Since 2003, alumni from the classes of San Pedro High School, specifically those classes from 1970-1976, but welcoming all, have gathered each year for a picnic.
A Gathering of "The Crowd" and Friends Picnic 2008 will be held this year for the first time, during the same weekend as Taste in San Pedro occurs.
The picnic is always scheduled on the Sunday after one of the classes of the 1970-1975 has their reunion on the preceding Saturday.
This year the Ke-Alians, Class of 1973 holds its 35-year reunion on Saturday August 2, 2008, so the picnic is being held on Sunday August 3, 2008.
This year, the picnic will be returning to Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. We have been graciously provided with at least 1/2 of a booth inside Taste in San Pedro, by Councilwoman Janice Hahn.
Also this year, because we are inside the Taste of San Pedro area, there will be an admission charge to enter the grounds.
Food and beverage tickets will be sold inside the event area and there will be a whole day filled with live music, great samples of foods to enjoy, vendors selling wares, and our little gathering where you can come an look at yearbooks and try to remember what we all looked like, so very long ago.
You may be wondering why "The Crowd" appears as it does.
Between September, 1971 and June, 1972, the largest student body population at the then three year S.P.H.S. attended the campus.
The classes of 1972, 1973, and 1974 will forever and always be the three largest graduating classes EVER at San Pedro High School.
The Mystics, Class of 1972 had 1,053 graduates.
The Ke-Alians, Class of 1973 had 958 graduates.
The Prometheans, Class of 1974 had 948 graduates.
Combined, the number of students crowding the halls of a school site that was smaller in size than it is today, held 2,959 students.
If we took that same number of students that were in the 10Th, 11Th, and 12Th grades then and added the 1,203 9Th grade class that attended S.P.H.S. in the 2007-2008 school year, there would have been 4,162 students.
So, when anybody claims that S.P.H.S. is too overcrowded today with only about 3,636 students, on a larger campus, we members of the real "Crowd" state, "rubbish"!
"The Crowd" are those alumni that constituted the 2,959 member student body. Our friends are everyone else who were on either side of each of those classes and all the other classes of the later 1970's, and all others.
Having the picnic inside the area of Taste in San Pedro is a first for our little picnic. We will get to find out what happens.
I am bringing yearbooks from 1971-1976, except for 1974 and I am very happy to have folks pouring through them to see if they recognize how we all looked when we were younger than we are now.
We hope as you ponder whether to attend Taste in San Pedro on Sunday August 3, or not, you try to remember the good times you had during your San Pedro High School years and try and forget any bad times you may have had.
Terri and I have gone to Taste in San Pedro every year for quite some time now, and we enjoy the food, the music, and visiting folks we don't usually get to see during the rest of the year.