DRS welcomes grads back

Florida A&M University’s Developmental Research School. will have its first reunion for all graduating classes in July.

Tommy “TJ” Griffin, FAMU DRS reunion event organizer, said this reunion is about bringing people together.

“We want people to share history, love and the Baby Rattler pride of FAMU High,” said Griffin, who graduated in 1979.

“I am also happy to learn that two, $1,000 scholarships, will be awarded in the former principals’ names to two deserving students who plan to enter college,” Holmes said.

Former Rattler Tiffany Wilson Ardley, assistant professor of Medicinal Chemistry of FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences said the reunion will be more like a family reunion.

“As students at FAMU high, we always felt like we were family to each other,” Ardley said.

 For some alumni, touring the new 116,000 square-foot facility is equipped with a wireless network system and smart boards in each classroom.

“Seeing the new school will be interesting because we’ll get to experience the new facility and share what we had during our times,” Griffin said.

Griffin said the planning committee is expecting more than 200 attendees during the reunion weekend, July 10-12 at the Ramada Inn located on North Monroe in Tallahassee.

On the first day, the reunion will kick-off with a DRS tour and a luau social. The following day, there will be a picnic and banquet. The reunion will then close with a prayer breakfast on Sunday.

Ardley said she hopes the reunion will inspire graduates to renew some level of commitment to the school.

“I personally hope that we can revive our once active alumni association so that we can help the current administration reach its visions for the school,” Ardley said.

For more information, please contact Tommy “TJ” Griffin at (850) 251-1815.