Varsity boys basketball team from Meadowcreek High School in 1987.
NORCROSS -- There was no shortage of hugs, smiles, pats on the back and handshakes Monday night at Meadowcreek High School, where past students, teachers and administrators joined together to honor the facility's 25th anniversary.
Meadowcreek Class of 1990 graduate Connie Davis was the master of ceremonies, introducing those who have made a difference in the school's history.
Like others at the event, Davis was able to reconnect with those who she knew personally during her time at the school. Prior to the ceremony, she chatted with her former ESOL teacher, Judy Schilling, now retired.
"She helped me so much as a student," said Davis, who is now a Title 1 specialist with Gwinnett County Public Schools. "I owe her, because she inspired me over the years."
The two women also spoke with Byron Collier, Meadowcreek's first principal.
"It's been amazing to see all of the additions that have been made since I was here," Collier said.
The former principal said he enjoyed catching up with old friends. "I've seen people today I haven't seen in 20 years," he said.
As the event began, Davis introduced Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, who spoke about all of the changes the school has seen over 25 years.
"There are some things, however, that never change," Wilbanks said. "For one, this school has always been proud to serve the community it's supposed to serve, and it's done that well."
Other constants in the school's history, Wilbanks added: "Chairman Louise Radloff has remained Meadowcreek's staunchest supporter, and she still is."
Radloff attended Monday night's event and spoke to the crowd of more than 100. She talked about the school's beginnings.
"The people who counted the numbers and plotted the land indicated that this school was going to be very different than any other school," Radloff said. "Because of the growth in the county, because of the changing makeup of the communities, we knew this was going to be an international school, a school like none other in Gwinnett County."
Meadowcreek High School, which opened in 1986 to relieve overcrowding at Berkmar High School and Norcross High School, was named for the Meadows Family School and the Creek Indians, both of which were once located near the site.
The school's mascot is the Mustang. The school's colors are Carolina blue, navy and white. The colors and mascot were chosen in a vote by the first student body from a variety of choices.
The school's past principals include Collier, Scott Smith, Patrick Mahon, Ronnie Ford, Angela Pringle and Ladeadrick "Bob" Jackson.