Grand Island Northwest Celebrates 50 Year Milestone


This fall marks the 50th anniversary for Northwest High School in Grand Island, and officials say homecoming week is the perfect time to commemorate.

In 1963 the Grand Island public school system changed boundary lines leaving the farm kids living outside city limits with nowhere to go, which quickly go the ball rolling on Northwest High.

Cut to fifty years later and students, staff and faculty are celebrating both homecoming and this milestone of achievement.

"In the spring on '63 the farmers in the surrounding area decided to build a high school and they got the school board and founded and purchased the land and got a contractor. They broke ground and in the fall of '63, about six months later they opened the doors," says staff member and event coordinator Mike Shafer.

A special pep rally will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. on the Northwest football field.

Students, staff and alumni are invited to join in the celebration as well as a special half time ceremony during Friday night's homecoming game.