The Isaac A. David Memorial High School located at the ELWA junction celebrated its 49th anniversary on Friday March 25.
The occasion was observed under the theme, “Collaboration for Excellence.”
The keynote speaker, the Rt. Rev. George D. Harris, Bishop and General Overseer of Philadelphia Church in Liberia, said in every aspect of life, including education, God favors collaboration, through which great battles are won.
“We are happy that you are celebrating in glory, not sadness, in joy, not pains, and on the overall that the Lord is here to sustain your joy in glory,” Bishop Harris told the elated students.
He encouraged the students to take their lessons seriously, noting that education is a process of formally or informally acquiring knowledge or skills.
“By educating others, you invest into the future, you prepare the learners for a better life and you take a positive or affirmative action in the development of your country,” he told the instructors.
The co-founder of the school, Mrs. Christine Tolbert Norman, said she and her partner, Mrs. Sadie Deshield, walked and worked their dream to reach the 49th anniversary.
“My good friend and partner came to me and registered the idea of starting a school one day in 1968; and I too bought her idea after having consultations with my husband. Yes, we made it when our husbands understood what we were pursuing; and they supported us by providing the money to rent a vacant building owned by Charles Snetter at this same ELWA junction,” Mrs. Norman said.
She said after a year of academic activities, she and her colleague were able to raise money and started building a school, which is now the Isaac A. David Memorial High School.
“This school’s first name was Paynesville Private School, but after the completion of the building in 1971, we agreed to rename it in memory of one our country’s former Associate Justice, Isaac A. David Sr.; and from then till now, it is known as Isaac A. David Memorial High School,” Mrs. Norman said.
She promised to construct a multi-sports center for all students, including students from adjacent schools “that will find pleasure to exercise with their colleagues at Isaac A. David.”
This year’s gala anniversary was climaxed with cultural performances by students, songs from the choir, drama, and games, including football, kickball and basketball, played between the host school and the Seventh Day Adventist High School.