Home, sweet homecoming
“You Can’t Go Home Again” is a classic book authored by Thomas Wolfe.
He was not from South Lake Tahoe.
Not only can you go home here, you will probably find your snow shovel right where you left it.
On Saturday South Tahoe High School will celebrate homecoming, a reunion party that has been growing in the last three years.
Alumni from throughout the country will return for a day’s worth of activities. Nearly 200 are expected.
“This is a good time to see all your old friends,” said David Borges, class of 1972. “I’ve always encouraged homecoming to be a reunion for everybody (from all STHS classes).”
Borges, part of a water-skiing family that includes brothers Don, Dwight and Dean, is one of the fortunate alumni – he still lives here.
Most graduates leave the hill to get a job or and an education. Many make it back.
Rus Wilson, class of 1977, was away for 13 years. He says he’s home for good.
“Everyone comes back,” he said. “This is paradise.”
Leona Evans Allen, class of 1978, left to attend Humboldt State University, and she stayed there for a period of time after graduating to work in law enforcement.
“I always knew I would come home,” she said. “Not coming home was not an option. This is and always will be home.”
Jennifer Pugh Scanio, class of 1988, has lived at the lake nearly her entire life. “I did live in Fresno for a while, but we don’t like to talk about that,” she said.
The incoming president of the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation is helping to organize Saturday’s parade which starts at 9 a.m. at the middle school’s bus garage and will go to the high school, heading up the hill on Julie Lane. She said the parade as well as the mood at it was a bit down last year.
“There was a lot of negativity with the two (elementary) schools closing,” Scanio said. “I wanted to start focusing energy to the kids and education. There are so many good things that have happened with our schools in the last three months.”
The highlights being the hiring of Superintendent James Tarwater, who bridged previous ideas in the district to a reality and helped start the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School, and the LTEF raising enough money to fund class size reduction for the district’s first-graders.
The festivities begin Friday with the dedication of Alumni Lane, a tile-lined hallway between the administrative building and the library. Alumni have purchased 124 tiles for $300, with proceeds going to the Alumni Council, an arm of the LTEF, according to Susie Raby, class of 1968.
“People who have their names on the tiles feel so special because they will always be part of the school,” said Raby, who said the money raised likely will go to restoring the theater.
Saturday’s activities begin at 8:45 a.m. with a fun run starting at the middle school track, the one used for the 1968 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Qualifiers. Runners will head to the high school, stopping at traffic lights. Dave Borges (530-541-3692) is in charge of the run, and Allen is overseeing traffic safety, with the “Y” crossing posing the greatest challenge.
The parade starts at 9 a.m., with the class of 1955 the honored guests who will be celebrating a 50-year reunion, a tradition that began in 2003. The school opened in 1953 at the site of the American Legion Hall.
Grand marshals will be Carolyn Doyle Wolfe, Joanne Fay Gannon, Kent Bailey, Leora Woolery Covel and Barbara Caredio Loyd. They will ride in 1955 roadsters provided by Margie Daum.
Daum, class of 1956, said she is looking forward to being in the parade next year. She will be in her 1956 Packard Caribbean convertible.
The theme for the parade will be super heroes, but it will include real-life heroes from police and fire departments, the medical industry and military.
A breakfast for the alumni will be at the school’s cafeteria at 10:30 a.m. It is put on by the booster club.
An alumni volleyball game has been canceled.
The football game is at the Viking Bowl at 1 p.m. The Vikings play Reno, and both squads have 1-2 records.
First-year coach Nick Samaras’ team was held scoreless in its first two games, but last week it defeated Forest Hill 52-0. Chris Diana had three interceptions and Martin Taylor had three sacks.
Unlike the Vikings’ passing teams of the recent past, the current squad features a running game, which could be good, considering the weather forecast. High winds and overcast skies are called for. It is not expected to rain, but it will be a cold night.
Raby will be the host at the post-game barbecue at the Tahoe Keys outdoor swimming pool. Passaretti’s will provide the food and Erik Winkleman the music.
The students’ dance will be in both gyms and will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Alumni can purchase buttons ($25 for LTEF members, $40 for nonmembers) which will be good for the breakfast, football game and barbecue.
Contact Del Lane: (530) 577-2960, email@example.com.