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Staff, students, and alumni remember Kirby Junior High with flag-lowering ceremony

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — After facing a take-over by the state a few years ago, WFISD Superintendent Dr. Donny Lee said the district implemented new staff and new ideas at Kirby Middle School to improve student participation and grades. At the same time, the school remained under the school district’s supervision.

Students, staff, and alumni gathered Wednesday in the parking lot for a flag-lowering ceremony. After the remainder of the school year, the school will close for good, and students will move into the former Hirschi High School building.

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Curtis Jackson, a Kirby alumni himself, was there at the ceremony and brought us the sights and sounds from today.

“Years ago, Kirby Middle School was one of the top-performing schools in the country,” Dr. Lee said, addressing the crowd in the parking lot. He gestured in Taylor’s general direction: “Dianne Taylor, she knows.”

Former Kirby Principal Dianne Taylor was wearing a cream-colored blazer, an orange shirt and a neckerchief and holding a matching bouquet of roses.

“I’m very proud of the students, the staff, the parents, and the community that was here and supported me from 1992 to 2005,” Former Kirby Principal Dianne Taylor said.

“And they raised the bar and raised the expectations that there are no excuses whether you’re rich, poor, white, brown, or black, we’re going to get the job done, and for three consecutive years we ain’t going nowhere,” Dr. Lee said.

Three Kirby students lowered the American and Texas flags from the pole, folding them each according to flag etiquette.

“We couldnt do it without the staff and the students and the parents,” Taylor said.

A student saluted his teacher and handed over the Stars and Stripes, now folded into a neat triangle, as the empty halyard clangs against the pole behind them.

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