Roseville High prepares for Centennial Celebration

Nine months of events and projects will commemorate 100th anniversary
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Roseville High School commemorates its 100th anniversary this year, and alumni plan to make 2012 a year of celebratory events to remember.

The high school’s alumni association — about 450 members strong — is launching a series of events and projects beginning in early January that highlight the city’s oldest high school and the evolving community that has grown alongside it.

“None of us are going to be around for the next (centennial), so we want to create lasting memories,” said Margie Hieter, who graduated in 1974 and serves on the Centennial Celebration committee.

Roseville’s high school district started in 1912 and students attended class in the Golden Eagle Hotel. A total of 85 teenagers attended class there in 1912, including a handful of girls. Because the hotel lacked a library, students read books in Carnegie Library, which opened in October 1912 and was the city’s only library until 1982.

Roseville Union High School — now called Roseville High School — was built in 1915 and classes began in January 1916. Local teenagers no longer had to travel to Auburn or Sacramento for school.

During tonight’s Roseville City Council meeting, the alumni association’s committee will present an overview of their Centennial Celebration plans to the public.

The first project involves seeking sponsorships from local corporations or individuals for banners to roll out on boulevards, bus stops and buses in January, announcing the celebration and listing prominent people in Roseville’s history — like a “who’s who of Roseville.”

“That’s a way for individuals to recognize other people who have been a part of the community,” Hieter said.

This spring, Roseville High School students will paint a mural on a building on campus that depicts the school’s history. They hope to complete the art project by early May.

Also in May, the alumni association plans to release the “Centennial Memory Book,” which will show photographs and events from the past century. It will not be limited to the high school, and will include photos of local businesses and community leaders. The book will include facts on how the school’s colors, tiger mascot and alma mater song came about, said Charlene Rhodes, vice chairman of the Centennial Committee.

Rhodes grew up in Rocklin and rode the bus to Roseville High School every morning. She graduated in 1965.

In May, the association will recognize the 100th graduating class of Roseville High School. In August, the group will host a barbecue for all alumni, with food and music. They host an annual barbecue in June, but Rhodes said this one will be even better.

“I’m looking forward to seeing classmates I haven’t seen in forever,” Rhodes said. “I think at this event a lot more people will be there. That’s really what I’ll enjoy.”

September marks the annual homecoming football game and parade, and the alumni association will likely participate with a float.

“What a great way to give back to the community,” Hieter said of the Centennial Celebration. “What I have found is everyone has been so excited and enthusiastic. I have not talked to one person who has been bah-humbug about it.”

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RHS Alumni Association Centennial Celebration timeline
Roll out banners announcing the celebration around Roseville
April/May: Completion of a historical mural on a wall at Roseville High School
May: Centennial Memory Book available for sale
May: 100th graduating class ceremony during RHS graduation
August: All-year alumni barbecue
September: Homecoming parade and floats
To get involved with the Centennial Celebration, visit the RHS Alumni Association website at The association meets at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month in the library at Roseville High School, 1 Tiger Way.


EDITOR’S NOTES: The Press Tribune will run a series of articles on the 100th anniversary of Roseville High School and the Centennial Celebration from January through September 2012. All articles will be available at