The Buccaneers, like the Wildcats, are growing finer with age. Just five years after Woodrow Wilson High School began welcoming neighborhood students, J.L. Long, named for turn-of-the-century Dallas Schools Superintendent John Lawson Long, opened its doors to droves of our area’s middle schoolers. Now, 75 years later, Long serves more than 900 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders hailing from seven different elementary schools — many of them go on to attend high school at Woodrow. Long’s first principal, C.W. Morris, liked to say, “We run a tight ship”, a motto that gave rise to the Buccaneer mascot. Current-day Principal Danielle Petters, who maintains those old school ship-shape standards, will be inducted into the Woodrow Wilson Hall of Fame this month.

For the 75th anniversary celebration on Thursday, April 2 from 6-8 p.m., Long will host an open house complete with student and guest speaker presentations and guided tours.

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