PHS ribbon cutting ceremony
WHEN: 9 a.m.
WHERE: Patterson High School administration building, 200 N. Seventh St.
DETAILS: Community members are invited to celebrate the completion of modernization projects at Patterson High School, as well as kick-off the start of the school’s Centennial festivities. After the ceremony, attendees are invited to tour the high school and enjoy refreshments. Over the next two years, the PHS Centennial committee members will spearhead events to celebrate the school’s 100th year.
INFO: Phil Alfano, PJUSD superintendent, 895-7700.
Bob Vizzolini, a 1963 graduate of Patterson High School, will be chairing the planning committee for the school’s centennial celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of its first class of graduates.
Vizzolini, a Newman resident, served as principal of the school a few years ago. He recently was elected to the Stanislaus County Board of Education.
The celebration will include an all-class reunion to be held in 2015. The exact weekend will be determined by Vizzolini’s committee and the date is expected to be set early next year.
Patterson High opened in the fall of 1913 with classes held in the grammar school. It did not have a senior class until the next fall. Prior to the local opening, Patterson area students traveled to Orestimba High School in Newman, some making the trip by rail in what was called a motor car.
Construction of the original two-story high school building began in 1914 and was completed the following March when students moved in. The first commencement ceremony for six graduates was held three months later.
Other committee members include Dave Klein, Linda Briggs, Michele Bays, Edmundo Chavez, Elizabette Guecamburu, Cathy Mahaffey, Sharon Reeves and April Terrero.
The committee will set up events to be enjoyed by returning Patterson High graduates. PHS classes holding reunions in 2015 are invited to join in the festivities.