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Mom and daughter Eagles enjoy the Saturday tail-gate festivities. Mabry Henson Terrill, a 1978 graduate, with her daughter Jessica Terrill McCarroll, a member of the Class of 2000 and president of the PHS Alumni Association.
Efforts by the newly formed Pasadena High Alumni Association to turn up the volume at Homecoming festivities attracted graduates from near and far over the weekend, including an Olympic medalist.
The result was greater volume. And also a volume.
"Our yearbook collection at the school was missing 1941," Pasadena Principal Joe Saavedra explained. "I mentioned that to one of our alumni whose mother graduated that year. He's going to arrange to have that yearbook donated to the school."
About 60 alumni came to campus on Friday for tours conducted by Student Council members and for the Homecoming pep rally. Refreshments were provided by culinary arts students and cheerleaders presented small mums to alumni.
Dozens more attended a pre-game tail-gate party on Saturday at Auxiliary Stadium and participated in a parade across the street to Veterans Memorial Stadium. PHS seniors sold barbecue plates at the tail-gate party as a fund-raiser.
A Pasadena Fire Department truck led the parade with the Eagles drill team, band and cheerleaders marching and performing along the route.
A long procession of alumni followed in brightly decorated vehicles with Pasadena Eagle flags flapping on the sides.
"Between tailgating, our parade and the game, we had over 250 alumni from years ranging from 1954-2012," said Tricia Anderson, a PHS graduate and faculty member who served on the organizing committee.
"It was great to see people, young and old, all decked out in green and showing their Eagle Pride."
Although the Eagles lost the football game to South Houston High, halftime provided high points for the weekend. Alex Alacron and Amalrani Ortono were crowned Homecoming king and queen. Marlen Esparza, a 2007 Pasadena High graduate and a boxing bronze medalist at the recent London Olympics, participated in the crowning ceremony.
Saavedra also presented Esparza with a Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of her induction into the Pasadena High Hall of Fame. Football players from Eagles teams in the 1990s were honored in a pre-game ceremony. The players were joined by their coach, Ray Ward.
"Everybody had a great time," Saavedra said. "The alumni were happy to see that so many of our traditions are still going strong. We had a lot of our people comment about how happy they were that they came out and participated."
Montie Dykes Pennington and Linda Cruse Conard, both 1967 graduates, reunite at Homecoming.
PHS Assistant Principal Steve Martin chats with Anastasia Bradshaw Sawyer, a member of the Class of 1964.
Remembering the glory days, Joe Maddox, Class of 1959, and Larry Smith, Class of 1958.
PHS cheerleaders pose for a photo before the parade to the stadium.
PHS Principal Joe Saavedra escorts Olympian boxer Marlen Esparza to the 50 yard-line during halftime festivities.
Homecoming King and Queen for 2012: Axel Alacron and Amairani Ortono.