Every year, practically all colleges and high schools celebrate Homecoming. There are parades and football games and the like. Palmer High School, is a bit different in that their celebration also receives a Proclamation from City Hall. This is a nice presentation and basically, it means that the week of their Homecoming, is "proclaimed for the whole city" to know about. Colorado Springs High School, later renamed to Gen. William J. Palmer in honor of the city's founder, first held classes in 1875 - this was one year before statehood. Their first graduating class was 5 students – three girls and two boys. The first Alumni Association was formed in 1894 and was active for about 25 years. The current association, named The CSHS/Palmer Alumni Association, began in 1984 (going strong for 32 years, now) has a hand in the Homecoming festivities, but mostly it is busy with the induction of the newest members of their Alumni Hall of Fame. The school has had 40,730 graduates and currently there are 109 graduates who are in that esteemed group, with a few who were named as Honorary Members. Even though the Hall wasn't started until 1985, for anyone to be inducted into a Hall of Fame, they are a small number compared to the overall graduate total. Folks can nominate any graduate they deem worthy. Nominations are received from January up to the end of May, each year. All nomination packages are thoroughly examined in the voting process. Those who are to be inducted, will be introduced at half time during the Homecoming football game the night before. The inductees are first treated to the Homecoming football game, where they are introduced at half time. They get to travel to the game in style, thanks to vehicles provided by the local Ford Model A Club. The following morning, beginning at 9:45 in the Eagle Wing at Palmer, there is a Complimentary Brunch put on by the Alumni Association. Next, things continue into the Auditorium for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, at 10:45. Immediately following, a few words are said and then the portraits of the newly inducted Hall of Fame members are unveiled. Then, they are invited to ring the bell in the courtyard. This is something which up until very recently, was reserved for graduates, only. Nowadays, incoming Freshmen are also given this opportunity. Along with a portrait, nominees are requested to include five to seven words that best describes them and/or what they feel about themselves. For those who are inducted posthumously, the family is asked to do the same. This year, we have two new members. They are, in class order: #110 The Late Samuel C. Hunter, Jr., Class of 1936 - Businessman, Community Leader, Documented Original Tuskegee Airman and #111 Barry Farris, Class of 1955 - With Service in the Marine Corps., Retired Army, Dedicated and Innovative Volunteer, Past President of the CSHS-Palmer Alumni Association This will be the second year in a row that we have inducted a Tuskegee Airman. The Alumni Hall of Fame includes educators, doctors, politicians, military figures, judges, mayors, an actress, coaches, mentors, a police chief – a wide array of people, to help inspire the students of today. All of their portraits hang above the trophy case, on the first floor. Other Hall of Fame portraits are on the wall facing that and on the second floor, also. The induction ceremony is quite the sight. It is a major honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and the Alumni Association does their best to make sure it is a big deal, to be a part of it all! Tours will be given of the Alumni Historical Rooms, when the ceremonies are concluded. Later Saturday evening, there is a get together, at the Olive Garden Restaurant, 513 N. Academy at 5 p.m.. It is all capped off with a reservation only, Hall of Fame Honoree's Brunch on Sunday at the Colorado Springs Country Club, on Templeton Gap Road.
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