Homecoming: Tomales pride outweighs size
By ANDREA GRANAHAN / West County Correspondent
Tomales High School may be tiny, with just 53 seniors in this year’s graduating class, but it is mighty in spirit.
The school serves Tomales, in Marin County, as well as large parts of the Sonoma County coast, including Bodega Bay.
This year the school celebrates its 100th anniversary. Small it may be, but it endures. Year after year its graduates have left with great affection for their school.
This year’s students are no exception. On Sept. 28 they threw themselves whole heartedly into their homecoming game and festivities.
Locals follow high school football passionately, including this game, which pitted Tomales against Emeryville High School. Lots of ardent fans attended the game, watching Tomales trounce Emeryville 33 to 8. Joe Nokes, music teacher for Tomales Elementary, provided the game’s triumphant music.
The school’s motto is “Home of the brave,” using brave as an adjective rather than a noun. Tomales is sensitive to Native American objections to Indian mascots and tomahawk chops, so they don’t happen here.
This year’s Homecoming Queen was Bianca Diaz, who ruled without a king. She and her court were driven around the field while the crowd cheered, followed by the traditional parade floats.
The four Tomales classes compete against each other every year. This year their theme was “Fairy Tales.” The seniors took on “Alice in Wonderland,” the juniors “Peter Pan.” The sophomores chose “Hansel and Gretel,” and the frosh class did “Snow White.”
The winner is chosen by the public that attends the game. This year they voted for the juniors with their elaborate Peter Pan float.
The Tomales homecoming dance is country flavored, with more cowboy boots than gowns. A DJ provided music for dancing in the all-purpose room, including a song that got them up on the stage for a makeshift conga line.
All in all, laid back Tomales High teens said they had a wonderful time. With some 100-year-old traditions and wide community support, the school is liable to be around in another century, still playing football, still dancing.