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PHS Celebrates Our Centennial!!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Although PHS will be using the whole of 2018 to toast to our Centennial Year, we marked this incredible achievement with a weekend of celebrations over March 2-3, 2018. From special guest San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, to a moving ceremony with students sharing their time capsule artifacts that will be uncovered by the class of 2118, to a heartfelt reunion of PHS alumni/ae students, faculty, staff, and parents, it was evident that PHS has shaped, and continues to shape, the lives of so many.

Anticipation (and rain) were both in the air on Friday, March 2, but we were offered a brief respite from the damp weather when our outdoor ceremonies began. The program was guided along by two 5th grade students, and the definite highlight was a representative from each grade speaking to the crowd about what exactly they were putting into the time capsule. However, we must acknowledge special guests that were in attendance...Mayor Mark Farrell, Alumnus Bill Stewart (1941), Alumna Erandi Arciga (2017), and Presidio Trust representative Jason Lisenby. Students and parents/guardians were welcomed and enjoyed a meaningful gathering, one that culminated with a rousing round of "Happy Birthday"!

On Saturday, March 3, PHS welcomed back over 200 of our alumni/ae community. We had alumni/ae from the 1940s to the 2010s...as well as parents, friends, former faculty and staff from PHS's past. It was pretty unbelievable to see the hugs, stories, and memories being shared amongst our guests. Especially moving was the 'Archival' room, a museum-esque space that captured 100 years of Presidio Hill photos, stories, documents, and other artifacts. The joy felt that weekend continues to be shared today...especially on our Facebook group (join today!) :)

Finally, would any party be complete without a good DJ and a hoppin' dance floor? Current and alumni community members gathered for one final hurrah at Rickshaw Stop, a club famous for rock'n'roll, in Hayes Valley, and owned by current parent Christopher White (Thanks, Christopher!) The passion and love for PHS, and each other, was evident in this culmination to our Centennial Celebrations. 

Thanks to all who came, participated and volunteered. See you in 2118!