Editorial: True cause for celebration in Sulphur

They came back this past weekend to a place held warmly in their hearts.

The occasion? The 100th year anniversary celebration for Sulphur High School and those students who proudly called themselves

Golden Tornadoes.

They returned, these sons and

daughters of Sulphur High, in their beloved blue and gold, some in

letter jackets and T-shirts

of yesteryear, to find old friends, acquaintances and classmates,

to peer over old yearbooks and photographs, to wonder at

the innocent faces staring back at them, and to recall the days of

their youth and the teachers, coaches and administrators

that helped shape their destiny.

For some it was a short drive across town, for others a pilgrimage from out of state. Nevertheless, they came to celebrate

their alma mater’s milestone and their small part in it.

As a teenager four decades ago, Mike Danahay roamed the Sulphur High halls. He likely never envisioned that he would come

to represent the school and the city in the Louisiana Legislature.

He alluded to that Saturday when he said he and his fellow students ‘‘were pretty much oblivious to what was going to take

place in our lives in the future.’’

‘‘But we were making decisions at

that time that were going to affect us for the rest of our lives,’’

Danahay said. ‘‘Fortunately,

we had a group of dedicated, passionate, caring educators that

knew what we could count on and what we would be facing.’’

High school years can be

intimidating and exhilarating, awkward and soaring, confusing and

rewarding. It’s often the time

of a first date, first dance, first kiss — none of which factors

into the formal education process other than to be, at times,

terribly stimulating and distracting.

It’s also an ignition point when students begin to find their passion, their pursuit, their path. For 100 years at Sulphur

High, just like younger and older secondary schools throughout Southwest Louisiana, those discoveries have been inspired,

guided and molded by educators who genuinely cared about the learning and maturation of their pupils.

Sulphur High School’s impact on the community cannot be discounted, either. It’s one of those rare, single high schools in

a city of 20,000. Sulphur High has been the rallying point, many times through athletic events, that’s been the reason for

the community to gather, the glue that has bound together neighbors and individuals with disparate interests.

But Sulphur High’s biggest

contribution has been its learned and proud graduates who have become

leaders in business, medicine,

law, industry, education, agriculture, art, music and a myriad of

other avocations in Sulphur, Southwest Louisiana, the state

and the world.

Those Sulphur High Tors’ efforts to make their families, communities and this earth a better place have, appropriately, been

golden.

And that’s cause for celebration.

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.