A happy 100th for Whitebead

This Whitebead School check stub from 1913 totaling a $1.50 is an example of the historical items expected to be on display during the school's centennial celebration on Friday, March 1. (PV Democrat photo)

Happy birthday Whitebead School – as in happy 100th birthday.

The excitement can clearly be heard in Superintendent Lou Ann Wood's voice as she talks about the planning to bring some of the small rural school's own history to life very soon.

Plenty of festive activities are now set for much of Friday, March 1 as Wood is inviting alumni and the public to come out and be a part of the school's all day centennial celebration.

“It's huge,” she said. “This is the only time we can celebrate being 100 years old.

“Lots of people pulled together, lots of people wanted to help. This has been one big community effort.

“Hopefully it will be a very festive day. It's an opportunity to reminisce about the good times and reconnect with old friends.”

It also coincides with Whitebead's 53rd annual bean and tamale supper, which is from 5 to 7 p.m. that night.

However, the star of this show is the school's two-story building still being used today.

It was constructed back in 1919. Now a kind of history room is being created for Friday's celebration.

Inside that room of nostalgia will be items like a quilt from the last high school graduating class in Whitebead, all kinds of yearbooks and newspaper articles.

“We'll have photos from the past of the school and sporting events,” Wood said.

There's also a graduation announcement and diploma from 1927 and paycheck stubs dating back to 1913.

However, the history room is not the only thing as all classrooms will be open during the day starting at 10 a.m. as alumni are invited to come for some visiting.

There's also some special attractions, such as a Chickasaw dance troupe from 10 a.m. to noon, antique cars on display starting at 10 a.m., a petting zoo on the playground all day, carnival games, a 30-foot teepee, a tribal eagle presentation and a dance competition.

A book fair is also expected to be featured throughout the day as part of the centennial event.

After the school's bean and tamale fundraiser the day's events are scheduled to wrap up with a firework's show from Whitebead's football field.

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The invite is also out for all former students who played with the Whitebead Chimaleers to come for a reunion during Friday's centennial.

The Chimaleers were formed in 1987. The reunion will include former Chimaleers getting in some practice and then performing a number during the celebration.

Contact Jane Hefley at 405-238-3021 and leave a message in the school office if you are able to attend the Chimaleers' reunion.

A rehearsal in the “big gym” on March 1 is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a performance.

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