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•   Sandra Wilson (Shafer) (1974)  6/5
•   Edward Brineger (1959)  6/12
•   Steve Kinkel (1969)  6/14
•   Mike Sullivan (1963)  6/17
•   Hal Bishop (1964)  6/18
•   Peter Jokl (1960)  6/24


2019-2020 Alumni Association Officers: 
For questions or information CONTACT:
President:  Ward Hemlepp Pell '65
Vice-President: BI Murrell '67
Secretary: Karen Eaves Darragh '62
Treasurer: Marian Kurz Hudson '66
Webmaster: Marian Kurz Hudson '66

There’s a song we all know
That will make your troubles go
As the Generals go marching along
Take that ball
Down that line
Score a touchdown every time
As the Generals go marching along

For its high high hee
In the field of victory
Shout out your colors loud and strong -


For where e’er we go
You will always know
As the Generals go marching along-fight!

As the Generals go marching along G-E-N-E-R-A-L-S, Generals! 

Association Annual Dinner
Friday, July 19, 2019
Hospitality Hour-6:00-6:30 PM
Dinner-6:30 PM
Program-7:30 PM
1398 Sports Center Dr., Lexington, KY
Cost-$30.00 per person
Send your check in to the PO Box or you may pay online.
(Click on the Association Annual Dinner on the left of page under Donation)
Sixteenth Annual Alumni Picnic
Saturday, September 21, 2019
OutBach Farm 1955 Redd Rd
Mix and Mingle-3:00 PM
Dinner-3:30 PM
Holiday Potluck
Monday, December 2, 2019
Lafayette Cafeteria
Mix and Mingle-5:30 PM
Dinner-6:00 PM
Annual Chili Supper
Monday, March 2, 2020(Snow Date: March 16th)
Lafayette Cafeteria
Mix and Mingle-5:30 PM
Dinner-6:00 PM
2019 Inductee Into the Lafayette High School Hall of Fame

James Cecil grew up on a tobacco farm and chose to join the Marines when the United States entered into the war rather than being drafted.  Eighteen students from Lafayette High School were sworn into the United States Marine Corp on 28 August 1942, along with fifty-two other local boys from Henry Clay and other Central Kentucky high schools.  They became known as the "Lexington Platoon".  Mr. Cecil is the lone survivor of this group..  They did their "boot camp" in San Diego because Parris Island, South Carolina was too crowded.  After training, the Platoon members were scattered to various units of the Second Marine Division and then onto some of the bloodiest battlefields of the Pacific Theater: Okinawa, Siapan, Tinian and Guadalcanal.  

Mr. Cecil was a member of the first wave of US forces that stormed the islands of Siapan and Tarakan.  He was delayed entering the battle on the island of Okinawa for one day due to a Japanese kamikaze plane striking his ship, the USS Hinsdale. He and his fellow service members had to abandon ship.  Astonishingly, after floating in the shark infested waters for about forty-five minutes, Mr. Cecil was rescued by a nearby US Navy destroyer.  

On 20 June 1944, during fierce combat on the island of Siapan, Mr. Cecil received shrapnel wounds throughout his body caused by enemies exploding artillery ordinance.  Because of a severe concussion that left him unconscious, Mr. Cecil was believed by his comrades to be dead.  Miraculously Mr. Cecil recovered and courageously returned to the battlefield, fighting until the Marines took control of the island.  Mr. Cecil received a Purple Heart due to the injuries he sustained during this battle.  

When Mr. Cecil was asked how he was able to make it through the dangers and challenges of war, he said, " I took it one day at a time and did what I was supposed to do."  Today he can vividly recall his experience and is often reminded of his involvements by gazing at a picture of a Japanese officer he killed in combat.  This Japanese artillery officer had a map which outlined  enemy artillery locations. Mr. Cecil’s capture of this map saved many lives.  His actions also earned him a battlefield promotion from Private to Corporal.  Mr. Cecil was recommended for Officer Candidate School in August 1945. He never got the chance to attend as in the weeks following the United States bombed Japan, thus ending World War II.  After the war, Mr. Cecil had a successful career as the owner of an Ohio-based trucking company and later moved back to Lexington in 1998.  

Mr. Cecil has been honored and is on the Congressional Record in both the US Senate and House on May 21, 2012 by Mitch McConnell and on December 2, 2014 by Andy Barr.  The "Lexington Platoon" was honored on May 17, 2012 at the Lexington City Urban Council meeting.  Then Mayor James Gray proclaimed it James Cecil Day in Lexington.  

Mr. Cecil's bravery, and that of his fellow men and women in uniform, secured freedom for future generations.  Mr. Cecil is truly an outstanding American, he was a protector of our freedom and is an inspiration to us all. 

Mr. Cecil's bravery, and that of his fellow men and women in uniform, secured freedom for future generations.  Mr. Cecil is truly an outstanding American, he was a protector of our freedom and is an inspiration to us all. 


 Recipient of the Lafayette Alumni Association Scholarship


"Classes of the 60's Sock Hop" Scholarship

Caleb Damron

We are pleased to announce Caleb Damron as the 2019 recipient of both the Lafayette Alumni Association Scholarship and the “Classes of the 60’s Sock Hop” Scholarship. The Alumni Association Scholarship provides for $1,000 per semester for eight consecutive semesters. The “Classes of the 60’s Sock Hop” Scholarship provides for $1,000 for each of the two semesters of freshman year.

Caleb is the son of Michael and Denise Damron and he is an exceptional young man. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, co-treasurer of the Lafayette Medical Relief Club and he volunteers at Southland Christian Church. In addition to an outstanding GPA and score on his ACT, Caleb works 25 hours a week so he counts time management and shifting priorities as part of his skill set.  Caleb will be attending Western Kentucky University this fall and he will be majoring in Nursing. Upon college graduation, his goal is to join UK Children’s Hospital and work with children recovering from illness. Caleb’s Lafayette Counselor describes him as one of the most genuine and mature students he has worked with, and said Caleb is just incredibly gifted. We are extremely proud to award both of our scholarships to Caleb.





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