Sparks High School and the Class of ‘67 performed a flag dedication ceremony as a kickoff to fall Homecoming week Monday morning in front of the school. With a new flagpole installed in the spring of 2017, the flag dedication ceremony is a way to recognize Sparks High alumni and donors of the flag, while keeping them abreast of current happenings at their beloved school.
The Sparks High Class of ‘62 started the flag dedication ceremony five years ago and it has since become a tradition with subsequent classes introducing a new American flag each year. At the start of the school year, ROTC students lower the flag and place it in a case (which is then on display in Sparks High School’s main hallway) and then replace it with a brand-new flag which flies over the school all year.
“This is part of the culture and tradition of Sparks High with our alumni; we have a lot of graduates in the community of Sparks and this is a way for them to give back and be recognized,” says Sparks High School Principal Kevin Carroll.
Since this is the launch of Homecoming week, it also makes it the most appropriate time to bring in the new flag. There is a lot of school spirit in the air as the hallways are all decorated, a student assembly will be held on Thursday, and everything will be ramping up for Friday’s football game against Fernley and that evening’s homecoming dance.
It’s hard to believe that the school year is already a quarter of the way through with students going on a fall break next week. Carroll says that Sparks High had a great turnout for its back to school open house with parents and that the school is on pace to set a graduation record with results to be released mid-October.
“We’re already rolling and students are doing what it takes to get the job done,” Carroll says.
Carroll extended his appreciation to Mrs. Patricia Nelson who was the principal donor for the purchase of the new flagpole in honor of her late husband Lloyd Nelson.