THS Class of 1973


Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas – Sunday, May 20, 1973

Dan Petty, a Texas High graduate who was president of his senior class in 1957, will address the 1973 seniors at commencement exercises set for Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Texarkana College Auditorium. The 496-member class is the largest ever to be graduated from Texas High.

Petty, 33, was named director of public affairs for The University of Texas System in January after serving the two previous years as executive assistant to the governor of Texas.

Prior to his work in the governor’s office, Petty served as administrative assistant and assistant city manager for the City of Lubbock and as director of urban affairs for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. He also has taught municipal government at Southern Methodist University.

Upon graduation from Texas High Petty attended the University of Texas in Austin on a football scholarship. There he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in public administration. In 1964 he was awarded a fellowship to the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Master of Governmental Administration Degree from The Wharton School.

Petty is a member of the Texas and International City Management Association. The University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association and the Lettermen’s Association at the University, American Society of Public Administration, American Society of Planning Officials, and St. John’s United Methodist Church in Austin.

He is married to the former Kay Lacewell, also a Texas High graduate. They have two children, Adrienne, 4, and Kent, 3, and reside in Austin.

Petty will be introduced by C. A. Mitchell, president of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce.

Diplomas will be awarded by members of the Texarkana, Texas Board of Trustees.

President of the class is Darwin Houff. Other class officers are Shelly Pavey, vice-president, Mike Burks, secretary, and Alice Smith, treasurer.