The Legacy Lives On

George P. Phenix High School


Hampton, Virginia

Image: This1950s photograph from a school or community parade on West Queen Street shows the Basie Theater and adjacent businesses in background

At our last meeting we discussed a keynote speaker for the Legacy Reception on July 23, 2016 at Crowne Point Marina Hotel on Settlers Landing Road Hampton, VA.  Donnie Tuck, Mayor-elect for the City of Hampton, VA, was nominated and with a majority vote, Yes, for him to be Keynote Speaker.

Terms for the current officers of the Alumni Association ends in September. Joyce Lewis, class of 1966, has agreed to chair the Nomination Committee. If you would like to be considered for any position please contact her at 757-224-6098. Election of Officers for the term from 2016 - 2018 at The G P Phenix Alumni Association will take place at the regular meeting on September 12th.

The  Alumni Association will be submitting a grant application in July to finance the oral history taping of some of our elder classmates. The grant, if approved, will reimburse us for any expenditures we make now toward that project. It was voted on to spend $1000 to begin taping our elders now. Even if the grant it is not approved, members felt it was a worthy cause to preserve our history. Each elder will be given a 10 minute Interview to answer a series of questions. The completed video will be available to view on our web page and we will consider selling them. Lillie Mae Jones is chair of the committee. Please contact her at 757-723-1610 if you would like to nominate a person to be videotaped. The videographer and Interviewer will visit the classmate at their home or in a nursing home as required.  

Legacy Reception July 23rd. This year's Contract specifies that we have to pay for a minimum of 300 meals regardless of  the head count. We are asking each class coordinator to help us promote the event. You have classmates who are not aware of the alumni association and who have never attended the Legacy Reception.

On Saturday June 4th at 4:00 PM, Queen Baptist Church, will have a “Living Legends” Program sponsored by their Missionary Ministry. They will honor two of own, Lillie Mae Jones and Henry Wilson, in addition to Dr. Betty Peters, Dr. Henry Godfrey, Jenever Brown, Katherine Johnson, and Mamye BaCote. The cost of $35 will include dinner. In order to attend this program, please send your check to Queen Street Baptist Church Living Legends, 98 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA 23669.


The G P Phenix Alumni Association will not meet in June.

Our next regular scheduled meeting will be on Monday July 11th at 11 AM at the Hampton Public Library.