Victorville’s largest high school is celebrating a quarter of a century with a weekend of events this month, the Victor Valley Union High School District announced.
Silverado High School welcomed its first students – about 900 ninth and tenth graders, the Daily Press reported – in 1996 and commemorates its silver anniversary this fall, after nearly 13,000 graduates walked through its doors.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years,” said Principal Heather Conkle, longtime High Desert resident and chief administrator of the Hawks for the past nine years. “Looking at the photos (of the old campus and the surrounding neighborhood), it’s hard to believe how much the neighborhood has grown. I literally watched the school build, never realizing that I would be the principal.
The anniversary festivities begin with a cheering rally for all schools on Friday, September 24. The cheer gathering is only for current students, but the school welcomes alumni to the Silver Anniversary Homecoming Game and the halftime parade later in the evening. The Hawks football team will face Martin Luther King High School at 7 p.m. at Hawk Stadium.
The parade theme will focus on each of the school’s first four graduating classes (1999 to 2002) with corresponding decor, costumes and music to match their respective years, VVUHSD officials said.
The district views the stadium that will host the football game as a monument to Silverado’s development over the past two and a half decades. Completed in 2013, the facility remains one of the most modern in the High Desert, with synthetic pitch and booths that can accommodate thousands of fans, the district said. Prior to its construction, the Hawks spent years playing their home games at Victor Valley High School.
The stadium is part of a state-of-the-art athletics complex that also includes an Olympic-caliber aquatic center and a beach volleyball facility.
With a new coat of paint and renovated murals this school year, the campus is not showing its age. That said, the murals – each donated by a graduating class – honor Silverado’s growing history.
“(The campus) doesn’t feel old or dated,” Conkle said. “And from an infrastructure and technology perspective, we’re 100% up to date. “
Conkle and his colleagues will introduce the campus to alumni, as well as their families and friends, on a free campus tour at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 25. Light refreshments will be served and clothing will be available for purchase.
“(The tour) will allow alumni to see the new campus and all of the changes that have taken place,” Conkle said. “They can take a trip down memory lane, but also see some of the exciting things we’re doing now.”
The events will end with an anniversary-themed Homecoming Dance, the Silver Soiree, which is not open to the public.
Former students interested in attending the visit can visit https://forms.gle/remmmg6rjKkFWoqM9 to RSVP and share their favorite memories from school.
Visit https://gofan.co/app/school/CA8045 to purchase tickets for the Silver Anniversary Homecoming Game.