lifelong Biloxi family made a special presentation. Steve Thian and his family were there to present the city with a picture of the graduating class of 1939.

When he glanced at the photo before the formal presentation, he told us it took him back to a simpler time.

"We enjoyed the simple things in life back then," Thian said. "Like if a girl was making candy at her home, they would invite the boys to come over, and that was something big."

Thian and his wife of 67 years both graduated in that 1939 class. His wife Mary, as well as his daughter and son-in-law were at the Biloxi School Board meeting.

Along with the 1939 photo, Steve's son-in-law, Albert Ott, gave the school the original copy of his father's 1911 diploma from Biloxi High.

"It is just something I want the school to have," Ott said.

Biloxi School Historian Lee Ann Dubaz said it is the oldest diploma the school has collected to this date. Eventually, the collected memorabilia will be on display at a new library the city plans on building. For now, it lines the walls of the school board offices.

Dubaz said she welcomes any donations people would like to make. For more information, you can all the Biloxi School District at (228) 374-1810.

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