The Top Fifty Banquet was begun in 1960. The purpose was to Honor those Fifty Outstanding High School Graduating Students, who had excelled in Academics and achieved the highest grades at Abilene High School. A speaker is chosen to make the event a memorable experience. In1962, Cooper High was included, and in 1981, Wylie High and Abilene Christian High wereincluded, so the name was changed to The Top Fifty Plus Banquet. The event is usually held on the third Thursday o f May.