Juanita Collake Oliver
Juanita Collake Oliver said the 1950s were “fun, clean years,” and getting to relive the memories each year at the East Lake Junior High School Reunion makes them even sweeter.
The 2008 reunion, the oldest and one of the few in the city for junior high schools, was held Saturday at East Lake Park.
The school annually draws people who attended from the 1930s through the 1970s, said Mrs. Oliver, who graduated in 1957.
The brick building they attended, at the corner of 12th Avenue and 34th Street and adjacent to the park, was replaced in 2000 by the East Lake Academy of Fine Arts on Dodds Avenue.
“There is something to be said for these old communities and the neighborliness that thrived there,” said Marian Cartee Lewis, who graduated in 1950. “Also, lasting friendships started during those early school days.”
Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...