Blast to the past! Old panoramic photos and newspapers were spread throughout the small gym for many to enjoy.
PHOTO: Justine Afalla
By Justine Afalla and Rosa Lin
Piedmont Hills celebrates its 50th year anniversary with its very own Family Fun Day, to recollect memories made from the swinging 60s to the present. The event held on Oct. 3 presented multiple fun-filled activities and attractions for all those who attended.
Family Fun Day’s most significant activity “Walk Down Memory Lane” was located inside the Kenneth B. Jackson Gym across the football field. Various panoramic photos were spread across the perimeter of the gym with graduates ranging from the black and white 60s to the colorful 2000s. Multiple trends and fashions were also showcased during the event. “Fashion in the 70s was pretty grungy,” laughed Diane Masuda, a PHHS graduate of 1972. The event also displayed a multitude of past issues of The Legend and a video regarding the various significant events at Piedmont Hills, evoking a sense of genuine nostalgia towards the audience.
Other activities included intense games of ping pong and basketball between various alumni, as well as a bounce house for the many children who also attended the event. Alumni through the years also participated in taking class photos varying by graduation year. Food such as hot dogs and nachos were also served to the hungry attendees while they admired the aspiring history of Piedmont Hills High School.
“I miss the friendships made at Piedmont Hills and the stunning faculty in this beautifully well-kept school,” exclaimed PHHS English teacher of 1965 Joann Reed. Mrs. Reed and multiple alumni acknowledged the various embellishments added to the school, such as the small gym, football field and multiple computer labs. “I remember I had to use a typewriter during my typing course here at Piedmont Hills,” recalled a PHHS alumni. Past graduates were happy to support the beneficial advancements Piedmont Hills has experienced in order to meet with current trends, leaving the older generation with a sense of gratitude.
Other activities present during the event included photo-taking with alumni, various family-bonding sport activities such as table-tennis and basketball, bounce houses to keep the children entertained and food served by Piedmont Hills’ very own students. Attendees were given the opportunity to bond by catching up on memorable events made at Piedmont. Overall, the event impressed a diverse set of smiles and bliss amongst the attendees.
“Dream Big, be successful and stay in school to keep involved,” mentioned Piedmont Hills graduate of 1975 Randy Nelson.
“Have fun and don’t rush,” concluded multiple past graduates of Piedmont Hills.