This weekend is when we would normally hold our homecoming celebration. It is one of the greatest times of the school year and a wonderful way for us to bond with our community, new and old. Alumni, parents, and students work together to create an amazing weekend, and it helps our community feel connected to past generations that have attended Menaul. 
We want to honor this special tradition and Menaul’s longevity by looking at homecoming celebrations through the decades. Featured are just some of our many homecoming royalty, and the historical events that happened during these years. The people pictured lived through so many interesting and occasionally difficult times. This pandemic has been hard for all of us, and lately many of us have been feeling strained. It is nice to look to past generations and understand that they, at times, had similar experiences.
We acquired all of the photos and information about Menaul from the Menaul School Historical Library. If you have any questions about the content featured, please call them at 505-343-7480. We used for the historical events featured. 


Year: 1949  
Royalty: Adelina Montano 
Court: Regina Sandoval, S. Ortiz, Elda Cordova, Anna Vargas 
This Year in History: NATO signed in Washington DC, Federal Public of West Germany created, South Africa begins implementing apartheid 


Year: 1950  
Royalty: Marcelina Lucero  
Court: Rafaelita Casias, Esther Rodriguez, Mary Ellen Valverde, Adelina Montano 
This Year in History: North Korea invades South Korea beginning Korean War, Bob Hope makes his first TV appearance, Jackie Robinson signs the highest paid contract in Dodger history 


Year: 1964  
Royalty: Frances Cohn  
Court: Regina Montoya, Becky Nolan, Delma Estrada, Ruth Gutierrez 
This Year in History: Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, Martin Luther King Jr. Wins the Nobel Peace Prize, Gilligan’s Island debuts on CBS 


Year: 1973 
Royalty: Arlene Martinez 
Court: Christy Maestas, Ethel Eichwald, and Betty Jane Mata 
This Year in History: Roe v. Wade is passed in the Supreme Court, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is released, Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time 


Year: 1987 
Royalty: April Maturino  
Court: Carla Roybal, Gale Olson, Stephanie Williams, and Bekki Davis 
This Year in History: Ronald Reagan implores Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, later torn down in 1991, Marlee Matlin is the first deaf actress to win a Golden Globe, astronomers at the University of California see the first sight of the birth of a galaxy 


Year: 1996 
Royalty: Sandra Arellano-King, Bruce Sers 
Court: Sabina Zuniga-Varela, Alene Valdez, Annie Lovato, Tanya Aragon 
This Year in History: Game of Thrones, written by George R.R. Martin, is published, Tupac is killed in a Las Vegas drive by shooting, Osama bin Laden declares war on the US 


Year: 2002 
Royalty: Jami LaBelle and Matt Fike 
This Year in History: US invades Afghanistan, African Union is established, the printed Euro is officially used in 12 countries in the European Union with the largest cash changeover in history 


  1. 1
    Lydia Quezada on October 18, 2020

    This is awesome! I would like to see it continued until every year is on here. 😊

    1. 2
      Amy Boldt on October 20, 2020

      Hello Lydia! Thank you for the suggestion! It is so fun to see all of the different years of Menaul. In the meantime, if you are interested in seeing all of the sandstorm yearbooks from Menaul, you can call the Historical Library at 505-343-7480.

    2. 3
      Marilyn Bauer on October 29, 2020

      This is so much fun. Keep it up!

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