By Ashley Rader
Each year, former Watauga Academy students gather at Butler Baptist Church on the Sunday after Old Butler Days. The 1948 graduating class was the last group of seniors to receive their high school diploma from Watauga Academy.
While classmates come from around the country to attend the reunion, Academy alumni note the number returning becomes smaller ever year.
George Walker described Watauga Academy as more than just a school. Walker graduated in the class of 1943.
“The school had a history,” Walker said.