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IPS recognizes Wanda F. Towner Harris, Arsenal Technical High School graduate,
Class of 1948. Arsenal Tech proudly offers an elite vocation hub, The Career
and Technology Center, that prepares students for high-demand careers and post-secondary
schooling. As a 25-year member of the Tech Alumni board, Wanda F. Towner Harris
has a vision to expand the trade and vocational classes available to students. “It’s
important for students to learn a trade in school, this is where students
acquire a strong foundation for a successful career,” she said.

 

After her own graduation from Tech, Towner Harris continued her
studies at St. Vincent’s School of Nursing. Her older brother enlisted into the
U.S. Air Force, which influenced her decision to also join. Shortly after she enlisted
into the military, the Air Force and Army divided; the medical department remained
with the Army. She continued her journey within the military by attending Radio
Operator School, signing up for a three-year term. She married while in the
military, but strict regulations against marriage resulted in her being discharged
only one year into service. After taking some time as a homemaker, Towner
Harris returned to her career as a radio operator for six years. She eventually
landed a job with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where she served
for 24 years, retiring in 1990.

 

Towner Harris said her greatest accomplishment is raising her two
children, Cindy (65) and Stacy (61), as a single parent.

 

She eventually remarried, and has been married to Bill Harris for 23
years. They love spending time with their five daughters, 12 grandchildren, and
three great-grandchildren. In her spare time, Towner Harris loves gardening and
riding in her 1948 Pontiac convertible.    

 

Looking back, her fondest IPS memory is being one of the first
majorettes at Arsenal Tech; she was instrumental in starting the school’s
majorette team. Towner Harris also thinks back to a humorous moment during her
Tech days. “I remember cutting class in the middle of the day to get my dad a
seat on the 50-yard line for a football home game,” she said. “In return, I got
detention, but I felt that it was worth it.”
 
 
During the time Towner Harris was in school, students
were granted the option to sign up for a school of their choice. She originally
signed up to attend Shortridge High School, but her mother mandated that she go
to Tech with her brother so that he could keep an eye on her. In the end, Towner
Harris was happy she landed at Tech. She is a proud Titan and proud alumni!