Bringing alumni home |

Bringing alumni home

This week Douglas High students have been participating in a tradition that dates back to Nov. 12, 1938, when the school held its first homecoming event.

A snow-covered first homecoming game saw the Tigers defeat the Sparks Railroaders 7-0 in the last game of that season.

Back in those days, the school was located in Gardnerville, and the celebration featured a bonfire and music performed by the band.

It was attended by around 75 alumni dating back to 1908, and The R-C named dang near every one of them. That’s a pretty big number for a school that for the most part graduated fewer than 15 students a year over the previous decades.

It was at that first homecoming that the alumni association first took root, with Alex Glock as its first president.

Fast forward 78 years and a move to Minden later, and there are still lots of Douglas High School graduates living and working in Carson Valley.

An honoree at Wednesday’s celebration in Minden, Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, was a 1939 Douglas County High School graduate, and would have been a junior at the school for that first homecoming.

One of the charms of this place is that so many of the high school’s graduates remain in the community. Bringing homecoming to the rest of Carson Valley is a great way to celebrate that storied connection.