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El Paso High alumni gather from near and far to reunite for centennial

An old yearbook from El Paso High shows some of the graduates who roamed the halls of the historic campus.

El Paso High School graduates from near and far are back in the Borderland for the school’s 100th anniversary.

Some of them spent Thursday evening reminiscing at the annual homecoming parade.

For a century, El Paso High School stood watch at the foot of the Franklin Mountains. Inside, teachers shaped young minds and created lasting memories people like Susan Macias hold close.

“I started here back when we had eighth grade in 1979,” Macias said.

Macias, class of 1983, came back to the historic campus years later as a staff member.

“Between the years as student activities director, that’s half my life. I’ve been here for quite a while,” Macias said.

Macias was a cheerleader for the Tigers and she remembers practicing at R.R. Jones Stadium.

“When I think of the architects, they knew what they were doing because the view you have from up here, with the city below us and the city lights, it’s just breathtaking,” Macias said.

Henry and Gustavus Trost built the school in 1916 for a mere $500,000. To get the same job done today, it would cost $10 million.

The school is also rich with tradition, and the first three Sun Bowl games were hosted there. Macias said Amelia Earhart landed on the field.

The classrooms have paved the way for success. In 1980, Chris Aguirre graduated from El Paso High School. He later made his mark in Hollywood as an artist at Dreamworks Pictures.

“My main character, the one that I designed. I'm very proud and happy to see he's still out there and people love him is Puss in Boots,” Aguirre said.

That’s right. The smooth-talking feline who clawed his way into his own feature film.

Aguirre is back for the reunion along with more than 3,000 others.

“You don’t realize how much it’s going to impact my life. I’m still here 20 years later,” Macias said.

The homecoming game against Austin High School will be Saturday at 11 a.m. After the game, alumni will try to make the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest alumni reunion.

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