Friday, November 2, 2012

50th Anniversary / Birthday Rally 11.1.12

On November 1, 2012 Loara High School celebrated their 50th year in existence.  Covered in an earlier blog, Loara Beginnings - 80's you'll remember the school opened on November 1, 1962.  We have been planning this day for quite some time but with the help of David Sporn (class of 1990) Chuck McCance (class of 1974), Susan Nicholas (class of 1965) and alumni teachers Gary and Jeanette Cleaveland we were able to pull this off in full Saxon fashion.  Of course the main players were in place, asb, the band, the choir, jrotc, the cheerleaders and the color guard ready to perform to put on a great show.  We also had help from the PTSA bringing in over 2000 cupcakes for our kids, our new Principal John Briquelet as our emcee, the Superintendent Elizabeth Novack as our guest speaker and several alumni, alumni teachers and staff along with board members and other district officials.  It was an afternoon to remember.

50th Anniversary Celebration

Other Loara Dignitaries were;

  1. Alden Esping (Health and Activities Director / Also at Ball Jr. High 30 years)
  2. Carol Cook 
  3. Dr. Jan Billings (taught in AUHSD and former Superintendent)
  4. Shirley Miller (Ball Junior High's Cafeteria)
  5. Dr. Agnes Meck (AP)
  6. Mike Greenwood and his wife (Math)
  7. Don Budd (Math)
  8. Dave Hurlburt (taught Drivers Ed and Math - the longest at Loara)
  9. Luis Ruiz (one of the first teachers at Loara)
  10. Beverly Nicholas (school nurse)
  11. Dave Strauht (custodian in the 60's and 70's)
  12. Chuck Darrington
  13. Bob Gardener (Principal at Clara Barton)
I can't explain the feeling of the campus by students and teachers alike, they were more complimentary than I've ever seen them in recent memory.

That morning during the video announcements, Gwen Stefani wished the Saxons a Happy 50th Anniversary (a video we also showed those in attendance of the Homecoming Assembly.)

Gwen Stefani's Congrats

"Back on November 1st, 1962, Loara High School first opened its doors to the public. Over the intervening 50 years, it has been an outstanding public high school, one with a rich history of academic and athletic successes and one that is still cherished by its students, staff, alumni, and the local community. Because this Thursday marks the actual 50th Anniversary of the Saxons, we will be celebrating with a pep-rally and ribbon-cutting ceremony during our students’ lunch period. In addition to our own students and staff, dignitaries from AUHSD, and Loara’s storied past have been invited to attend. We are looking forward to a wonderful event that will help all of us memorialize this important date."

Mr. John Briquelet - Principal 2012


  1. Gwen looks lovely. Like a regular girl. Once I get my sound system actually working, I look forward to watching it again.

  2. Awwe that was very sweet of her to say that!