Normandy 50th Anniversary Open House on Mar. 28 will celebrate history, students
March 11, 2019
Normandy High School has celebrated many achievements and milestones over the years. In March, the school will be hosting a unique event as they commemorate 50 years as an educational institution in the Parma City School District.
The Normandy 50th Anniversary Open House will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The school will be open to anyone in the community to stop in, reminisce and see what’s changed at the home of the Invaders.
Normandy High School is located at 2500 West Pleasant Valley Road in Parma.
“We are inviting the entire school district to be our guests at the Open House,” explained Cyndee Bratz, with the Normandy Alumni Association. “Certainly alumni, former staff, administrators, elected officials across the three cities and all community members interested are invited to attend. We are happy to have anyone there.”
Normandy’s 50th Anniversary Open House will be a perfect opportunity for alumni of the school to come back to see what has changed, and what has stayed the same.
“There will be students and staff stationed around the building to help direct people to different areas of the building and maybe answer some questions,” Bratz said. “Certainly the big ticket items will be open, things like the auditorium. People can walk in and see what it looks like in comparison to what they remember from the past.”
Attendees of the Open House will have plenty to see during their time there. Throughout the event, many current students will be displaying and highlighting what makes the school great.
“All of the Career Tech programs, the sports teams and all the organizations related to the school will have a table where they can promote their organization so people know what they do,” Bratz added. “People can come by and talk to the kids about what it’s like and what they are doing now at Normandy.”
Students from the Sword and Shield restaurant, along with other programs and clubs will be performing and selling items for those in attendance.
“We will have some student entertainment, the band, cheerleaders, Dazzlers and other different groups, which will provide some lively stuff going on that people can see,” Bratz continued to explain. “People can see the kids nowadays, what their outfits look like, what their (band) uniforms look like. I think that will be interesting.”
Besides the photos of each class which are permanently hung on the walls of the school, people can view the inductees to the school’s Hall of Fame and Athletic Hall of Fame.
“We will have several tables set up with memorabilia,” Bratz said. “There will be old year books, papers, pictures, a lot of different things.”
There will also be a special program which will begin at 6:00 pm in the school’s cafeteria. Many former alumni, staff and principals will be recognized along with the current members of the school. At the conclusion, the Normandy alma mater will be sung by all.
Normandy’s PTA will be providing a 50th anniversary cake for the public to enjoy. Normandy 50th Anniversary t-shirts will also be for sale, as a memento for proud alumni to take home.
Those Normandy alumni interested in attending are encouraged to share the event on social media platforms, like Facebook, to spread the word about the Open House, Bratz said.
Without a doubt, attendees of the event will leave seeing the substantial amount of pride that former and current Invaders have for their alma mater.
“Normandy has always offered a lot of opportunities for kids,” Bratz confessed. “We are celebrating and honoring 50 years of academics, activities and opportunities for kids and staff. There’s always been a lot, and we’ve offered a lot for kids.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Normandy will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Open House celebration on March 28 at the school. The entire community is invited to attend the celebration.