Distinguished alumnus chosen homecoming grand marshal
When the Madera High School homecoming parade takes off from Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Thursday, it will also be a homecoming for Albert Wilburn, M.D., this year’s parade grand marshal.
Wilburn was a 1963 graduate of Madera High School, where he excelled both in academics and athletics.
He was a member of the renowned Madera Coyote basketball team that won the Valley championship in his senior year. He was also a football standout at Madera High. Wilburn was the school’s spring student council president for 1963 and was named the California Scholarship Federation Boy of the Year for Northern California.
Wilburn came to California from Clarksville, Texas, at the age of 6 with his mother, father, and four siblings in the winter of 1950. His father had determined to give his children every educational opportunity possible, and that meant leaving the segregated school systems of the South...