Coronado High School 50th Anniversary Celebrations

  • 30 Sep 2011
  • 01 Oct 2011
  • Coronado High School

Coronado High School
 50th Anniversary 

Events for the CHS 50th Anniversary (1961 to 2011) will be planned for the existing students throughout the year. 

The homecoming football game date of September 30, 2011 was announced on May 3, 2011.  As of this date, there are no plans for an all-school get-together like the 40th Anniversary Celebration which was held at Rawhide in 2001.

Coronado High School Events:

Friday, September 30, 2011
Annual Tailgate Party and 50th Anniversary Homecoming Game
Location:  7501 E. Virginia Avenue, Scottsdale AZ  85257                 
Tailgate Party:  4:00 to 6:30 p.m
Homecoming Game Time:  7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Coronado Dons vs. Fountain Hills Falcons

Admittance Price:  $5.00

Saturday, October 1, 2011
CHS Pancake Breakfast
Location:  7501 E. Virginia Avenue, Scottsdale AZ  85257
Time:  7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Price:  $10.00 per person - "All You Can Eat"
Proceeds will go to the Coronado Foundation For The Future

Photographer will be taking individual/class/group pictures (for purchase - $10 each) in front of the legendary CHS mosaic created by Joe Gatti (CHS Art Instructor 1961-1984).  So plan to get your classmates together for photos!

Group tours of the CHS renovated campus (completed in 2008/09) will be from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  There will be an alumni information booth in front of the cafeteria.  Campus Map Coronado Campus Map 2011.tif (Print and take with you, you'll be glad you did).

Leave Your Mark on Coronado, Bricks Are Available to Purchase:  The school is offering parents, teachers, students, alumni and community members the opportunity to purchase engraved bricks which will be permanently installed at the school’s amphitheater in the center of the campus. The cost of each brick and engraving is $50 for two lines and 22 characters and $22 for an additional line. Click on Coronado Bricks 2011.pdf for full details.

CHS will also have alumni shirts available for sale at the game, at the Rustler's Rooste event and on Saturday on campus  Check out the bricks and shirts at:

Coronado High School/Scottsdale (The Actual School's Website)  


Band Members!  Donettes!  Color Guard!  Twirlers!  Rifles!  Pit!  Drum Majors!  Join us for what looks to be the largest band ever to march on Coronado’s football field. We are so excited and honored that Les Hanson (Eugene Hanson’s son) will be conducting the alumni band..   

Go to to register!  Haven’t played in years?  No problem!  Music and fingering charts are at  Have friends who should play too?  Send them to to sign up!   You can email any questions to  For full information, click on 50th Anniversary Dons Alumni Band.


For All Classes:

Coronado PACE Rocks Flicka's & CHS Multiyear Reunion
Date:  Saturday, October 1, 2011
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Location:  Flicka's Baja Cantina
                  2003 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Admission:  Free; donations will be accepted

This event is open to all classes and faculty of CHS, including friends and family.  It is sponsored by PACE (CHS Choral Booster Club) to help raise money for choir to sing at Lincoln Center in New York City in March 2012.  Three alumni bands to perform: Thee Nobleman, The Michaels and The Hardways.  There will be a buffet dinner (starts at 6:30 p.m.) and prizes.

If you are on, click on:  Coronado PACE Rocks Flicka's to view the event and see who is attending.  A 2nd event has also been added:  Coronado PACE Rocks FLICKA'S Homecoming Multi-year Reunion.  Please note, these events on are for entertainment purposes only and to get an approximate head count; RSVP is not required, but is much appreciated.

Important: Do not park at Papa Johns! Your car will be towed if you do. Flicka has a parking agreement with Antique Centre, Rock Church and Antique Trove across the street. Parking there is safe, but be careful crossing Scottsdale Road.

Note:  The CHS Multiyear Reunion which occurs 3 times a year and was originally planned for September 17, 2011, has now been rescheduled to be in conjunction with the Coronado PACE Rocks Flicka's event.  For updates on the CHS Multiyear Reunion and other alumni information on, click on:  Coronado Alumni.  This is a must-be-on group for all alumni to be kept informed on upcoming CHS events and information. 


