On July 14, 2023, alumni of Ben L. Smith High School gathered for a summer tailgating event. Graduates from 1973 to 2014 came together at the back parking lot of 2407 S. Holden Rd. to celebrate and have a great time. The event featured vendors selling Smith gear and memorabilia to make the night even more special. Proceeds from the event went to the Athletic Booster Club to support student athletes and programs financially. The men’s basketball team, ladies volleyball team, and cheerleaders were also present, actively fundraising and seeking support from the attending alumni.

This was Smith’s second attempt at organizing a consolidated tailgating event. The first event, held in 2011, was a tremendous success and organized by Travis Morris, a member of the class of 1990 from a long line of Smith alumni. Morris’ event set the standard as the prototype and remains a cherished memory for those who attended.

The 2023 tailgate event was a collaboration of Smith alumni, including Jan Street and Josh Chavis from the class of 2009, Jocquita Williams and Tameka Beasley from the class of 1995, and Jeff Crosby from the class of 1994. The event’s success can also be attributed to the hard work and promotion by Zantwan Worthy from the class of 1996.

Currently, the group is diligently working on organizing the next event for the upcoming homecoming, which will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the opening of Ben L. Smith High School. Homecoming is scheduled for October 6, 2023, and will feature a football game against Southern Guilford.

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