Agoura High School is commemorating its 50th anniversary with programs and events scheduled throughout the 2014-15 school year, and organizers hope to bring a vintage feel to the festivities.
“The high school has reverted back to its original logo for all its correspondence,” said Amy Jones-Brink, chair of the Agoura High 50th celebration committee, referring to the 1965 logo featuring a lightning bolt shooting through a knight on a “charger” horse.
Rather than throwing one major “birthday party,” the committee is arranging for several events that “highlight different facets of the high school experience,” said Jones-Brink.
The premiere event is an athletic alumni reception being held in the high school’s “G” building from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24. Appetizers from the Landing Grill and Cronies Sports Grill will be served. Following the gathering will be Agoura’s homecoming football game against Calabasas High School.
Ruta Aras, a parent volunteer on the committee, has been in charge of collecting vintage items for the affair. “I have four large suitcases filled with stuff,” she said.
Thanks to the generous donations of former and current staff and students, Aras has amassed old uniforms, helmets, cheerleader outfits, programs, tickets and other memorabilia. Aras will be creating a “banner” by stringing the donated jerseys on a nylon string across the room. There will also be a plexiglass-covered station filled with fragile images and paper items. “This has been a great community experience,” she said. “This is history, and it gives our current students an emotional connection to the past.”
The Agoura Hills Public Library will use some of the collected memorabilia for a special high school installation, which will run through the holidays, according to Jones-Brink, who is also the city’s director of community services.
For their part, the theater arts boosters will host movies that are also celebrating 50th milestones. The movie version of the 50-year-old Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be shown at the Performing Arts Education Center, and a screening of the Beatle’s renowned A Hard Day’s Night (1965) is planned. Aras is currently working the boosters to collect memorabilia related to theater–programs, posters, tickets, etc. If you have such items, contact Ruta at [email protected].
Agoura’s journalism students will chronicle the anniversary for “The Charger” newspaper throughout the school year.
For anyone interested in making donations, an alumni fund will be established this year.