It’s been fifty years since Southeastern Regional Vocational-Technical High School and Southeastern Technical Institute (STI) opened its doors to students seeking vocational training in Massachusetts. For the high school, it all started in 1967, when 47 boys transferred from the Brockton Trade School as juniors to resume their education at a brand new facility in South Easton. They majored in some of the same vocational programs that are offered today, including auto body, auto mechanics, electronics, graphic arts, and plumbing. Also in 1967, Practical Nurse was the first program offered at STI when students transferred from the original Brockton Campus.
Today, both the high school, which now serves over 1500 students from nine districts, and Southeastern Technical Institute, which offers adult education at the same facility, are celebrating their past with a series of events to commemorate the five decades of education. School Superintendent Luis Lopes said they are hoping to involve a far-reaching group of alumni, students, and staff, as well as business and community members.
“This is a year for celebration. We want to hear from past graduates and all that they have accomplished. We also want alumni and local businesses to visit the school to see all the fantastic upgrades and learn how we are preparing our students to become the next workforce generation,” he said.
Some of the celebrations will take place during annual school events, including homecoming, open house, and graduations, but there are several special events that will take place in honor of the 50th anniversary, including an alumni reunion dinner and dance, an alumni flag football and baseball game, a winter gala, a Memorial Day breakfast to honor veterans, and a golf tournament.
The Southeastern School District looks forward to a great year of celebration and commemoration. Proceeds will go towards funding all the events with profits going towards the Southeastern Regional School Foundation for student scholarships. Also, the district is offering many different sponsorship packages. Click here for sponsorship and advertising opportunities.
More details about the events will be publicized as they occur. They include:
October 13, 2017 at 6 p.m.: Alumni Homecoming Game, Celebration, and Student Dance after the game.
October 14, 2017: Reunion on the Five’s, an Alumni Reunion for the Classes of ‘72, ‘77, ‘82, ‘92, ‘97, ‘02, ‘07 and ‘12.
November 18, 2017, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Open House Celebration
January 18, 6 p.m.: STI Evening Practical Nurse Graduation
March 8, 2018: Winter Gala at Stonehill College
April 10, 2018, 5 – 7 p.m., Taste of STI
May 25, 2018, 9 a.m.: Memorial Day Honor Breakfast
May 31, 2018, 6 p.m.: STI Graduation
June 6, 2018, 6 p.m.: High School Graduation
June 15, 2018, 6 p.m.: 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament at Easton Country Club
June 28, 2018, 6 p.m.: STI Day Practical Nurse Graduation
By: Candace Hall