Alumni of 1959 join Homecoming parade
By Rem O'Donnelley
San Rafael High School celebrated their 125th anniversary during their homecoming parade down Fourth Street in San Rafael on Friday night.
Alumni from the class of 1959 participated in the parade which featured classic cars. Two of the cars in the parade were used in the movie American Graffiti.
The parade started at San Rafael City Hall, ran down Fourth Street and ended at San Rafael High School where the Homecoming football game would later be held.
Besides the current Homecoming Princes and Princesses in the backs of convertibles, there were members of the senior class, juniors and others on the backs of trucks, playing instruments and others waving to the crowds lined up on Fourth Street.
San Rafael High School Principal Glenn Dennis was proud of the event as the parade was about to start. “It's a big event for the community and the school.”
One of the alumni of 1959 was Knut Dale who was the head of the reunion committee. He came up from Pasadena both for this reunion and his 50th reunion at UC Berkeley.
One of the 1959 Homecoming Princesses present was Sandra Lusinchi. She said she was having a lot of fun. Talking with fellow alumni Craig Beckstead, he echoed her sentiments saying, “It's going just great.”
Some of the class of 1959 recalled memories from their high school days. “I did a lot of cruising up and down the (Fourth) Street,” Joanna Hinkle said.
Her friend since fifth grade Joanne Cattaneo also had fond memories from that time. “We walked up and down Fourth Street after school,” Cattaneo said.
A favorite event of hers in San Rafael is the May Madness classic car show. “I go every year. American Graffiti was based on us,” Cattaneo said.
Hopefully in 50 years the class of 2013 will have as great memories of their high school days as the class of 1959 does.