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High School Turning 100 With Big Reunion

November 01, 1996|DARRELL SATZMAN

San Fernando High School will celebrate its 100th birthday this weekend with a series of events that will reunite generations of former classmates.

"It's going to be a fun weekend. We are really looking forward to it," said Sheldon Allen, a semiretired Canyon Country lawyer who graduated from San Fernando in 1950 in the same class as his wife, Patricia.

"These people are going to be able to see a lot of people they don't get a chance to see very often," Allen said.

The "Century of Achievement" festivities will begin tonight, when the San Fernando High football team takes on rival Granada Hills High in the homecoming game. Alumni are invited to gather in the gymnasium prior to the game to renew acquaintances and for some, perhaps, to rehash former football exploits.

On Saturday, alumni reunions will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the school's current location at 11133 O'Melveny St., and at its original location at 130 N. Brand Blvd. The school moved from Brand in 1952, and graduates are directed to go to the reunion at the campus they attended, officials said.

"Gloria Bobo, who is 94 and graduated in 1920, will probably be our oldest [attendee]," said Sylvia Suarez, secretary of San Fernando's magnet program and a graduate of the Class of 1969.

"It's funny, our school has a good reputation and everybody I speak to wants to brag about their class and take credit for our reputation," Suarez said.

More than 900 people, many from outside the state or country, have signed up for an evening of dinner and dancing at the Sportmen's Lodge in Studio City on Saturday, Suarez said.

The dinner is sold out, but a brunch scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. at the O'Melveny campus is open to all alumni. The brunch will be the last scheduled activity.

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