homecoming tonightThink the Lake Highlands 50th Anniversary celebration is only for alumni of the school and favored former teachers? Think again.

The planning committee has been working for months to make the Sunday, March 23rd event something all of LH will enjoy, whether you graduated with the Class of ’64 or recently enrolled your oldest in the four-year-old class.

Oinknmoo's The Hulky

Oinknmoo’s The Hulky

The fun begins at 1:30 p.m. when food trucks roll into the school’s circle drive out front. Fancy a slice of pizza from Hook and Ladder Draught House and Pizza Company? How about a Kentucky Onion Burger from Easy Slider? Maybe the Avocado from Flatlanders Taco Company? For dessert, taste the Cookie Dough Trailercake. And of course, you gotta try OinknMoo BBQ, the creation of LHHS grad Dave Hunt. His brisket and smoked sausage have become all the rage at locations like Truck Yard on lower Greenville, but it’s his monster sandwiches, like The Hulky and El Diablo that keep folks callin’ (and cursin’) his name. The Hulky starts with 2/3 of a pound of meat – sliced brisket, hot link and pork – then adds bacon, onion rings and spicy sauce to Texas toast. A Wildcat winner!

While you’re eating, enjoy free entertainment as the cheerleaders, Folklorica, Wranglers, Espree, Orchestra, Highlandettes, Band and Steppers all perform on the steps of the auditorium. Later, you can step inside to see performances continue (the full schedule is available on the Anniversary Facebook page).

Cookie Dough Trailercake

Cookie Dough Trailercake

Also inside you’ll find 50 years’ worth of Wildcat memorabilia, including vintage gear from the various sports teams, Bell Boys, PTA, clubs and performing groups. You can visit with former teachers and staff in the Student Center and with alums in the

library. Anniversary t-shirts and commemorative DVDs will be available for purchase in the library, as well. You can also remember Ron Howard’s movie “Cotton Candy”, partially filmed on the LHHS campus, with a display in the LHHS cafeteria. There will also be photo booths with Wildcat props in the cafeteria and the large gym.

Ready to step outside? You (and your kids) can run the bases on LH’s baseball and softball fields and take guided tours of Wildcat-Ram Stadium, better known as The Boneyard.

Planners promise they also have a few surprises up their sleeves.

If you’d like more information or have vintage memorabilia or photos to share, you can email Lisa Andrews in the school’s front office at lisa.andrews@risd.org.