The school, in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary, is turning up the volume with an array of festivities dually designed to elicit community support and draw out former and current students.
“It is always great to have a function where alumni have an opportunity to reacquaint and reminisce with one another,” said Malloy, a member of the class of ’74.
“The 50th is such a great milestone for any institution, but for me it represents the celebration of an outstanding, unique and special family.”
Homecoming weekend at North Springs High this year is operating under the apropos theme, “Blast from the Past.”
That roughly translates to current Spartans crafting their own memories via daily signature Spirit Week in-school happenings as they follow in the footsteps of their forebears. Traditional events highlight the weekend — a pep rally, varsity football game, homecoming king and queen coronation and a homecoming dance.
Organizers are keeping a keen eye on the community-at-large, including those with ties to the school (See the pre-game barbecue and Saturday morning parade.).
“There’s a lot of alumni in the area. … We invite them all to come out and bring their families,” said school spokesperson Carol Ciepluch. “We want them to celebrate all of North Springs’ success, to see we’re going and where we’ve come from.”
To give some indication of just how long the school has been around, during this month in 1963:
n The Beatles record their classic “I want to hold your hand.”
n Legendary ace pitcher Sandy Koufax leads the L.A. Dodgers past the New York Yankees in the World Series.
n Anti-John F. Kennedy “WANTED FOR TREASON” pamphlets are distributed in Dallas.
Malloy’s relationship with her North Springs extended family dates back to fall 1969, when she enrolled there as an eighth-grader.
In a sense, she never left. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Georgia, Malloy returned to teach physical education and health — while coaching volleyball, later serving as athletic director — at her alma mater in 1979. Although she retired from her full-time gig five years ago, she continues to work as a substitute teacher and activity bus driver.
For those counting, she’s been donning her beloved orange and blue in some capacity for 43 of the school’s 50 years of existence. “I tell my students if I did not love North Springs when I went here, I would never have returned and spent 35 more years here,” Malloy said. “I am so fortunate to be able to have lived my dream, which was coming back to teach and coach. … I would not change a thing.”
A closer look:
North Springs Charter High School, 7447 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with two events this weekend:
o Friday: pregame BBQ, with live music and activities, 5 to 7 p.m.; game – North Springs vs. Cambridge, 7:30 p.m.
o Saturday: North Springs 50th anniversary parade, 9:30 a.m.
o Information: www.friendsofnorthsprings.com or www.northspringshigh.com