Nogales to celebrate centennial of original high school building

Nogales to celebrate centennial of original high school building

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Nogales Unified School District is holding a 100-Year Celebration on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to mark the 100th year of the former Nogales High School building and graduating classes from 1915 to when the building closed as a high school in 1981.

The celebration will take place on the field in front of the building at the corner of Arroyo Blvd. and Plum Street. There are 32 school and community organizations that will have food, games, and/or information booths.  The ceremony itself starts at noon with a fashion show with participants showcasing what a mother and a daughter would wear from each of the ten decades. A car show will be arranged around the track.

Guest speakers are Dr. Arnoldo Montiel who will give a brief history of education in Nogales from the late 1800's on; Dr. Raul Bejarano, a former student, teacher, administrator, and then superintendent for NUSD; Jerry Barnett, former student, teacher, and administrator; and Lucy Ruiz Johnson, the Class of 1981 president.

One highlight of the event is that the main building and those that were added in later years will be open for walk-throughs. Class group pictures starting with the five graduates of 1915 have been hung in chronological order on the main building hallways, and a “museum” is being set up in the school-board room on the third floor displaying yearbooks, pictures, magazines, news articles, and artifacts.

Admission is free but there will be food for sale at the various booths ranging from light snacks to full-course Mexican meals.

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