Manual’s 50-Year Club serves as host for the annual banquet and celebration at 1 p.m.
Morris participated in the band under the direction of William Kleyla that marched in the first Indy 500 parade and opened the Madison Avenue Expressway. The band is also where he met his future wife Becky, to whom he has been married 56 years.
After graduating from Manual, Morris attended Ball State University where he became a member of the Mid-America marching band. His role was to teach the band how to march. When asked by the director where he learned to march, Morris replied “Manual High School.”
Upon graduating from BSU, he received two Masters degrees in administration and supervision. Morris began his teaching career in Washington Township but later was with Perry Township schools. He taught 14 years in 4-8 grades. After 24 years in the classroom became a principal at Clinton Young, Douglas MacArthur, Mary Bryan, and Abraham Lincoln elementary schools.
Morris has received the Administrator of the Year Award, selected as a member of the “Who’s Who in American Education,” awarded as a life time member of the National PTA, and inducted into Phi Delta Kappa. He was a charter member of the Ball State chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity. He has served on the Carriage Estates home owners association, the Perry Township Board of Education, and as an adjunct professor, supervising student teachers, at Indiana Wesleyan University.
He and his wife have two children and five grandchildren.