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Photo courtesy James Venable

Douglass High School students participate in halftime activities at Fairfield Stadium. Riding the fenders of a 1953 Buick Roadmaster are Gwendolyn Cooper, left, and Anita Carter. Riding in the front seat is Claudine Tate. Seated above the back seat are, from left, Zenobia Minor, Sandra Johnson and Patricia Green. James Venable says this is Homecoming 1953, when Douglass played against Charlestonàs Garnett High School.

Gallery: Douglass High School through the years

Jan. 27, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

2011 marks 50 years that the all-black Douglass High School closed. In 1961, Douglass closed its doors as a school and the students integrated with Huntington High. It was a transition that was bittersweet, former Douglass students said -- one that meant new opportunities, but the passing of a time when their world was close-knit and familiar.