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Mustangs for life: Monte Vista celebrates 50 years at homecoming game

Celebration features tailgate party, parade and halftime show

Calling all Mustangs.

Danville’s Monte Vista High School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the school is looking for all of its current and former community members to join in on the fun at Friday’s homecoming football game and tailgate party.

Students, parents, staff and especially alumni are invited to attend festivities, which begin at 4 p.m. on the Monte Vista blacktop with the Homecoming tailgate. The party will feature food trucks, games, face painting, booths and school spirit wear available for sale. Staff and students will also receive free hot dogs, according to the Monte Vista website.

There is no cost to enter but participants can purchase $1 raffle tickets sold as a fundraiser for the various Monte Vista clubs.

At 6:30 p.m. a pregame parade will feature floats built by current and former students. Each grade will be represented by their own float and parade crews will walk dressed in costumes and holding props.

For the main event, the mighty Monte Vista Mustangs will take on their regional rivals, the Matadors from Granada High School in Livermore. Both teams are having successful years, as the Mustangs have achieved a 5-2 record, while the Matadors have maintained six wins and only one loss. Kickoff begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available online, at $5 for students and seniors, and $8 for adults.

For halftime entertainment, football fans bear witness to the musical talents of the Monte Vista High School Band and its spirit leaders.

Mustangs who do not mind missing the tailgate can watch the junior varsity game, which begins at 4:30 p.m.

Later that evening, students and their chaperones will adjourn to the Monte Vista Commons for the school’s 50th annual Homecoming dance -- this year's aptly named theme “Mustangs for Life!” celebrates the school's heritage.

The dance will run from 7-10 p.m. Student tickets are still available: $35 with the ASB activities seal and $40 without.

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