Triplett Tech celebrates its 50th anniversary

September marks the 50th anniversary for Triplett Tech, and celebrations are planned for the rest of the year.

“We are very proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary,” said Triplet Tech Principal Connie Pangle.

An open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. T-shirts will be sold during the open house and proceeds going toward Triplett Tech’s SKILLS organization. There also will be a raffle of donated items.

The T-shirts are gray with green and yellow lettering, matching schools colors, and says “Triplett Trained” on the front, with the option of personalizing with year of graduation. The back will say “Since 1965.”

A formal portrait was taken of the current and four former principals of the schools and will be displayed in the front lobby after a renovation is completed.

Other plans include an alumni reunion dinner to be held in the spring.

Triplett Tech was named after Dr. Joseph Irvin Triplett who was born in Mount Jackson in 1845. Before passing away in 1930, Triplett wrote a will that left the bulk of a three quarter of a million dollar estate to establish a business college near his hometown.

The Triplett Business and Technical Institute opened Jan. 3, 1966, and evolved over the years to highlight more trade and industry classes, with fewer business classes being offered.

Triplett is buried in the cemetery next to the school and “he watches over us everyday,” Pangle said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

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