On Monday, December 10, Yorba Linda High School (YLHS) celebrated its ten year anniversary with a campus-wide birthday party! Current and former students and staff, families, and community members gathered that day to help commemorate the school reaching its decade milestone.
After beginning construction in April 2007, the school first opened its doors in September 2009 to freshman and sophomore-aged students. The first students to receive diplomas from the school were the graduating class of 2012.
To help celebrate the school’s short yet remarkable history, the library was transformed into a YLHS museum complete with large displays of photos from throughout the years and various pieces of memorabilia. This included old year books, spirit wear, student projects, and even materials from the school’s construction. A large banner depicting the school’s special ten year anniversary logo along with blue, crimson, and silver balloons also added to the festive feel on campus.
The school’s founding and present day principal, Dave Flynn, welcomed those in attendance and introduced honored guests including Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Board of Education members, Superintendent Dr. Greg Plutko, Deputy Superintendent Candy Plahy, and officials from the City of Yorba Linda.
Following Principal Flynn’s introduction, attendees, students, and staff were treated to a combined performance of the school’s Alma Mater by band and choir students. The song, written by the school’s Director of Bands, Bincins Garcia, celebrates academics, athletics, and arts.
In addition to Principal Flynn, speakers for the lunchtime ceremony included teachers Sarah Shay and Rey Lejano, as well as the school’s ASB president, Lauren Bui. Each speaker shared unique details regarding the campus and the school they so proudly call their own.
“Service, teamwork, achievement, mastery, passion, ethics, dedication, and excellence,” shared Lejano. “Those are the values that carried our Mustangs to success and achievement. Those are the values that, if you hold onto, will shine light along the path towards your dreams and a great future.”
The ceremony ended with the crowd singing happy birthday, a symbolic ribbon cutting featuring Superintendent Plutko and Principal Flynn, and a huge blast of confetti!
Congratulations on a decade of running with the stampede, Mustangs!