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Maine South High School looks back for 50th anniversary homecoming

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Homecoming week festivities • The annual parade, kicking off at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. • Homecoming queen elections, Sept. 24-25, online • Hallway decorating by class councils and student clubs on Thursday, Sept. 26 • Crowning of the homecoming queen during the Friday, Sept. 27 school assembly • The homecoming football game against Glenbrook South at 7 p.m., Sept. 27 in the stadium • The homecoming dance on Sept. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Spectator Gym. • A 50th anniversary Open House and tour of Maine South is also slated to take place on Sept. 28, though details were not yet available at press time.

Marty McFly won’t be showing up to Maine South High School’s homecoming, but his DeLorean might.

Well, at least one that looks kind of like the iconic “Back to the Future” time machine.

To mark the Park Ridge high school’s 50th anniversary in 2014, this year’s homecoming theme is “Back to the Future,” a time for students to travel back through the five decades of Maine South history through student-created displays and collections of donated memorabilia. To better reflect this theme, homecoming organizers are hoping to borrow an iconic DeLorean to fit into the backdrop of the festivities which kick off Monday, Sept. 23.

“We’re still working out the logistics of it, but we would like to involve it in the assembly and the parade,” said Eve Muir-Wilson, Maine South Student Council sponsor.

The homecoming committee is reaching out to Park Ridge residents to see if anyone has a DeLorean they are willing to lend the school.

“We have been in contact with a DeLorean club, so we can rent one from them, but we wanted to see if anyone in the community had one so we could save a little bit of money,” Muir-Wilson said.

But even more pressing is the need for convertibles for the Saturday, Sept. 28 parade, she added. About nine convertibles are required to carry members of the homecoming court and school administrators.

Anyone with a DeLorean or convertible to lend the Maine South Student Council for use in homecoming celebrations is asked to contact Muir-Wilson at (847) 692-8166 or at emuirwilson@maine207.org.

This week, members of student clubs got an early start on homecoming celebrations by dipping into paint and their inner creativity to create window murals along the front driveway, an annual tradition.

Various hallways in the school will be decorated by class councils to reflect different time periods in the school’s history, Muir-Wilson said.

Tying in with homecoming and the school’s upcoming anniversary will be the dedication of the new Maine South Wall of Honor and visits by two of the wall’s first inductees.

Patricia Callahan, a 1989 graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, and Nathan Hultman, a 1992 grad and noted climate scientist at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, will speak with students during a Friday, Sept. 27 homecoming assembly and spend time at the high school. Former First Lady, presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a member of the class of 1965 who is also being inducted, is not expected to attend, but a prerecorded video will be shown to the students, said Maine Township High School District 207 Spokesman Dave Beery.

The inductees will also be recognized during a special dinner hosted by the District 207 Educational Foundation and Maine South on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Park Ridge Country Club.

Clinton, according to a news release from the district, will be represented at the dinner by longtime friend Betsy Ebeling, who was involved in her 2008 presidential campaign. Clinton will be honored for “her long and considerable service to the country and her work protecting children and women’s rights,” according to the district.

Alumni and friends are invited to attend the dinner and should reserve a place by downloading and submitting a completed form, found at www.maine207.org, to Maine South by Sept. 19. The cost is $50 per plate.

The exact location of the Wall of Honor within Maine South High School is still being determined, but it will be established within the front hallway, Beery said.

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Homecoming week festivities • The annual parade, kicking off at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. • Homecoming queen elections, Sept. 24-25, online • Hallway decorating by class councils and student clubs on Thursday, Sept. 26 • Crowning of the homecoming queen during the Friday, Sept. 27 school assembly • The homecoming football game against Glenbrook South at 7 p.m., Sept. 27 in the stadium • The homecoming dance on Sept. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Spectator Gym. • A 50th anniversary Open House and tour of Maine South is also slated to take place on Sept. 28, though details were not yet available at press time.
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