Preserving Wiregrass School Histories

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DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) - After months of planning and decision making, students, parents and faculty at both Northview High School and Dothan High School are getting ready to embrace change.

The new Dothan High School will have different colors and a new mascot, but the history will stay alive through new t-shirts.

"It's about tradition, I hate that tradition is lost because no more Dothan High Northview you can’t compete anymore but kids have a better chance to grow and learn," said Myles Campbell, Senior Dothan High School band member.

And to help with that transition - Northview and Dothan High School band directors have brought musicians together.

"There’s good things to come we just have to make sure we do everything we can so all the kids have a great time," said Larry Bachelor Northview band director.

The Northview High School band booster President posted on Facebook asking who would be interested in making t-shirts. What sparked the idea? Her son - a junior in the Northview marching band will now march with Dothan High School for his senior year.

"You know we are in the south change is hard change is difficult embracing our history and traditions along with looking forward with some of the great things to come Dedra Garrey, NHS band booster president.

And they aren't the only ones thinking about the future.

For junior clarinet – Binsleigh Rodgers - she won't forget where she came from.

"I’m keeping all my tiger shirts and all of those because that's still the high school i went to for three years because no matter what I’m going to be a tiger deep down" binsleigh rodgers, Junior DHS band member.

"I did want to graduate from my high school but I’m willing to embrace the change"

The designs aren't finished yet, but both shirts will use historic logos
Organizers say they contacted the t-shirt makers and hope to get production started within the next few weeks.

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