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The Webb School celebrates 150th -- in 152nd year

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BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. – It was a year and a half later than expected, but The Webb School’s 150th anniversary celebration finale was hosted on campus Thursday — during the 152nd school year.  

The original school year of the celebration – 2019-2020 – was supposed to culminate with the Webb 150 Celebration and Reunion Weekend in April 2020. COVID-19 led to the postponement of the event and has halted plans for subsequent dates until now.  

“We are grateful and very excited to be able to host the Webb 150 Celebration and Reunion Weekend on campus to mark such an important milestone for The Webb School. We will honor the past, celebrate the present, and look ahead to what’s next,” said Head of School Ken Cheeseman.  

Board of Trustees Chair Vance Berry, a 1972 graduate, said, “My fellow board members and I feel honored to be part of this special Webb 150 weekend celebrating Webb’s history and its future. It has always been mission-driven that Webb wanted to turn out students who could make a difference in the world. And that is what we are continuing to do in our own special way.”  

The weekend event kicked off with a Community Celebration and Reception on campus, sponsored by the Bell Buckle and Shelbyville-Bedford County Chambers of Commerce. Friday included an alumni, parents and friends tailgate, homecoming football game and alumni class parties for honored class years. Saturday’s events are an alumni, parents and friends social and awards program to recognize the 2020 and 2021 Distinguished Alumni Society inductees and the 2020 and 2021 John B. Hardin Service Awards recipients.  

The 150th party, under the Webb 150 tent on campus, capped the evening with dinner, a special program and band. The weekend closed with a church service at the Bell Buckle United Methodist Church on Sunday.  

“We were off to a great start and enjoyed numerous Webb 150 commemorations that were possible in the fall of 2019 – special alumni and friends gatherings in the U.S. and abroad, a “Coast to Coast Toast”, distinctive guest speakers and classroom activities,” said Jonathon Hawkins, associate director of alumni and development and 150th Committee chair.  

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