SOUTH JORDAN It was the party of all parties as Bingham High School students and alumni celebrated the school's 100th birthday in style Tuesday.
"Very few schools in Utah have reached this benchmark," said Scott Thomas, Bingham High centennial public relations chairman.
Two morning assemblies for students and an evening event for alumni wowed crowds in the packed auditorium of the South Jordan school.
Slide shows of bygone years were interspersed with colorfully reminiscent songs and dances representing everything from the Roaring Twenties to the poodle skirt era.
Bingham High has had 23 principals. Of the nine who are still alive, eight were able to attend Tuesday's festivities and were honored on stage.
Guests toured the school and bought Bingham High memorabilia, including pins, key chains, coins and T-shirts. A 200-page history of the school was published and is for sale.
Bingham's graduating classes of 2006 and 2007 have funded a 10-foot-high bronze statue of a miner for the school's Centennial Plaza.
The sculptor is Stan Watts of Salt Lake City, who created the 9/11 sculpture of firefighters lifting the flag to be placed at ground zero in New York City.
Bricks engraved with donors' names are being sold for $100 to be placed around the base of the miner statue.
Singing happy birthday was a must at the school Tuesday. And there were thousands of balloons and hundreds of slices of cake.
This was only the first of dozens of events for the school's 100th anniversary. The centennial football game, during which a new stadium will be dedicated, will be Friday night. For information on more centennial events throughout the school year, go to www.binghamalumni.org
Bingham High has been housed at five different locations in the past 100 years: three in Bingham Canyon, one in Copperton and in the current building at 2160 W. 10400 South the past 33 years.
Bingham High alumna Linda Sandstrom of South Jordan taught at the school for 13 years, was assistant principal for six years and is chairwoman of the Centennial Celebration Committee.
"There were so many good role models there who had a great impact on my life," Sandstrom said.Her parents, husband and children have all gone to Bingham High.