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Former Gibbs High athletes to gather Saturday

A hastily planned gathering of Gibbs High School athletes, some from as far back as the 1940s, shows signs of becoming a well-attended event.

"It has mushroomed. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm," said Al Campbell, a 1950 graduate who was assistant football coach from 1962 to 1964 and head football coach from 1964 to 1972.

The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lake Maggiore Park, 3801 Dr. M. L. King (Ninth) St. S.

Former athletes and other students, coaches and teachers are expected, some traveling from as far away as California, Campbell said. Anyone who is connected to Gibbs is invited, he said. The only requirement is bringing a covered dish, photographs, memorabilia and lots of stories from high school days.

Now a resident of the San Francisco Bay area, Campbell said the idea for the reunion grew out of a desire to see his friends and former students.

But Saturday's gathering will be more than an opportunity to exchange stories. Campbell plans to discuss several concerns.

Among them: honoring Robert Newton and Vincent Williams, two athletes who died in 1970 while practicing during an electrical storm; the Gibbs Athletic Hall of Fame; and the creation of an archive of the school's history.

"There are a lot of memories and trophies the current students need to be aware of," Campbell said. "That's the kind of thing you build your tradition on."

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