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March 23, 2022
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101-Year-Old Man Presented With High SchoolDiploma


A 101-year-old man who had to drop out of high school in WestVirginia in the 1930s was presented with a diploma more than 80 years later.

MerrillPittman Cooper attended Storer College, a former high school in Harper's Ferry,but he had to drop out during his senior year in 1938 when he and his motherrelocated to Philadelphia for financial reasons.

Cooper said he regret never graduating during a 2018 visit to the former StorerCollege campus, so, relatives to reach out to another district, JeffersonCounty Schools.

This month,Cooper was presented with an honorary diploma by Jefferson County Schools in agraduation ceremony attended by his family.

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