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Adrian High School celebrates 80th anniversary

Joy Cameron and her mother Marjory Cameron (class of 1949) pointed out faces they know from a photo of Adrian High's 1940 graduating class. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ADRIAN – You’d be hard pressed to find an 80-year-old standing up as straight as this one.

On Thursday, students – the current ones and the grown ones – gathered at Adrian High School’s gym to sing happy birthday to a little old building that for eight decades has helped generations of Adrian community members grow up.

“You have a sense of pride being here because it really is a special place,” said Kevin Purnell, the high school’s principal and Adrian School District superintendent. His own four children are Adrian High graduates.

Before 1939, Purnell explained in remarks to the crowd, students in Adrian went to Nyssa High . . .