A special ceremony in Calera, to honor the efforts of a 1956 boys state championship basketball team.

Eight of the ten original members of the team were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony, to unveil four signs honoring the teams efforts 51 years ago.

That team played 34 games, winning 32 of them, on their way to the title. To this day, that was the only state championship title the school has had.

The Calera High School Alumni Association Sponsored the event. Which featured a speech from Senator Jay Paul Gumm. Organizers say the money raised to purchase the signs was raised in a matter of days and adds it’s a small price to pay for a group that still means so much to the community.

Mary Burcham says, ““They were good guys they played good together, they yelled well together, they were just a good team they were good boys."

Organizers say they plan on putting the four signs at each end of the city.


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  • by RONNIE Location: SLATEN on May 30, 2007 at 07:16 AM
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COVERING THIS EVENT. MY BROTHER, DWAYNE SLATEN WAS ON THAT TEAM AND WAS PRESENT FOR THE CEREMONY.HE WAS THE ONE WITH THE GRAY WHISKERS WALKING UP TO HAVE HIS PICTURE TAKEN WITH THE TEAM. HE HAS BEEN GONE FROM THIS AREA FOR A LONG TIME BUT STILL COMES BACK 8-10 TIMES A YEAR. AGAIN THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME OUT TO COVER THIS EVENT. IT MAY NOT MEAN A LOT TO ANY OTHER COMMUNITY BUT CALERA BUT IT DOES MEAN A LOT TO US.
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