THS Class of 1971


Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas – Sunday, May 16, 1971

Texas High Graduating Class of 1971


Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas – Monday, May 24, 1971

Texas High grads hear Fry

“You are not trained for the kind of world you are about to enter” was part of the Baccalaureate Sermon heard by Texas Senior High School’s 1971 graduating class Sunday afternoon at Texarkana College Auditorium.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Fry, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas and a noted author and speaker, told the 465 candidates for graduation “you have been trained to follow ideals such as love and peace and you have expected to become a part of a good society, hold a good job, drive a good car and have a good wife, but the world you are facing is one of pollution, war, unemployment and breakdown in home.”

“Right here is the only world you have got, and this is it. The question is, what are you going to do with it?”

Looking over an estimated 1500 parents, friends and relatives of the graduates, Dr. Fry said “You have already accepted part of your responsibility by bringing together blacks and whites at this occasion which celebrates your completion of 12 years of education.”

“Now what are you going to do? You have come into the world at this time for this particular crisis. What will be your response? Will it be, I will go, and if I perish, I perish; or are you going to go along with the crowd and let the world perish?”

Prior to the sermon, Dr. Dwayne Bliss, Assistant School Superintendent, welcomed the grads and the audience. Rev. B.C. Green, Pastor of the St. Paul Baptist Church, Rev. James T. Garrett, Williams Memorial Methodist, Rev. E. Oran Coble, Central Christian and Rev. S.A. Stuckey, Mount Orange participated in the Baccalaureate Service – T.M. Hatton served as Choral Director and Quoquese Hill was the pianist.

Texas Senior High School Commencement Exercises will be Friday May 28, at 7:30 at the Texarkana College Auditorium. Bill McGuire, Principal, said the guest speaker will be Al C. Ward.


Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas – Wednesday, May 26, 1971

Television’s Al C. Ward to address Texas High Graduates

Al C. Ward
Al C. Ward

Al C. Ward, MGM television writer, producer and director, will be the featured speaker at Texas High School commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m., May 28 at the Texarkana College Auditorium.

The production of MGM’s “Medical Center” initially won him recognition as a writer. Today, he has several hundred writing credits, among them are, “Playhouse 90”, “12 O’Clock High,” “Bonanza,” “the Fugitive,” “The Virginian,” “Perry Mason,” “Mannix,” “Ben Casey” and the two-hour pilot film on which the successful “Medical Center” series is based.

A native of Texarkana, Tex., Ward worked his way through the University of Texas and UCLA as a professional musician with “name” dance bands. A UCLA student at the same time was Frank Glicksman, though it was years later that the pair first met and then went on to become a team noted for quality television productions. Glicksman is executive producer of “Medical Center.”

Upon graduation from UCLA, Ward joined the Navy to serve during WWII. Soon after his discharge in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant he was hired as an assistant to famed motion picture producer Hal Wallis.

By 1952 he began writing professionally. As his experience grew, he also served as associate producer on “Wells Fargo.” He then joined forces with Glicksman for the first time as associate, producer on “12 O’Clock High” which Glicksman produced. He also was associate producer with Glicksman on “The Long, Hot Summer” television series before becoming producer of “The Monroes.” For “The Monroes” Ward won the coveted Western Heritage Award. In 1968 Ward and Glicksman brought “Medical Center” to MGM. With Chad Everett and James Daly in the starring roles it was at or near the top of the rating during its entire season. Among the honors won was a Golden Globe from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as the best dramatic television series of the 1970-71 season.

Ward expanded his own activities during the second season by directing one of the “Medical Center” episodes. He plans to continue directing.


Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas – Saturday, May 29, 1971

Al C. Ward speaks to senior class

Al C. Ward, MGM writer, producer and director, and a graduate of Texas High told the 450 members of the Texas Senior High School 1971 graduating class “The essential quality of life now is happiness.”

Ward, speaking to an overflow crowd at Texas High’s commencement exercises at the Texarkana College Auditorium Friday stressed the value of happiness in a society where “happiness is all to elusive.”

Ward peppered his serious comments on the value of happiness, health and working for a better society with anecdotes of his high school life as drum major at Texas High.

Ward told the graduates “Be happy. Live your life as you want to. It’s not easy. Nothing worthwhile is.” He urged he graduates to settle for nothing less than “what you want out of life.”

“Go top drawer. Take a chance. Reach out and embrace opportunity. Try for what will make you happy.” Ward said.

“Above all,” he added, remember that the most important things in life are happiness, and sharing happiness with others.” Ward emphasized the idea that the happiness he was talking about did not necessarily mean “big cars, money and country clubs,” but building a better society, “helping this society grow, be better and helping us understand one another.”

Ward’s address followed recognition of the top ten students of the graduating class by High School Principal W.E. McGuire.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at Los Angeles, Ward is the son of Mrs. A.C. Ward of Texarkana.