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Organizers seek public input for Park High School's 100th anniversary

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Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Park High School and its predecessor, St. Paul Park High School, will celebrate their 100th birthday this year.

The centennial celebration on Oct. 10-11 will coincide with homecoming weekend at Park.

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First, however, organizers want to include everybody in the planning process, from residents to  booster clubs to business owners.

The community is invited to share ideas at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in the lecture hall at Park High School.

“I want to get the idea out there to see what the community thinks and to go from there,” said Cherie Bien-Coffman, a retired Park teacher and a member of the organizing committee.

Preliminary ideas for the centennial include an alumni tailgate party before and after Friday night’s football game, tours of the school on Saturday and a multimedia presentation in the auditorium that would feature alumni reminiscences, wall projections of yearbook photos, and music from each decade.

Alumni could also enter a commemorative float in the homecoming parade or drive a vintage car from the year they graduated.

“We’re trying not to interfere too much with the kids’ homecoming,” Bien-Coffman said.

She said they’re designing a special logo that they hope to put on banners advertising the centennial.

Meanwhile, they’ve been contacting graduates through letters and the Park High School Alumni Facebook page. She says they’d also like to hear from retired teachers.

“There’s a lot from the‘80s and up that are on Facebook,” she she said. “We’ve gotten one person from the ‘60s and one from the ‘70s. “

Alumni, business owners and those who wish to volunteer can contact cbiencof@sowashco.k12.mn.us

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