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Burley High School Alumni Hold Reunion Celebration

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Burley graduates celebrated on Oct. 6 Burley graduates celebrated on Oct. 6
The high school closed in 1967 The high school closed in 1967
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Some Burley High School graduates dug up some of their old school spirit and got the chance to cheer and celebrate the day.

Burley High School was a segregated school for African-Americans between 1951 and 1966.

Soon after, the school closed in 1967 and then reopened as Burley Middle School in 1974.

The reunion on Saturday, October 6, was a way to celebrate all things Burley.

Clarence Nicholas, a co-chair of the reunion, says that this year organizers were excited to put a focus on athletes.

"To have all of us gathered, it's just a wonderful experience,” Nicholas said. “This year, we were able to get a number of athletes - baseball players and football players - medals, many of them never, they got a letter but maybe not a medal or a trophy, so that's special for the athletes."

Saturday’s celebration was the seventh Burley High School reunion.