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Lathrop High celebrates 10 year since opening
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The alumni presence was strong at Lathrop High during homecoming. - photo by Photo Contributed

Call it 10 years of Spartan pride.

Lathrop High honored its decade milestone on Friday by recognizing alumni for over the years at the homecoming game against Pacheco High of Los Banos.

The Panthers, who are one of the league favorites – this is the Spartans’ first year in the Western Athletic Conference – dampened some of the festivities with a lopsided 49-12 win.

Still, “SPAR10 Apocalypse,” an appropriate homecoming theme, had more than its fair share of memorable moments at Bennie Gatto Field at Paul Wiggins Stadium.

Principal Greg Leland acknowledged that while the Manteca Unified school site opened in 2008, the Class of 2011 was the first graduating class.

LHS’ first classes were that of sophomores and freshmen.

Leland along with his fellow administrators – included were Assistant Principal Martha Dent, Vice Principal Bill Pinol and Vice Principal Chuck Selna – were thrilled to see the strong presence of alumni at homecoming.

The evening kicked off with the float parade consisting of each class incorporating the “Spar10 Apocalypse” theme.

The junior class took first place.

The crowning achievement took place at halftime when Eghosa Ogbeide was announced as homecoming queen.

Desiree Ambatali was crowned princess.

Joining Ogbeide and Ambatali in the royal court were queen candidates Jailyn Annese, Isis Payton and Hannah Eiras, coupled with princess candidates Zenna Bose and Jasmine Rodriguez.

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