First ‘Ram-ily’ Reunion brings hundreds out to celebrate Manual

Published: May. 22, 2022 at 5:37 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Alumni of Manual High School were invited out to the Peter H Clark Elks Lodge to eat, catch up, dance and celebrate the school that tied them all together.

Hundreds showed up, reunion organizer Creston Coleman said the goal was to embrace Manual and celebrate their basketball legacy because it was the 25 anniversary of the 1997 championship win.

“You know we’re all just on a natural high right now just seeing each other and being together. It’s been a long time,” Coleman said.

The event was also the start of filming for an upcoming documentary that will detail the history of Manual High School’s multi-championship winning basketball team.

The documentary is titled: Orange and Black: Beneath the Numbers.

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