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Celebrate Brandon High’s 100th this weekend

BRANDON – The community is invited to commemorate the first 100 years of Brandon High School Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1.

Brandon High was the first high school in the greater Brandon area, and from it have come rich traditions and memories, such as its wrestling program’s “The Streak,” the record for the longest winning streak in any high school sport in America, its Class of 1944 graduates who reported for armed services duty in World War II before graduation, and the opening of its “new” school in 1972.

Festivities will begin with a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, performed by the Brandon High School alumni orchestra, under the direction of Donald Langland, in the school auditorium, 1101 Victoria St.

On Saturday, March 1, a free 5K fun walk/run is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at Pat Fussell Field in the McLane Stadium, 300 N. Kings Ave. Register here through Thursday, Feb. 27, or at the field between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the Brandon High alumni band, choir and Aquilla (show choir) will perform at the field. Alumni competitions, a food truck rally and vendor tents will be at the field all day.

From noon to 2:30 p.m., Donald Gunn, memorial walk coordinator, and others will lead walking tours through McLane Junior High School – the original Brandon High campus – as well as Brandon High. Participants will be given maps marked with points of interest.

At 3 p.m., the principals of Brandon High will be introduced and a keynote address will be given by Earl Lennard, 1960 Brandon High graduate, former Hillsborough County superintendent of schools and supervisor of elections.

A time capsule from 1972 will be opened, and the alumni choir and Aquilla will perform again.

The finale will feature singers Jeannie Ortega, who toured with Rihanna, and Jeremy Rosado, “American Idol” finalist and Brandon High alumni. The two performers recently were signed by AIC Records, and this will be the start of their national tour. The performance also is Rosado’s way of thanking the community for its support during his “American Idol” competition. They will sign autographs after the concert.

Wrist bands, which will be available at the alumni registration tent at McLane Stadium, will entitle wearers to a 10 percent discount at these Brandon restaurants after the anniversary event: O’Toole’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 1215 W. Brandon Blvd.; O’Brien’s Irish Pub and Grill, 701 W. Lumsden Road; Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 210 S. Kings Ave., Ste. A; Ker’s WingHouse Bar and Grill, 775 W. Brandon Blvd.; Tadpoles of Brandon, 115 E. Brandon Blvd.; Keith’s Oaks Bar and Grill, 108 Lithia Pinecrest Road; and Green Iguana Bar and Grill, 2016 Town Center Blvd.

For more information, check the alumni website here.

Barbara Routen is a freelance writer. Contact her at [email protected]

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