South Carroll High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3. All alumni, former teachers, coaches, support staff, and interested community members are invited.
“It’s will be a good time to share old memories and a way to see how the school has changed,” said former teacher Wayne Reisberg. “The slogan is once a Cavalier, always a Cavalier.”
According to a SCHS press release, the Stagelighters will present a musical cabaret entitled “Cavaliers through the Years” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2 in the Fine Arts auditorium. Alumni who participated in past theatre productions will join in the performance. The event is free and open to the public.
The re-dedication ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3 in the auditorium. A variety of guests from the local communities and the Board of Education will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and offering remarks. Current students will lead parts of the ceremony and perform with the alumni in chorus and band selections.
SCHS alum and current office manager Ruthann Pittiger said the anniversary celebration has been in the works for a year.
“It will be a big 50th reunion,” Pittiger said. “We thought it would be neat to re-dedicate the building 50 years to the day.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests will be invited to tour the building to see how the school has changed through 50 years. There also will be a reception with light refreshments in the main lobby. Special anniversary memorabilia will be available for purchase during the reception and tours. Artwork by SCHS alumni artists will be displayed in the auditorium lobby during the weekend celebration.
An alumni and friends dinner and dance will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Winfield Fire Hall. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased directly from the school or ordered online. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 28.
Alum Danielle Fowler hopes the weekend-long celebration will “bring out people from every decade to show their SCHS pride.”
“With so much negative news about schools lately, it’s great to see people coming together to celebrate 50 years of history and make it something joyful,” Fowler said. “The South Carroll area has grown so much over the last 50 years but the high school has remained constant and strong.”
Fowler said the celebration will continue throughout the school year. She expects commemorations to be scheduled during sports events and graduation.