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John Telford was told he did not graduate in the 1982 class, despite graduating with five other people the previous year
Man reunited with his high school letterman jacket from 28 ago
For 27 years, John Telford thought he had graduated from a St Joseph’s elementary school in Houston, Texas, with his classmates. But now he knows the story of how that class got its letterman jacket.
Telford was informed he did not graduate in the 1982 class, despite graduating with five other people in 1981, according to a report by CNN.
However, his classmate Tony Brubaker who was with him for the 1981 ceremony thinks their class was disqualified by a late invitation to attend. His sister didn’t apply, Brubaker said.
The letter is inscribed with the words: “Honor Class of 1982. Honors graduated – 26th class meeting held 10th, 1st, 1st Class in 2nd semester of 1982.”
The original jacket is from the 0C class, the 2A class, or the 2B class, Brubaker said. He added: “It was my mistake.”
In an interview with Texas Parks and Wildlife a few years ago, when Telford was asked if he was proud to graduate in 1981, Telford said: “A little bit.”
“It’s a smidgen,” he added. “It doesn’t really matter.”
Brubaker said he was happy to help Telford get his jacket back.
“It was a surreal experience for John,” Brubaker said in an email to CNN. “We both grew up in the same area … and since we couldn’t both go to college the same way, we became very close friends.”
The letterman jacket was loaned to the Museum of Natural Science in Houston.
According to TexAgs, which is often associated with high school sports, St Joseph’s will also honor its former member during its annual reunion in April 2016.
“We only have two other graduate to complete this long list,” the school posted on its Facebook page. “Congratulations to George Duncan and Bill Cheeseman and all your classmates.”