The oldest known living Piper High School graduate is planning to attend a tailgate event for alumni during the Piper homecoming festivities Oct. 11.
Ninety-year-old Loretta Scott Falk Groseclose is planning to go to the tailgate event, ride in the homecoming parade and attend the football game, according to Jolene Jackson, communications, curriculum and assessment coordinator for the Piper school district.
Loretta Scott was in the class of 1941 at Piper High School. Her grandfather owned 40 acres of land and was instrumental in establishing the town of Piper, according to Jackson. Loretta Scott has lived all of her 90 years in the Piper community. The Scott family still owns the Piper Baptist Church property, which was established by her grandfather in 1844, Jackson stated.
All Piper alumni who attend the tailgate event Oct. 11 will be admitted free to the football game, Jackson said. It will be the first time that an alumni tailgate event has been planned at the homecoming football game, she said.
The Piper homecoming parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 on Independence Avenue and 109th, and ends at the high school, and the tailgate event will begin immediately afterward, around 6 p.m. on the lawn of the high school, she said. The crowning of the homecoming king and queen is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. The football game is scheduled at 7 p.m.
Alumni in attendance will be recognized after the crowning of the homecoming royalty.
This tailgate event will feature cookies and beverages, not a meal.
Jackson said the Piper district wants to enhance the relationship with its alumni and start building an alumni base.