Watson B. Duncan’s former drama students are giving the late Shakespeare fanatic a fitting birthday tribute at the Palm Beach Gardens school that bears his name.
Watson B. Duncan Middle School has timed its 25th anniversary celebration to coincide with Duncan’s birthday Feb. 16. The party starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the school’s courtyard, 5150 117th Court North. It is open to all, according to a news release from the Palm Beach County School District.
The “Live the Legend, A Star Glow of Tomorrow” event will feature guest speakers, a performance by Duncan students and a Shakespearean tribute to Duncan by his drama students.
Students will also celebrate with cake and activities during lunch next Thursday.
Duncan, a popular Palm Beach State College professor, taught for more than 30 years until the day he died in 1991. He called Shakespeare “the Big S” and often celebrated his birthday with cake and a costume.
Actor and Jupiter resident Burt Reynolds credited Duncan with turning his attention from athletics to acting. He once described Duncan as a “six-foot-four curmudgeon elf” with an engaging laugh.
Watson B. Duncan Middle School and Lake Worth Middle School both opened Aug. 26, 1991.