"That's one of the beautiful things about this community," Principal Stephanie de Visser said. "You've got that sense of history."
"You've got that sense of connectivity," said Bonnie Scott, a former teacher at the school and the chairwoman of the 60th anniversary committee.
Nestled up against Amethyst Avenue, once the area's main thoroughfare, Alta Loma Elementary opened as a two-wing school with about 165 students in 1953. The school has doubled in size since then and nearly tripled in enrollment: Today, the school teaches 467 students.
Tonight's celebration will include performances by choirs of current Alta Loma Elementary students, along with alumni now singing with their middle school and high school choruses. Among the dignitaries expected to attend is Floyd Stork, the first superintendent of Alta Loma School District and a former principal at the school.
All 10 of the school's living principals will be there, along with the widow of the one who died.
The celebration will take place in the school's cafeteria, now lined with a time line depicting events in community, school and world history.
"They're pretty excited," de Visser said. "When they were coming through for lunch, they were saying `It's so pretty!"'
A commemorative quilt, with squares submitted by individual classes, will be unveiled at the event.
"We just want people to come and enjoy," de Visser said.
Alta Loma's 60th anniversary celebration takes place at the school, 7085 Amethyst Ave., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 909-484-5000 for more information.
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