The Jefferson School Reunion was held on Aug. 21. Well over 400 current and former students, staff, and parents marked eight decades at the present site; the southeast corner of Chrisman and Linne roads. The Jefferson School District was founded in 1878 and had schools at various places on Chrisman Road and Tracy Boulevard before the red-brick building at Chrisman and Linne was dedicated on April 7, 1929.
A variety of events took place including a meet-and-greet, BBQ, Jefferson School Band performance, an open house, and a gallery of Jefferson photos and videos by decade. Most of all, it was a time to renew acquaintances, and recall the old days of attending or teaching at a rural school in Tracy.
Dr. Jim Bridges, welcomed the crowd during a short ceremony at noon and commented about continuous theme of educational excellence that carried on over the last 80 years. The Jefferson band, comprised of current and former band members, played under the leadership of current Jefferson music director Nate Schofield. Tom Hawkins, longtime principal and superintendent, shared that he believed Jefferson is and has always been the best school district in the state. Joe Alvarez, the most senior attending graduate, addressed the crowd. He shared the importance of knowing your multiplication facts to the young students in attendance and even recited his aloud from memory. The Tracy Breakfast Lions, led by Tom Hawkins, barbequed tri-tip sandwiches and hot dogs for the crowd.