First East Davidson High Homecoming Queen Recognized at Piedmont Crossing Parade

October 27, 2016

On October 28, 1962, Judy Byerly was crowned as the first homecoming queen of East Davidson High School as they challenged Central Davidson. Now 54 years later and with a different last name, Judy Byerly Embry became honorary homecoming queen once again at a local parade.

Embry, who was co-valedictorian of her graduating class in 1962 and co-chief of the cheerleading squad the same year, currently lives with her husband, Darrell, at Piedmont Crossing in Thomasville. Through a partnership between the school and Piedmont Crossing, the retirement community welcomes East Davidson High School as they bring their homecoming parade to their campus each year. This year’s parade had a special touch.

Donned in a shiny crown and a sash that read “1962 Homecoming Queen,” Embry was escorted through the parade in an automobile full of fellow East Davidson alumni. Students from the high school made signs that showed parade goers who each person was and their graduation year.  One sign also read “Once an Eagle Warrior, Always an Eagle Warrior.” Students showed their spirit by wearing the school colors as they marched through community. The band members played an array of instruments, the color guard twirled their flags, cheerleaders chanted, and parade floats lined the streets of Piedmont Crossing.

“Piedmont Crossing is very thankful for the administration and students at East Davidson High School for taking time to give us our own homecoming parade and bring this excitement to our community. For many of our residents, it brings back fond memories of high school or college,” stated Blair White, Marketing Director at Piedmont Crossing. “For Judy, the partnership allowed her to be homecoming queen again and display the same school spirit she had over 50 years ago.”