The class of 2017 was the 110th to join the South Pasadena Alumni Association, perhaps the high school’s proudest institution. The Association was launched in the early 1980s when a few alumni who called themselves the “old boys” got together and organized a largescale class reunion. The first 75 classes to graduate from South Pasadena High School, founded in 1906, attended. About 5,000 people showed up. A reunion parade with marchers organized by their class began at Garfield Park ended at the high school. Cheerleaders from the class of 1935 were wearing their cheerleader outfits. Football players wore their lettermans. The result of this event was the founding of the Alumni Association.
Last Wednesday, Dec. 6, Mary Gill and Dolores Hoegeman Brown were honored by members of the Class of ’61 and a couple members of the class of ’60 for their decades of effort keeping alums in touch in a small celebration at Gus’s BBQ on Fair Oaks. The evening was a sweet moment for the alumni, many of whom have been meeting for yearly reunions for decades.