Alumni from all over the globe came back to celebrate with their classmates from Barrington High School. Classes from 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 descended on local establishments to re-connect with their old friends. The reunion classes hosted events of their own but also participated in the parade and at the annual tailgate at Chessie's in the Ice House Mall.
It was only fitting that Barrington High School Alumni Association's founding President Don Thompson (Class of 1961) was named the 2016 Barrington High School Distinguished Graduate. BHS Principal Steve McWilliams and Barrington 220 Superintendent Dr. Brian Harris honored Don at halftime of the varsity football game. Don is a lifetime resident of Barrington and worked in Barrington 220 schools for 34 years as a teacher, associate principal and principal at two elementary schools and three middle schools. After retiring, Don continued helping the district as a consultant to the superintendent for two years.
The official start to the weekend was Thursday night with the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation's annual Alumni Legends. This year they celebrated a "Decade of BHS-TV Beyond the Studio". BHS Alumni who were in BHS-TV in the early years and now work in television production came back to share their memories and what they have done with the passion for video production since graduation. The community was invited to tour the BHS-TV studios, attend the assembly of alumni legends and a reception at Barrington's White House.
Friday's all school assembly at Barrington High School brought students & staff to their feet and an eruption of applause and cheering at the announcement of this year's Homecoming King & Queen: BHS Students Matt Rodgers and Talia Kotel. Matt and Talia have Downs Syndrome and were nominated to the Homecoming Court and voted as this year's winners by students at the high school.
Barrington High School continues to make strides in inclusion of all students at the high school with the help of parents and the community. Last year, Barrington Roar, a club of students in special education and regular education came together. The club, sponsored by BHS Special Education Teacher Lauren Dudel, encourages students in special education to attend high school events and activities with their peers. In the past, if students wanted to attend the event they needed to depend on their family members to go with them. Now, students they come to know at regular meetings either take them or meet them at school events. The group has become an important cheering section for sports teams who don't typically draw crowds.
Also on this year's Homecoming Court were:
Friday Night featured the popular Filly Football game. Barrington High School Juniors battle the Seniors in a flag football game. Squads with different themes take the field for a few minutes, guaranteeing everyone has a chance to play. The squads are typically made up of at least a dozen students and feature a theme. From frightening to feminine, there was a wide variety of jersey decorations and costumes. As in years past, the seniors won........
Saturday morning many families make a tradition of attending the Andy Anderson Pancake Breakfast in the Barrington High School Cafeteria. Hosted by the BHS Football's Quarterback Club, parents and staff serve pancakes & sausage carrying on a tradition Andy Anderson started in his house on Main Street 45 years ago. Outgrowing his porch in 1971, the event was moved to the high school cafeteria and has become an important annual fundraiser for the BHS Quarterback Club.
The Homecoming Parade is always a community favorite. School Clubs, Class boards and Alumni host floats celebrating the Barrington Bronco mascot and Homecoming theme. This year's theme, "Once Upon A Time", brought out everything from fairy tale princesses to dragons. The homecoming king and queen did secure a ride in a beautiful horse drawn carriage, making their day even more special.
The BHS Varsity football team brought great momentum onto the field at the game versus the Schaumburg Saxons. The team scored the first seven times they had the ball and the defense only allowed the Saxons two first downs in the first two quarters. Leading 47-7 at halftime, Coach Sanchez had the opportunity to let many players who have not seen much playing time take the field. Finishing 49-20, everyone was in great spirits and ready to head to their respective Homecoming evening activities.
The annual BHS Homecoming Dance took place Saturday Night, with many well dressed students out in the community enjoying dinner at local restaurants and country clubs before heading to the high school. A number of the returning alumni celebrated their main reunion events as well on Saturday night, capping off the fun-filled celebratory weekend!