William Lipscomb Elementary, 5801 Worth, welcomed its first group of students in 1921. Last month, several students from the school’s early years returned to their childhood classrooms to celebrate Lipscomb’s 75th birthday.

Marty Lyne (who’s maiden name is Steed) and Jack Smith, Lipscomb classmates in the mid to late 1930s, were among the alumni visiting.

They enjoyed bagels and juice while receiving a Japanese history lesson from the current generation of Lipscomb Lions. Each grade made presentations throughout the day to guests, including the kindergartners who did the Macarena dance in lion masks. Several presentations emphasized the school’s increasing minority enrollment and discussed how cultural diversity enriches the school.

“It’s still a fine school,” Lyne says. “The kids did a wonderful job with their skits,”

Lyne says she remembers most of her teachers and knows several graduates who still live in the neighborhood. She and Smith say Lipscomb is where their lifelong friendship began.

Smith brought his old report cards with him, which are signed by Mrs. Lipscomb, who was principal the first few years he was a student. He donated his report cards to the school and says he was a good student.

“There was no ‘A’ back then,” Smith says. “You got and ‘S’ for satisfactory, and ‘N’ for needs improvement or an ‘F’”

Smith says the school put on a good birthday show, but he wishes there could have been more publicity for the event. More people should have enjoyed the students’ hard work, he says.

“It was fun,” he says. “It’s surprising how I knew where things were. The halls looked the same, except the lockers were painted.”

NEWS & NOTES

THE DISTRICT

School Board’s Final Meeting: The final regularly scheduled Dallas School Board meeting this year will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at North Dallas High School, 3120 N. Haskell. For the past several months, the Board has moved its meetings into the community, which has doubled public attendance, according to Board President Bill Keever. Call 214-989-8000.

ELEMENTARY

Lee Carnival Raises Approximately $7,000: Robert E. Lee Elementary, 2911 Delmar, raised roughly $7,000 in five hours during its recent fall carnival and raffle, says parent Lupe Becerra, who helped organize the event. Many neighborhood businesses donated items for the raffle, including The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Kroger Food Store on Mockingbird, First Interstate Bank on Gaston and Branch Manager Bud Doxey, Target, Circuit City, Matt’s Rancho Martinez, Aw Shucks Oyster Bar, El Chico in Lakewood, the Granada Movie Grill, John’s Café, Blue Goose Cantina, Larry North Total Fitness, Snuffer’s, Just for Hair, Fiesta grocery store, On the Avenue salon, and Jerry’s Supermarket. Louis Miramontes Catering, owned by Becerra’s father, provided food service. The carnival featured a haunted house and costume contest, which was won by student Tempia Williams, who dressed as Tina Turner.

HIGH SCHOOL

Wildcats Win Three District Titles: Woodrow Wilson High School recently won three District 10 4-A titles in girls cross country, girls volleyball, and girls and boys team tennis. The boys cross country team placed second in district. The cross country varsity girls are Caroline Clore, Alexa Cromeens, Ashley Cromeens, Brannan Greef, Kathleen Myers, Amanda Odeski and Kathryn Oswalt. The cross county varsity boys are Ben Aufill, Todd Gaspard, Grant hill, Austin Koos, Maclain Looper and Jordan Munn.

The volleyball varsity girls are Hillary Boortz, Anna Florer, Liz Millbank, Sarah Mitchell, Katrina Moore, Megan Ohm, Amanda Platt, Molly Sherman, Audrey Speck and Sydney Staff.

The varsity tennis team players are Aslhley Atkins, Ginny Hall, Anissa Hernandez, Tara Ingalls, Anna Procter, Emily Rainwater, Brian Bobek, Scott Donaghe, Josh Ecket, Brady Hall, Maclain Looper, Stephen Milbank and Andrew Robbins. The tennis team defeated Thomas Jefferson, Hillcrest and W.T. White high schools in a combination of 18 singles and double matches.

Woodrow’s Holiday Concert: Woodrow Wilson’s music department will present its holiday program at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the school, 100 S. Glasgow. Woodrow’s band, orchestra and choirs will give a joint performance. Admission is free. Call 214-841-5097.

Woodrow’s Scholar Athlete of the Week: Woodrow Wilson’s Todd Gaspard was Dale Hansen’s Scholar Athlete of the Week recently. Woodrow received $100 as part of the honor. Gaspard also was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Woodrow’s Student Leaders: Eighteen sophomores at Woodrow Wilson were chosen for the Youth Leadership Dallas program, which recently held a retreat. They are James Aguire, Shirley Armstrong, Gabby Bueno, Emily Erdman, Noelle Gaspard, Elias Glenn. Ester Gomez, Brennan Greef, Carolina Guzman, Elizabeth Martinez, Caitlin Morris, Porfirio Ortiz, Jadranka Poljak, Sydney Staff, Emily Stone, and alternates Heather Black, Elizabeth Clore and Sara Wilensky. At the retreat, the students learned about team building, health, cultural awareness, volunteer project development and small group cross-cultural dialogue. They also learned how to use informational resources and developed their presentation skills.

Hilllcrest’s Mu Alpha Theta Inductees: Neighborhood students Scott Paschall and Rebecca Bennett recently were inducted into Hillcrest High School’s Mu Alpha Theta Club, a mathematics honorary society that competes in local and regional math competitions. Members must have an average math grade of 85 or above. (Neighborhood elementary school Dan D. Rogers feeds into Hillcrest.)

Student Helps Create HOPE Banner: Neighborhood resident Demetria Powell was among nine Hillcrest art students to make a Russian banner on display at NorthPark Center through Jan. 6. The banner was completed as part of the Honoring of People Everywhere or HOPE project, which celebrates cultural diversity.