By Alexa Rocero, Courier Staff Writer
Contrary to the popular belief that last year was the 50th class at James Logan, this year, the class of 2010, actually takes the title. In commemoration of this significant milestone, the new James Logan Alumni Association is teaming up with Logan’s ASB leadership to plan a three-day celebration unlike anything this school has ever seen.
The Alumni Association was created this past summer and was chartered by former principal and interim superintendent David Pava. Previously, graduating classes from Logan organized amongst themselves, keeping up with their own classes exclusively. This new organization, however, is an aggregation of any and all students who have graduated from the school. Current members of this association include alumni from classes as far back as 1960 to its youngest member, Francis Rojas, who graduated in 1997. But, as Rojas stated, they are “always encouraging more members. It doesn’t matter if you graduated 50 years ago or if you’re in the class of 2009. If you graduated, you’re welcome to join.”
This three-day extravaganza has officially been dubbed the “50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration” and, as its name suggest, is an outgrowth of the usual homecoming festivities. During the weekend of November 13th through the 15th, activities are being coordinated to honor alumni from the past 50 years. On Friday, the 13th, during the homecoming game, there will be alumni recognition. Afterwards, there will be a meet-and-greet with free cake in the student union (also known as the cafeteria).
On Saturday, the 14th, from 3-7 there will be a homecoming fair, similar to the unity fair held in May. Alumni and community members are invited to come out and enjoy the festivities of the day. There will be booths run by clubs on campus, selling food and doing other forms of fundraisers. Performances onstage by on-campus clubs such as Ballet Folklorio as well by alumni groups in the community will be providing entertainment to the celebratory atmosphere. In the cafeteria, artifacts such as old uniforms and pictures will be on display for people to view. Those interested in the historical aspect of the school can also go on scheduled tours of the campus, led by leadership students, to learn interesting facts about the buildings and admire how far James Logan has truly come.
In the Old Gym, from 6-7 o’clock, there will be an alumni sockhop, entitled the “Dance Through the Decades.” Music from the past half century will be played so that people will be able to dance and reminisce with fellow Logan alumni. Later that night, at 8, the normal Homecoming Dance for current students will be held in the pavilion.
To conclude this weekend, the Alumni Association has teamed up with the Oakland Raiders to make it “James Logan Day” on Sunday, the 15th, at the Coliseum. Ticket packages to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs are on sale, ranging from $50-100. This package will include V.I.P. seating, special Logan recognition during the game, and a gift package. Before kickoff, there will be a tailgate party in the parking lot.
Along with the intent to celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Logan’s homecoming, the Alumni Association is planning this weekend in hopes to spread the word about their new organization and raise money for scholarships.