Gulf High Alumni Invasion Is Here
The invasion celebrates bonds to the school and the life of a longtime educator.
The second-ever Gulf High Alumni Invasion kicks off today. Generations of former Gulf High students have been invited to New Port Richey for the two-day reunion event.
This invasion commemorates Gulf High’s 90th birthday. It also pays tribute to retired Gulf High coach and principal James E. "Ed" Campbell, who was killed this past March and found dead in his home in Madison County.
Bill Phillips, class of ‘75, is organizing the invasion.
Phillis has credited the alumni invasion with building engaged alumni who want to give back to the school. It’s also an example of how far life can take alumni after they graduate.
“You want to continue to build that love of school,” Phillips has said in the past.
The school’s homecoming game against Hudson High is also tonight
Today’s invasion schedule includes the Homecoming parade in downtown New Port Richey, homecoming festivities and an after party.
There will also be a dedication of an alumni plaza at Des Little Stadium in honor of Campbell.
Tomorrow's schedule includes an alumni breakfast and a celebrattion of Campbell's life.
For details of the invasion, see the schedule below, provided by Phillips and Gulf High. You can also keep abreast of updates at the GHS Alumni Invasion 2012 Facebook page.
Friday, Oct. 26
2 p.m. Gulf High homecoming parade starting at Orange Lake, and then onto Grand Blvd.
4:30 Gulf High School, 5355 School Road, New Port Richey, - Pre-game Tailgate Event for Alumni, Family & Friends
Cost of the tailgate and homecoming festivitities
$25 per person, which includes the following costs:
$15.00 person – PitBoss BBQ – Drinks & Music
$ 5.00 – Game Ticket
$ 3.00 – Stadium Reserved Parking
$ 2.00 – Alumni Invasion Scholarship Fund
You can also instead pay the costs for individual items.
7 p.m. Game starts at Des Little, opening with James Edward Campbell Alumni Plaza Dedication at Des Little Stadium
- Alumni Plaza Dedication and on field introductions
- Recognition of Connie Perdue & Orville Williamson
8 p.m. – 11 p.m. – GHS Alumni Invade Downtown NPR – Peace Hall
- Event HQ – Peace Hall next to Sims Park
- Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks & Food (will be available)
- Entertainment – Terry White (GHS ’75) on guitar
Saturday, Oct. 27
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Alumni Breakfast at Peace Hall - $10.00
Music by the GHS Jazz Band
West Pasco Historical Society will be open
10 a.m.– 11 a.m. – Alumni Meet & Greet
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Celebration of Life – Memorial Service for James Edward (Coach) Campbell