Class of 1962:

Jeff Ridenour, Debbie Tust (now Carole Richards-Martin) and Norm Storns are interested in getting their classmates together.  Please e-mail Jeff at with your suggestions and/or interest or to just provide your e-mail address (please make sure you provide your full class name and current name).  They will add you to their distribution list to keep you updated on any planned events for your class.  Please click on 1962 Letter.doc for letter to your 1962 class.  Facebook link to 1962 Class:  
CHS 1962.


Informal Gathering
Date:  Saturday, October 1, 2011
Location:  Talking Stick Resort / Palo Verde Lounge
                  9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
                  Scottsdale AZ  85256
Time:  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information please contact:

Norm Storns
Jeff Ridenour


Classes 1962-1976 and Faculty:

Homecoming Tailgate Party
Date:  Friday, September 30, 2011
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Location:  Flicka's Baja Cantina
                  2003 N. Scottsdale Rd.
                  Scottsdale AZ  85257
                  (Directly across of the old Papago Bowling Lanes)
Admission:  Free
Thee Noblemen (who played at CHS in '65 and '66) will be there. Will have a few raffle prizes that night too!

Note:  The Tailgate Party at Flicka's is open to all classes of CHS.

Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing, Entertainment and Raffle
Date:  Saturday, October 1, 2011
Time:  5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Rustler's Rooste
                  8383 S. 48th St.
                  Phoenix AZ  85044

Price:  $50.00 per person
Deadline to register and pay is September 23, 2011. 

This event is being spearheaded by Nancy Gaphardt Eiter Vance (CHS 1971).  For all details of the above event and other planned festivities for the classes of 1962-1976 homecoming weekend please visit their website:

Nancy and Traecy Rasmussen Kimball (CHS 1973) are doing a fantastic job -  limit is 600 and they are at 493 as of 9/23/11; faculty at 15, so you need to RSVP and pay ASAP to assure a spot - sorry, they cannot accommodate paying at the door.   

If you are on, Nancy has created the event "Coronado Classes 1962-1976 50th Anniversary Party The Early Years!"  Link to the event  Coronado Classes 1962-1976 50th Anniversary Party The Early Years!  Please note, this event on is for entertainment purposes only.  To RSVP, you must go to to register and pay!

Any memorabilia you Dons have, please let Nancy Gaphardt Eiter Vance know so they can use them for their displays.


Class of 1965:

The class of 1965 has has created an event on to keep their class updated: Coronado's 50th Homecoming - FridayLink to the Class of 1965 group on is:   CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL Class of '65 - Scottsdale AZ.


Classes of 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 (Only)

Join fellow classmates to reminisce and catch up one day before the CHS 50th Anniversary Celebration festivities begin.

Date:  Thursday, September 29, 2011
Time:  5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Los Olivos Restaurant
                 7328 E. 2nd Street
                 Scottsdale, AZ  85251
                 (480) 946-2256
Price:  $5.00 per person at the door
Includes mini chimi’s, chips and salsa and cash bar.

Note:  Adults only; spouses and significant welcome.

Please RSVP to one of the following contacts:

Bruce Utley (1969)             
Dennis Fledderjohn (1969)
Lynda McDowell (1969)      
Julie Morris (1969)              
Bonnie Miner Billington (1969)


If you are on, Traecy Rasmussen Kimball (CHS 1973) created the group "Coronado High School 50th Anniversary "The Early Years" 1962-1976" to keep everyone updated on the various events occurring homecoming weekend.  Link on  Coronado High School 50th Anniversary "The Early Years" 1962-1976.


Tonto Reunion (All Classes)

This event is individually list on this website.  For more information, please click Tonto Reunion (All Classes) to go there.


We are hoping as we get closer to the homecoming date, the below links will provide us more information: 

Coronado Foundation For The Future
Facebook group link:
Coronado Foundations For The Future

Coronado Foundation For The Future

Coronado Alumni
Facebook group link:
Coronado Alumni

This website will be posting all events for the 50th Anniversary Celebration as the information becomes available. If your class is planning a get-together centered around the homecoming date, please e-mail information to Tammy Bruggeman (CHS 1980 and webmistress of this website) at   Please write your posting like you are talking to an audience and include applicable website/facebook links.

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