Mission & History
The Melrose High School Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to foster education by providing scholarships to deserving graduates of Melrose High School.
During the summer of 1978, Ella McGowan-Taylor invited the Melrose class of 1948 to her home to plan for their 30th year class reunion. The following classmates were in attendance: James (Hank) Jackson, William and Rovella Cox Brown, Edward Butler, Leo Harris, Florence Moore-Scott, Willie Mae Nickens, Herman Lee Simons, Christine Williams-White, and Aline Williams-Jones.
Due to the small number of classmates, Hank Jackson suggested combining the classes of 1948-1952. This initiated the development of The Melrose High Alumni Association, and in 1980 Memphis hosted the first mass reunion of Melrose High School.
The next reunion was held in Chicago in 1982 which initiated the development of the Chicago Chapter under the guidance of Ms. Willie Mae Jackson. The Chicago chapter began with five members. Some of the initial meetings were held at the home of Walter and Katheryn Nickens.
The inspiration to organize the Los Angeles chapter came in April of 1985. Gil Haley of the Memphis chapter asked Doristine Thompson Barbee to form a chapter in Los Angeles. This effort included the initiation of twelve members to form the Los Angeles Alumni chapter. They hosted their first reunion in July 1986.
The Detroit chapter was formed in 1988. Some members of the Detroit chapter included Dorothy “Toot” Phillips, Ike Watson, and Aaron Watkins.
The idea for the Atlanta chapter came about during the Detroit Convention in July 1988. An organizational meeting was held in September 1988, with nine persons attending. Elected officers included Joseph Isabel, Lavetta Glover-Ellis, Janice Williams, and Al Johnson. Other members included Thomas Rube Carter, Fannie Hoskins, William Jackson, Jesse Webb, Gloria Mason Webb, and Russell Lowellum.
The 1990 reunion was held on July 19-22 at the Westlin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. Over 900 Golden Wildcats were in attendance.