The first San Clemente High School graduation. All 50 graduating classes from the school are invited to Homecoming this year and efforts underway to create a bronze statue honoring all of the school’s graduates. Photo: Courtesy
The first San Clemente High School graduation. All 50 graduating classes from the school are invited to Homecoming this year and efforts underway to create a bronze statue honoring all of the school’s graduates. Photo: Courtesy

San Clemente’s one and only high school is turning 50 next school year. SCHS opened its doors in 1964 and the first graduating class walked across that platform in the gym in 1965.

The 50th Anniversary Committee at SCHS is made up of a group of alumni from various classes and some parents whose children are currently attending SCHS or whose children are alumni.

The Capistrano Unified School District begins work this summer on a Tritons 50th communal area in the large space next to the band room at the front of the school. The design will include grass, trees and places to gather with friends. The 50th anniversary committee’s goal is to also add a bronze statue or monument, designed by Bill Limebrook from the class of 1976.

The group is planning a bronze plaque that will carry the names of those who contributed at various levels to the statue or monument. The website to get involved is www.schs50th.com. They hope to raise $2,000 per graduating class and get the community partners involved in the fundraising. They hope that some “friendly” competition between classes will kick off their efforts.

All alumni will be invited for an all-call reunion during Homecoming. There will be a hospitality tent for alumni including a catered dinner, special seating at the game and other great events to join in on.

The group is looking for additional committee members to join them. To get more information on how you can be involved, contact schsS50th@gmail.com.

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