Roscoe High School exes from near and far gathered this weekend for Homecoming, the first since 2007. The event began with a Friday afternoon pep rally to a packed audience in the new gym, followed by a baked potato supper in the cafeteria and a football game on Plowboy Field against the Merkel Badgers. The game didn’t turn out as hoped since the Badgers won, but it didn’t seem to matter all that much to many who attended, because they were busy on the sidelines and in the stands reuniting with old classmates whom they hadn’t seen in years or even decades. After the game, there was another gathering for coffee in the cafeteria, while some classes had reunions and parties at the homes of local grads.
Saturday morning’s registration with coffee and doughnuts in the cafeteria was followed by a brisket lunch at 12:00 and a program and business meeting at 12:30. Jacob Tiemann informed exes of Roscoe High’s new designation as Roscoe Collegiate High School. As recipients of a grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundations, Roscoe High now offers college-level classes to aspiring juniors and seniors, and last year actually offered a graduating senior its first Associate’s Degree. Robert McBride reviewed highlights and memories of Roscoe High over the decades and also explained why the old high school building, in continuous use since 1938, will soon be coming down to make way for a new one. He invited everyone to walk the halls of the old building one last time, and many did so at the conclusion of the meeting, while others gathered and reminisced at the Roscoe Historical Museum downtown.
Individual classes and groupings of classes gathered on Saturday evening at various venues, and, as far as I know, a good time was had by all.
Homecoming 2010 Slideshow Click to view.