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John Muir High School Alumni Association Gears Up For Spirited Homecoming Weekend

John Muir High School Alumni Association gears up for a spirited Homecoming Weekend ignited by the Turkey Tussle, the most anticipated high school cross town rival football game, a Pasadena tradition.

Attendees can catch a sneak peek of the Pablo Miralles documentary, "Can We Get Along? Stories of Integration from John Muir High" to be screened during Homecoming Faire & Picnic.

(Pasadena, CA – October 17, 2012) For John Muir High School, Homecoming Weekend is a rich tradition where alumni, students, faculty and the community come together and celebrate what it means to be a Mustang---its legacy, past, present, and future. This year's Homecoming Weekend is jam packed with events from the 66th Annual Turkey Tussle, to our first Karaoke & Game Night, including reunions for classes 1982, 1987, and 2002, the induction ceremony of the newest members of the John Muir High School Alumni Hall of Fame and the grand finale the John Muir High School Homecoming Faire & Picnic.  Come join in on the events from Thursday, November 1, through Sunday, November 3.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – Turkey Tussle, Rose Bowl

It is to Pasadena what the Super Bowl is to the NFL. It is the one night in November that can make or break your high school football career. It is the Turkey Tussle.

Now in its 66th year, the Turkey Tussle, an annual homecoming tradition between John Muir High School and cross town rival Pasadena High School began in 1947 when the game was played between Pasadena Community College and John Muir Junior College. World War II had ended and the campus of John Muir Junior College had been returned to the city of Pasadena after having been converted to an Army military base during that war. The campus of John Muir was once again a place of learning, but was now a high school—then only grades 11 and 12. The two schools played until 1953. In 1954 the annual rivalry was played between what is now Pasadena High School and John Muir High School.

The trophy for the winning school is the Victory Bell, a gift presented by the Santa Fe Railroad. During the game, the bell sits quietly in the south end zone of the Rose Bowl waiting for the victorious team to claim it and ring it to the cheering crowds; and to the dismay of the losing school.

Friday, November 2nd, 2012, 9:30 p.m. – John Muir Plei-Day: Sip & Sing Karaoke Game Nite, Hutch's BBQ

Plei and John Muir High School Alumni Association present Sip & Sing Karaoke Game Nite.

All are welcome to mingle and enjoy Karaoke, Wii video games, play old school video games such as Galaga or Centipede or just sip and sing to your heart's content. With over 100 games and casino tables to keep you entertained, dancing to keep you moving and grooving, dining and drinks, and an intoxicating atmosphere of good times and good vibes. Plei (pronounced Play) is a weekly event produced by John Muir Alumna Cheryl Lizana '96. A portion of the proceeds benefit John Muir High School.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 – 2:00 p.m. - John Muir High School Alumni Hall of Fame, Rufus Mead Auditorium

The John Muir High School Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1988 to recognize and honor the professional achievements of Mustang alumni. Join alumni and friends of John Muir High School "Home of the Mighty Mustangs" as we recognize the newest members of The John Muir High School Alumni Hall of Fame and honor the latest recipient of The Jim Brownfield Service Award and Rufus Mead Award.

Presenting the John Muir High School Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2012:

  • Major General Daniel Hernandez, Class of 1952, Government Service
  • Dennis E. Muren, Class of 1964, Visual Arts
  • Dr. Steven G. Clarke, Class of 1966, Science (Medicine/Health)
  • Joe Peron, Class of 1980, Sports & Coaching
  • Loren Shirar, Class of 1952, Rufus Mead Award
  • Chuck Malouf, The Jim Brownfield Service Award (a non-alumni award)

Sunday, November 4th, 2012, Noon - John Muir High School Homecoming Faire & Picnic, John Muir High School

In keeping with tradition, alumni, family and friends wrap up a fun filled Homecoming Weekend at the John Muir High School Homecoming Faire & Picnic which exemplifies Mustang pride, excellence and tradition.

Bring the whole family and enjoy:

  • Carnival games
  • Catch a sneak peek of the documentary by John Muir Alum Pablo Miralles '82 "Can We All Get Along? Stories of Integration from John Muir High"
  • John Muir Museum Tours
  • Appearances by Varsity, Song, JV and Flag
  • Music by John Muir Alum DJ Colby Turner '88
  • Food will be available for purchase at various booths provided by campus clubs throughout the day
  • Spirit items will be available for in the Student Store

The homecoming faire would not be complete without a performance by the "Soul of John Muir," the John Muir High School Drum Corps.

For the latest information on homecoming weekend announcements, tickets, and events, please visit the John Muir High School Alumni Association website at www.jmhsaa.org.



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