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Ernest Righetti High School Football fan Rodger Brown will join thousands of other enthusiasts Friday night to celebrate the school's 50th Homecoming Anniversary and root for the Warriors."I have probably attended more home and away games than anyone else I know,''' said Mr. Brown, a retired ERHS math teacher who has enjoyed the hometown team for nearly 35 years.

The (Oct. 19) football game, which features the Warriors (2-6 overall and 1-3 in conference) battling Arroyo Grande High School, starts at 7 p.m. at the school's stadium, 941 East Foster Road.

ERHS Principal Steve Molina is expected to receive a resolution from Fourth District Santa Barbara County Supervisor Joni Gray recognizing the school's outstanding 50 years of service.

The ERHS Band plans to be ready on the field and in the stadium to entertain and pump-up Warrior fans. A fireworks show is planned and introductions of graduating classes are also scheduled.

The first homecoming queen was Anita Righetti in 1963. This year's King nominees are Gavin France, Jacob Hummel, Marcus McMorris, Troy Prober and Ryland Towne. The Queen nominees are Michelle Arriaga, Ivy Diego, Justice Guyer, Chantal Herrera and Carly Koertge. The institution has more than 2,200 students.

Mr. Brown said the first game played in Warrior Stadium was in 1981 against Santa Ynez. Four seats remain dedicated to Russ and Jayne Olsen and Teresa and her late husband Fermin Graves for the countless hours and support they provided to make the stadium a reality.

"If they are not there, a member of the family will be,'' said Mr. Brown, adding at least two generations of family members played football for the Warriors.

SMJUHSD Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson described Homecomings as an important part of the high school experience that won't be easily forgotten.

"How can anyone go wrong by sharing school spirit and community pride,'' Dr. Richardson said. "We are all proud to be part of it.''

The Warrior Alumni social gathering will be held at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. Delicious Tri-Tip sandwiches, drinks and T-Shirts will be for sale to support the Warrior program.

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