May 21, 2014
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There will be talk of the good ol’ days, but also agreement that the newer days have been pretty good, too.

At 3 p.m. today, more than a dozen members of El Cerrito High School’s first graduating class of 1944 will meet the class of 2014 at the school.

The old timers will visit the school’s museum and hall of fame after having lunch to celebrate their 70-year reunion at Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkeley.

The original Gauchos had quite an impact on the school: they were able to pick the school’s mascot and colors, green and white, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

“In their late 80s, many of the former Gauchos have not visited the site in decades,” the district said.

Howard Mackey, a 1944 graduate who taught social studies and math at the campus for 35 years, said the campus has certainly gotten more modern.

“The new campus is great and that (new) theater is tremendous,” Mackey said. “I feel sorry for our drama teacher because we had to use Harding Elementary School for our performances.”

The first graduates will be welcomed onto campus by the school’s pep band.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.