WBHS to host first-ever alumni tailgate at homecoming

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 19, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield High School is welcoming home its former students at the first-ever alumni homecoming tailgate Friday, Oct. 6. 

“We wanted to provide alumni with this chance to come back to the school and see what’s happening,” said Jennifer Sepetys, a teacher at WBHS.

The tailgate will begin at 3:30 p.m. The idea of the event is to allow former WBHS students the opportunity to take a tour of the high school before watching the Lakers take on the Athens Red Hawks for the homecoming game. 

“We’re looking for a way to encourage alumni to come back to the school to have the opportunity to see some current staff members,” said Sepetys. “We’re also encouraging former staff members to come back.”

Sepetys and co-organizer Julia Zalla are both WBHS alumnae, so they were inspired to organize the event after their friends and former classmates would ask them about school.

“Whenever I run into people I graduated with or past students, they always ask who’s still teaching, how are the teachers, and say they want to visit,” said Zalla. “I thought it would be wonderful to host something where we bring in former teachers and current teachers and invite alumni.”

The tailgate includes a barbecue dinner where students and graduates can connect with former classmates, teachers and administrators. Before the start of the football game, the alumni are invited to walk the track.

The alumni homecoming is organized by students and mentors in the WBHS DECA club and the school’s student government.

“We’re so excited,” said Zalla. “Students I’ve had in class are coming, and people I graduated with are also coming. They’re talking about wearing letter jackets, how they’re so excited to see their favorite teachers at the barbecue.”

Tickets can be purchased for $25 per adult and $10 per child. Tickets include a tour of the high school, an alumni T-shirt, dinner and a game ticket. For the game only, tickets cost $5 at the gate. 

All proceeds from the tailgate will be donated to the general fund of the school.

For tickets and more information, visit www.wbhsalumnitailgate.eventbrite.com.