It would be fair to say, in large part, that the final HMBHS 70’s reunion which was held the weekend of July 20-22, 2012 inspired the formation of the CCAA. This was the third of such reunions, which included everyone who graduated in the 70’s on the guest list, and which soon expanded to those who graduated in the 60’s as well as the 80’s. In fact, all alumni were welcome at the event.
These events were put on by a handful of inspired alumni, including one of our own board members, Cathy Voisard, and was led by Alumni Mark Center, Class of 1977. Each of the three reunion weekends took five years of planning and dedication to realize. The reunion team was driven by their love of the coastside, and by the shared memories that only those of us who grew up in Half Moon Bay can understand.
The first reunion was held in 2002, the second in 2007. But it was the final reunion in 2012 which seemed to bring together alumni in a way that can only be described as transformational.
The reunion weekend of 2012 boasted of 600+ guests, including dozens of teachers, and it would have been even more, if the reunion committee wasn’t forced to put a cap on the guest list for reasons of safety and fire codes. Alumni flew in from all over the country to be with their classmates; one even came from as far as Turkey to attend. The line to get in the main event on Saturday went around the block. The event was sold out, and the reunion team was forced to turn away countless alumni who hadn’t purchased their tickets in time.
The weekend brought together people who hadn’t seen one another in decades, and the love that filled the streets of Half Moon Bay that weekend which will never be forgotten.
And it was this final reunion which really seemed to transform so many people’s lives as well as their dedication to their coastal community. It seemed to light a fire in so many people’s bellies and made us all realize the connections we share with one another are special and rare. And not unlike harnessing the wind or the sun to generate energy, the CCAA were inspired to harness the energy of the 70’s reunion to keep the fires burning. The CCAA decided to keep the momentum of that love and to give back to our community in every way that we can.