By Wyatt Goolsby
ODESSA - Odessa High School has hit the century mark, and the celebrations that started Friday continues Saturday for students and alumni. More than 500 people RSVP'ed for Friday's dinner.
Hundreds came from near and far as part of the 100 year Anniversary of Odessa High. Friday's alumni dinner kicked off the festivities, and gave many a chance to talk about their memories.
"It was just a nice bunch of people that we went to school with, and they all had a good comradery among us that we got together along very well," Forest Mathews, OHS Class of 1942, said.
While some see the obvious changes over the years.
"For one thing the street known as Tobacco Alley used to go one way the other way then what it does now," Gloria Brothers Priest, OHS Class of 1968, explained. "There were some houses across the street. The portico was not there. In fact, that's where we stood to have our class pictures made."
And of course, you can't forget about the football.
"I'm from Odessa, and people ask me if I'm from the other school, and I'm like please don't cuss at me," Priest said. "Because that's cuss words for me."
"Everyone, never missed a one," Mathews said. "I'm still going to them."
"I love football season," Stephanie Tercero, Class of 2000 and current teacher, said. "I love going to all the sports events. I teach there, I've actually been teaching there longer that I attended, this is my sixth year and the way everyone pulls together and helps out with the events that we have. We have a lot of great faculty and staff."
Even with alumni as old as 98 and as young as 17, Broncho pride binds the whole celebration together.
Saturday is another busy day for OHS students and alums. The volleyball game gets underway at 2 PM. At 3 PM, the parade with more than 20 floats will start at Austin Elementary and go to the high school. The Centennial presentation is at 7 PM at the Fieldhouse. And wrapping it all up, the bonfire in the front parking lot is at 8 PM Saturday night.