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Fife High continues celebrating centennial

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Saturday morning, Sept. 26, was a fun and festive time on the grounds of Fife High School. Not only were junior football and junior soccer games going on with the stands full of cheering sports fans, over in a side parking lot a “Trojan Centennial Car Show” was underway, a continuation of celebrations to mark Fife High’s 100th birthday (1916-2016). A nice collection of vintage cars and trucks were on view and looking their best sparkling in the sunshine.

There was a novel car-oriented fundraiser underway for the beloved high school as well, courtesy of Korum Ford in Puyallup. For every person that test-drove one of about half a dozen new Ford cars and trucks that were there, Korum would donate $20 to the school, up to $6,000 for 300 test drives. By the end of the day, close to 100 people did a test drive and earned Fife High approximately $2,000 in one afternoon. Absolutely no sales pitch was involved – this was purely an opportunity to feel the enjoyment of driving a brand new Ford F-150 Platinum Pick-Up or a sharp Mustang, for example.

“It was a great first-time event,” said Kevin Ringus, Fife High alum (class of ’79) and chair of the Fife High Alumni Committee. “Thankfully, Ford and Korum provided that easy opportunity to raise money. We’re already brainstorming on how to increase it for next year.”

More Fife High Centennial events are on tap, including a Homecoming assembly in the gym on Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Homecoming is on Oct. 9, with Fife facing off against Franklin Pierce. Prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff, a pre-game rally will be held in the cafeteria at 5 p.m. and at 6:45 will be the annual inductions to the Trojans Hall of Fame. An alumni parade will highlight the end of the third quarter, and a post-game rally will be held at the Right Spot.

Also on Oct. 9 will be a Fife High School Homecoming Luncheon for all Fife graduates, teachers and administrators (and those who aren’t Fife grads or who were at Fife High for a short while). Sponsored by the Alumni Committee of the Fife High School Booster Club, the luncheon begins at 11 a.m. with tours of the school, which will also be given after the luncheon, with lunch being served at 12:30 p.m.

For those with questions or would like more information on these or other Fife High Centennial happenings, contact Kevin Ringus at (253) 922-1084. 

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