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Founder, Dr. Myrlene Kennedy

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Myrlene Kennedy, PhD

Myrlene Kennedy

Eunice Myrlene Kennedy, PhD
One of Top Three Finalists in Texas for National Association of Secondary School Principals 2007

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Dr. Kennedy sought the best from everyone only because that is what she gave to Friendswood ISD for over 55 years. Through her, the tradition of excellence was fostered, expected and achieved. Dr. K, as she was affectionately known, dedicated herself to FISD and Friendswood High School as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. As the coach of girls’ basketball, she lost only one district game in nine years and won nine district titles. In addition, she was a professional photographer, but this became a hobby. For so many, she will always be remembered as the founder, director and producer of 46 FHS musicals.

In 1969, Dr. Kennedy directed and produced the first FHS musical, Brigadoon, in the old junior high auditorium. When she and Jerry Sedatole, the band/choir director, first collaborated on Brigadoon, they had no idea what a strong and growing tradition that it would become. Hit after hit followed with productions from Annie Get Your Gun, George M!, Hello, Dolly!, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, to South Pacific. The Friendswood High School Musicals have progressed from sets first made of cardboard boxes and a small wooden house to award-winning scenic designs. Over the years, Dr. Kennedy added a pit band, communication system, choreographer, and wireless microphones. The Musical grew and received numerous Tommy Tune Awards and widespread praise under her dedication and guiding hand.

The Friendswood community will continue to cherish Dr. Kennedy’s influence and tradition of excellence in the Musical for many years to come. Her legacy will be felt in each production, and her quest for only the best will be maintained. As Dr. Kennedy once said, “You have to look where you came from to appreciate where you are now.” Dr. Kennedy passed away from this earth on Jan. 12, 2014. She will be greatly missed and will hold a special place in so many hearts. Her legacy and tradition of excellence will live on in the spirit of The Fighting Mustang.

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FHS Musicals 1969-2021

Annie Get Your Gun 1978 • 1992 • 2002
Beauty and the Beast 2016
Brigadoon 1969 • 1984 • 2009
Carnival 1982
Crazy for You 1999
Fiddler on the Roof 1996 • 2019
42nd Street 2014
Funny Girl 1973
George M! 1976 • 1987 • 2000
Good News! 2004
Guys and Dolls 1979 • 2003 • 2013
Hello, Dolly! 1972 • 1985 • 2007
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The 2018
Les Misérables 2017
Li'l Abner 1980 • 2005
Mame 1988
Mary Poppins 2015
Matilda 2020
Music Man, The 1970 • 1977 • 1989 • 1998 • 2011
My Fair Lady 1997 • 2008
Newsies 2021
No, No, Nanette 1975
Oklahoma! 1974 • 1993 • 2010
Pajama Game, The 1990 • 2001 • 2012
Show Boat 1981 • 1991
Sound of Music, The 1971 • 1986 • 1994
South Pacific 1983 • 1995 • 2006


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