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Homecoming Events Slotted For Mustang Crew
A group photo of the OHS 125th Anniversary Committee posed in front of the mural they donated to Oakdale High School. Photographed are: Carol Davis, Melinda Owen, Julie Haidlen, Jan Gilbert, Linda Myers, Josephine Caetano, Adrina Panero, Barbara Torres, Don Riise, Cherilyn Bairos and Charlyn Bairos. Not pictured: Kenny Shatswell, Marilyn Keeler Morton, Maggie Keeler White, James and Dolly Hamby and Elsie Schultz. Teresa Hammond/The Leader

Oakdale High School Homecoming Week is set to kick off this Friday, Oct. 4 with the annual Staff Chili Cook Off during the lunchtime period. It’s just one of many that will be featured, leading up to the finale on Friday night, Oct. 11 at The Corral.

This year’s Homecoming events will happen under the addition of the “Home of the Mustangs” mural added in the past year thanks to the generosity of the OHS 125th Anniversary Committee.

“The mural had been on the music building years ago,” Committee member Melinda Owen shared. “So when we were looking for a project to give to the school, we wanted it to be something very general. Something that was very visible and that was a suggestion that was made to us.”

According to Owen it was only due to the early sponsorships by local businesses and community members that the 125th Anniversary was able to go off without a hitch in 2018. The initial funds served as seed money, which then enabled the committee to make donations from proceeds raised post-event.

“The 125th anniversary celebration was a great success,” she said, “and the committee really appreciated the business and individuals that helped us get it going. As always Oakdale pulls through.”

While the committee won’t be hosting a 126th event, the campus will not be lacking in activity next week.

Window painting will commence downtown this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. Theme days will be hosted each day next week, as well as the ever popular Powder Puff game on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Corral.

The annual Homecoming parade will be staged on Friday, Oct. 11 beginning at 1 p.m. with a procession down G Street toward Third Avenue. It is free to the public. The Homecoming game against Sierra will be staged in the Corral later that evening, with JV kickoff at 5 p.m., varsity at 7 p.m.

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A plaque commemorating the generosity of the donors throughout the community was placed adjacent to the mural on the music building. The mural was gifted to OHS by the OHS 125th Anniversary Committee. Teresa Hammond/The Leader