Dos Pueblos turns 50

A Preview of Dos Pueblos' Anniversary Week

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Dos Pueblos turns 50

A preview of the upcoming events for DP's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

A preview of the upcoming events for DP's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Photo credit: Infographic by Maya Al Sabeh

A preview of the upcoming events for DP's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Photo credit: Infographic by Maya Al Sabeh

Photo credit: Infographic by Maya Al Sabeh

A preview of the upcoming events for DP's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

By Maya Al Sabeh, Features Editor

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Dos Pueblos High School’s 50th anniversary is quickly approaching and DP is celebrating in a large way by dedicating a week of fun-filled events to the students and staff.

Although students will not be able to attend events like the current and former staff/faculty reunion at Glen Annie and the Hall of Fame Gala on the 22nd, they are encouraged to celebrate DP’s 50th birthday with their peers on the 21st of October.

Starting on Friday, the leadership class will be leading the student body with a huge pep rally during  lunch  for its homecoming football game against the SB Dons. Throughout 6th period, teachers and students will be serenaded by DP’s very own choir and combo while touring “A Walk Down Memory Lane”, an exhibit reflecting on DP’s 50 years and past memorabilia.

Beginning at 6:00pm, homecoming festivities will be underway, starting with a parade of the past Homecoming Kings and Queens and presentation of homecoming floats, decorated by current DP students.

At 7:00 pm, the varsity football team will be charging  for the win against the SB Dons at the homecoming football game. During the game, a special halftime show performance will be made by DP’s Cheer and Song team following the crowning of this years’ homecoming king and queen.

With the enormous amount of preparation and excitement circling next week’s celebratory events, the dedication and love students share for the school shines through evidently. Isabella Sassola, senior and activities commissioner for the DP 50th, is helping prepare the “A Walk Down Memory Lane”exhibit and the homecoming floats.

“ It’s important for students to celebrate DP’s history because our school has changed so much and has so many neat stories,” Sassola said.

Sassola also shares that prior to nominating homecoming kings and queens, DP had Luscious Lusters and Football Queens and that DP school colors were taken from other Santa Barbara schools.

“DP got its school colors from both SM and SB; we took the gold from SB and the blue from SM and made it navy” Sassola said.

Over the years people really connect to this place as more than just where they went to school; people got married because they met at DP or they were mentored by a teacher and went on to do great things”

— Bill Woodard, Assistant Principal

As the staff and students celebrate the history of DP, they appreciate the future that they have built together as well.

Bill Woodard, assistant principal and former DP English teacher, reflects on his experience at DP.

“DP was kind of known as hippie-high back in the 70’s was very much different than how it is now,” Woodard said. “And now people are so proud of what DP represents, because it’s this academic powerhouse and people take pride in being a part of it.”

DP’s real legacy is that it is not just a place to thrive educationally, but a place to thrive as an individual–a stepping stone into the world ahead.

“Over the years people really connect to this place as more than just where they went to school; people got married because they met at DP or they were mentored by a teacher and went on to do great things,” Woodard said. “People are so happy to be a part of this school and celebrate what ultimately gave them their launch”.

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