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Denair celebrates 100 years

Centennial events feature alums from past decades

POSTED October 19, 2012 6:44 p.m.

Hundreds of Denair residents sported purple and white and returned to their alma mater last Friday to celebrate Denair High’s 100th anniversary. The party of the century kicked off with a series of memorable events and a lineup of special guests at the school’s Homecoming parade and football game.

“We invited former alums and queens to be part of this special celebration,” said activities director Darris Allen.  “Our lineup included football players from past years, cheerleaders, former head football coaches Ron Cornell and Tom Brunkfkill and two of our first football champions from 1951 Glen Coftin and Staff Ember.  Also in attendance was our oldest alum, Byron Ginnichio, 97, who graduated back in 1934.  He led the pact during our homecoming parade and was recognized as our Grand Marshall.”

Former alums were given a special tour around campus on Friday morning. During the rally, students were presented with a 10 minute slide of Denair’s High School evolution and trajectory over the past 100 years. 

“The whole town was in the centennial spirit,” said Allen.  “When our homecoming floats strolled through downtown, stores and other businesses were decorated from head to toe.  It was an incredible sight to see.”

The celebration did not stop there, in between the homecoming football game each varsity cheerleader held a football with a specific decade commemorating alums that were present in the stands.

“We had every queen, football player, and cheerleader stand up when their decade was called,” said Allen. “They walked in front of the football field to be recognized. It was incredible to see all these familiar faces unite once again.”

Getting a hold of former students wasn’t a difficult task said Allen, who was also a former Denair High School student and graduate from the class of 1985.

“Facebook was a good source of contact because the majority of people are connected through social media,” said Allen.  “We also have many former students who are still living in Denair and are still involved throughout the community.  Overall, the event could not have run more smoothly.  Having everyone unite through this centennial celebration was priceless.”

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