KAYSVILLE — Saturday night’s Davis High School Centennial Gala was the culmination of a year of celebration and looking back.
The massive event featured two bands performing tunes from the near and distant past, as well as many opportunities to reminisce.
That reminiscing could take place either by visiting with old classmates, or strolling the halls and seeing how many you know from among those appearing on the Wall of Fame, to a lot more.
The gala was free and open to all. Sherri Scoffield coordinated the event. Like hundreds and thousands of Davis County residents, she and her family are Darts through and through.
From her grandma to her dad to herself and her four kids, all have attended Davis High.
With lots of homegrown entertainment, the dance music was provided by the Davis High Jazz Band and Joe Folkman’s Barracudas, all Davis High alumni, Joe himself from the class of ‘66.
Bell Photography, which has taken portrait photographs of students for decades, provided free photos for anyone desiring them as a momento of the evening.
A look at the Wall of Fame revealed such names and pictures as the late former Gov. Calvin L. Rampton, of the class of 1931; the late well-known LDS general authority Sterling W. Sill; Harris Simmons, longtime president of Zions First National Bank; and many others.
“This is the last big party,” Scoffield said of various events marking the centennial during the school year, which comes to a close in a matter of weeks.
There was the hula hoop party, a visit from the Candy Bomber, Gail Halverson, who was accompanied by the dropping of dozens of small parachutes from the balcony, visits from former athletic coaches and more, she said.
Showcases were created of each decade of the school’s history, said Carolyn Pierson, who assisted with the gala.
A committee of 25 students from all three grades was responsible for planning many of the centennial activities.
A replica of a 1914 prom dress paid for by a student who worked for 25 cents an hour, 100 years ago, was displayed. Pierson said the family didn’t have enough money to pay for the dress, created by a Tremonton woman who herself was 100 years old. So the parents, Jerry and Patty Hartley, saved their lunch money until the bill could be paid.
The seamstress of today also charged 25 cents an hour to create the replica, Pierson said.
A centennial book was on sale, along with a DVD of highlights. All of the yearbooks for each year were digitized and available, as well, Scoffield said.