It was 1955 when the four Madison County community high schools of Colbert, Comer, Danielsville and Ila were joined under one roof in a move by the state government to consolidate the education system of Georgia. And it was that first class of seniors – 77 members of the Class of 1956, that were also the first to call themselves “MCHS graduates.”
Most of the remaining members of that class, and some of their spouses, met for a reunion recently at the Ila Restaurant. Many still live in the area, but several came from as far away as Kentucky and North Carolina.
Class president Everett Carey, along with class members Ann Stovall Epps and Jackie Sartain Dillard led the group in getting reacquainted since their last reunion, which was held eight years ago in 2003.
Since that last reunion, they have lost 16 of their classmates, as well as their beloved principal Dan W. Bramlett, who died just a few months after the 2003 reunion. The day of the reunion was also Bramlett’s birthday and Epps read a letter from his wife to members of the class.
Bramlett was tapped as the newly formed Madison County High School’s first principal, and charged with the task of bringing the four high schools together – academically, athletically and in spirit. And from many of the stories told by his first senior class, it seems he did just that. The stories also reflect a time gone by, and illustrate just how much times have changed.