Oliver M. Hazen High School is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Hazen first opened its doors in 1968.
Sept. 28 was an exciting day for Highlanders, as the school held its 50th homecoming football game, as well as its 50th homecoming dance.
Renton Memorial Stadium was filled to the max with seas of royal blue taking over the stands as students, parents, fans and alumni gathered together for the game.
The football game was also the biggest alumni event in Hazen’s history. Graduates from all decades traveled back to Renton for the celebration.
The “Hazen 50 year Celebration” Facebook page, with thousands of members, was established to share details of the gathering and alumni information.
Before the game started, Highlanders old and new stood in the stands and linked arms to sing Hazen’s Alma Mater. Alumni from the ‘60s could still sing the song effortlessly.
The Highlanders won the game against Auburn 55-15, adding another victory of the night.
All throughout the evening, the Hazen cheer team cheered and many alumni members joined them, wearing their vintage cheer uniforms.
One of the most exciting times of the night was the halftime show. The homecoming court was announced then the field was cleared as Hazen’s band performed.
Christopher Coy directed both current band members along with band alumni, as they marched and played in harmony.
Following the great performance, Hazen’s award-winning drill team performed a routine, before more than 30 alumni drillers joined them on the field for their closing salute.
Members of the 1972 Hazen boys basketball team were also introduced. The halftime show was truly amazing, and a great example of just how united the Hazen community is.
Deena Davis, class of 1988, shared just how wonderful it was to gather for Hazen’s 50th, “It feels great to be a part of the 50 year celebration! The football game was so fun, lots of excitement and I saw lots of old classmates. I’m so excited that my kids will get to go to Hazen, too!”