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October 21, 2009 > California School for the Deaf celebrates 150 years

California School for the Deaf celebrates 150 years

Submitted By Bridgetta Bourne-Firl
Photos By courtesy of CSD Outreach Division

The California School for the Deaf (CSD) has attained quite a milestone - 150 years educating deaf and hard of hearing children successfully. It is a school that teaches children to think. Over the years, successful graduates of CSD have entered a great array of professions. The California School for the Deaf has an international reputation for its high quality educational program.

"Our mission is to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students receive the best possible education, enabling them to reach their full potential while preparing them to function effectively and to become contributing members of society," said Dr. Henry Klopping, School Superintendent.

The 150th year celebration runs throughout the school year with a series of events being held on October 22 - 25. This special anniversary will provide an ideal time for the alumni to share their school life and collective experiences as students and to celebrate the CSD's rich history.

The weekend gala will kick off with a reception in the dining room at the school on October 22. Then on October 23, the event will include a school tour and museum visit. In the morning, participants can enjoy the student's school-wide pep rally with the famous former San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott to inspire the audience.

In the evening, a Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held in the gym to honor past outstanding athletes and coaches. Jack O Connell, California's Superintendent of Public Instruction will present at the Hall of Fame event.

Alumni, parents of current students, students, staff members, and community members are welcome to join the weekend gala. Although, many of the events have already sold out, tickets are still available to the Homecoming Games on Saturday and for the Sunday afternoon ASL and captioned film "Gerald." For information on the schedule of events go to:

The "Big Games" will take place on Homecoming Day, October 24. The California School for the Deaf and California School for the Deaf-Riverside (CSDR) have played against each other since 1974. Both have the only two all-deaf high school football teams, in the state of California. Coaches and players on both sides communicate thru American Sign Language (ASL) and use a different audible system than the hearing teams. They have a rich history of rivalry. In the morning, volleyball and cross-country meets will take place.

At noontime, former queens and kings from past years, along with the current student court, will parade around the track and the game itself is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. In addition, there will be a fun kids' area next to the football field.

Sunday, October 25 is Alumni Day for class reunions. There will also be a showing of the ASL and captioned film "Gerald" at 1 p.m.

CSD is a fully accredited state-funded school for students who are deaf/hard of hearing living in Northern California. Course contents based on state standards for public schools are taught through American Sign Language and English, allowing students full access to learning in all core subjects.

Most of the tickets to events have sold out, but there are some available for the following:

California School for the Deaf - 150th Year Celebration
Thursday, October 22 - Sunday, October 25
39350 Gallaudet Dr., Fremont

"The Big Games"
Saturday, October 24
Noon - Various activities and parade
2 p.m. - Football game (football field)
$10 adults/$7 seniors/$5 students

Sunday, October 25
1 p.m.
ASL and captioned film "Gerald"
CSD Little Theatre

(510) 794-3707

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