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CHS Has A Half Century of History

Alumni from the past 50 years gathered together to revisit memories made here at Cypress High
photo by Rehansa Kulatilleke
Alumni look over yearbooks ranging from as far as back as 1973.
ASB President Aidan Houston accepting the Recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Cypress High. (photo by Rehansa Kulatilleke)

Cypress celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 9 AM. Cypress alumni from as far back as 1975’s first graduating class watched presentations from various state officials, and performances by band, choir, and song/cheer, and ended their visit with a campus tour that finished in the media center. Alumni spent their remaining time on campus reminiscing about their high school years and pouring through yearbooks from the past.

Mrs. Kathy Binford and alum Danny Ohnemus pointing out the familiar faces in the crowd. (photo by Rehansa Kulatilleke)

With the Senate of California presenting Cypress with an official 50th Commemoration along with the City of Cypress showing their appreciation, Cypress was presented with a total of three awards, all accepted by ASB President, Aidan Houston. After the presentation, Cypress alum Mrs. Kathy Binford and fellow alum from class of 1975, Donny Ohnemus, came up to the podium to share their appreciation for the school. Binford and Ohnemus shared their first-hand stories about giving students a voice–for example choosing the colors.

This event was set into motion by Health Technician, Mrs. Binford. Binford even brought up the idea of making the 50th Anniversary jerseys worn by the staff around campus. Binford said, “We had over 80 staff members–teachers, and staff that ordered one, so at that point I knew there was going to be a big interest in doing a party.” Once multiple staff members along with the Administration, overheard the news of Cypress having a celebration, word got around and eventually reached the Mayor and Senator who also shared an interest. Alumni from all over town helped contribute to the event with one alum offering cookies from their very own bakery and others donating homemade cupcakes. Binford shared that it was heartwarming to see the community trying to make an effort to bring everyone together.

A picture kept in the time capsule where students of Cypress High roamed the halls.

Along with the loving community, there was a time capsule kept by the school that displayed every one of Cypress’ own achievements–from the very first documentation of the student population, to the very first print of the first school newspaper–the CC Writer. Sports rosters, old schedules, campus maps, student votes, and many more were safely kept in the large historic binder.  Binford shared her experiences working with the Student Involvement Committee, and how they helped students have a voice in school decisions.  

Once the gathering concluded, alumni were offered campus tours which eventually made their way to the Media Center, where visitors were met with a collection of every Cypress High School yearbook beginning with 1974. As time progresses, it is clear to see that Cypress continues to make history of their own fifty years later. 

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 Hi! My name is Rehansa and I am a junior here at Cypress! This is my first year in journalism and I can't wait to finally be a part of it! I joined journalism because I love writing and would love to write more in the future. Some fun facts about me are that I love Marvel, reading, and listening to music. Some of my favorite artists are Arctic Monkeys, Taylor Swift, and Harry Styles!
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    Nick PagliochiniApr 29, 2024 at 9:45 am

    Well done across the board. Had I known I would have loved to have participated in some way, shape or form. Keep up the fantastic work! Love seeing submissions like this from journalists of the future. @NickPagliochini (Class of 2000)

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    SergioJan 10, 2024 at 2:51 am

    I’m a little confused on the year the very first Graduating Class began? Was 1973-74 School Year their first year? And they were Sophmores?

    I went there for my Junior and Senior Year (1978-79 & 1979-80) and remember being told the School began in 1975.

    A friend’s older brother was part of the very first graduating class. Which I thought was the 1976-77 School year?

    Where am I off in my information?

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      AdviserJan 12, 2024 at 7:55 pm

      The school was built in 1972. There were students (only 10th and 11th graders) in 1973-74. The first graduating class was 1974-75. So, this year we celebrated the 50th Anniversary. However, the yearbook that comes out this year will be the 51st yearbook, since there was one that first year that did not have all grade levels.