Santa Rosa High School celebrated its 140th year in existence with a school-wide Open House attended by hundreds of graduates on March 30th. The event was organized by the STP which is led by Susan Burch. The activities ranged from Agriculture to Vocational programs to history displays in the hallways to the wonderful Museum upstairs and capped off by a 1942 graduate bringing down the house singing “These Old Bones”
in the auditorium. SRHS was the only high school in town from 1875 until Montgomery opened up in the fall of 1958. My grandmother, Pearl Cockrill Grace, graduated in 1895, followed by my dad and uncles in the 1920’s, my sister in 1957, my brothers and me in the 1960’s and my children from 1989 to 2001. Four generations at that venerable old school and maybe more to come. Over the last 25 years I have been involved with the SRHS Foundation and served as the first president and continued on the board until last June. I am still very committed to the school and am very proud of the over $2M donated by grads and non-grads over the last 25 years.
What does this have to do with Grace Properties? I believe it is critical to be involved in your community at the grass roots level and I have done so through coaching youth and high school sports for close to 30 years, serving on the first Schools Plus Board and the Santa Rosa High School Foundation. The Grace Family has a rich history in Santa Rosa going back to the 1870’s. Roots are important to me and I am proud to be a part of this town and plan to continue to serve. At present I am the president of the History Society of Santa Rosa which is just getting started. I hope we can make the history of this town available to all who have an interest.
Part of real estate is knowing your town…and I do know and love this town.
April 14th, 2014