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Biloxi schools celebrate 150 years

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On May 17, 1860, Biloxi Public Schools began its 150 year journey after four Biloxians donated land for the first school.

Current and former students and administrators gathered in the auditorium of Biloxi Junior High School to celebrate the district's 150 year journey. Among the former students who came out for the celebration was Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise.

"I had a number of outstanding teachers. Some of them, at times, didn't appreciate me having to stay after school to beat out the erasers," said Haise.

Mayor A.J. Holloway engaged the crowd with a bit of humor as he recalled the school district's early beginnings.

"What a great day," Holloway said with a smile. "I still remember being in kindergarten that first day 150 years ago."

Following the program, there was a reception and those who came out were able to pick up three books on the history of Biloxi Public Schools.

The 150th celebration was tempered for some with the reality that three schools might not be around for the next celebration. Members of the group Concerned Citizens for Education held a silent protest at the event. They're upset with the school board's decision to close Michele 6th Grade School, as well as Nichols and Beauvoir Elementaries.

The recommendation came from Superintendent Paul Tisdale who cited significant budget shortfalls.

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