MORE than 700 people took a walk down memory lane at Orange High School’s centenary celebrations over the weekend.
Ex-students travelled from across the country, some as far as Western Australia, for a chance to catch up with old friends, flames and former teachers.
Some people were emotional while others were just curious.
Former students, teachers and parents who walked through the front doors were impressed with the calibre of preparations the school had undertaken.
Principal Maree Angus attributed the success of the weekend’s celebration to the commitment of the centenary committee, the staff and the hours of practice undertaken by the students.
“All those involved have spent weeks and in some cases months preparing for this special event,” she said.
“The students particularly have excelled themselves.”
Mrs Angus said the students had taken great pride in showing visitors what the school was up to in 2012.
“They made displays that showed off how they work with technology, peer support systems and major works,” she said.
The celebrations were wrapped up with a barbecue breakfast and a tree planting yesterday.
A variegated tulip tree was planted in commemoration of the milestone. Former student Reg Kidd said there were only two trees of its kind in Orange.
The tree was planted in the front lawn of the school, which held particular significance for some ex-students.
Previously, students were forbidden to step on the lush green lawn.
“I tried it once and I certainly copped it for it,”Mr Kidd said.