Alumni Gather for a Memorable Farewell at The Old Spaghetti Factory

Cleveland Eagles, Franklin Quakers, Garfield Bulldogs, Queen Anne Grizzlies, and Rainier Beach Vikings came together for a heartfelt final gathering at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, celebrating years of memories and community bonds.

By Nicole R. Washington ‘80

In an emotional farewell, the alumni community of Seattle high schools—including the Cleveland Eagles, Franklin Quakers, Garfield Bulldogs, Queen Anne Grizzlies, and Rainier Beach Vikings—gathered for one last celebration at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila. After 15 years of service, the beloved restaurant closed its doors on April 28th, marking an end of an era for our community.

Helen Woo Nicdao, CHS ’79, impeccably organized the event, which made this memorable “Get-Together” possible. Your tireless dedication brought us together for one last hurrah—thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Our final meal was nothing short of delicious, with pasta entrees and spumoni that reminded us of so many fond gatherings. It was a night filled with nostalgia, laughter, and the rekindling of old friendships. Indeed, it was a vivid reminder that friends often turn into family.

Highlighting the evening, Tracy Brown, CHS ’79, delivered an inspiring speech about the integral role our community plays in her life, referring to it as her “Foundational Rock.” Her words resonated deeply, reminding us of the strong bonds and shared experiences that define our community. Dave Mampel, CHS ’79, echoed these sentiments, noting how the speech touched everyone’s hearts and deepened our gratitude for this unique bond.

We were also honored to have Wayne Lau and Teresa “Teri” (Sakauye) Lau, alumni from the classes of 1968, join us. Their presence added a special touch to the evening, bridging generations of alumni who share a common legacy.

Looking ahead, we are excited about future gatherings and will continue to share updates via our alumni and community Facebook pages. These events not only celebrate our shared history but also reinforce the strength and support we derive from each other.

Please enjoy the photos from our fun evening, courtesy of Dawn Lucrisia-Johnson, CHS ’79; Francene Oki McCormick, CHS ’79, and Meredith Murray Blache, CHS ’81. Each snapshot captures the joy and camaraderie of the night, preserving memories that will last a lifetime.

As we continue to build on these connections, we are reminded of how much stronger we are together. Here’s to more unforgettable memories and the enduring spirit of our alumni community!

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