Past students were eager to return to Parramatta High School.
The group of about 50 people queued to attend the school’s centenary open day roughly two hours before it began on Sunday, and were joined by hundreds more to view displays of memorabilia and swap anecdotes.
Deputy principal Paul Taylor sifted through stories and archive materials to put together a 100-year school history ahead of the open day.
He said some attendees had graduated from the school in 1936.
‘‘It was a wonderful buzz,’’ he said.
‘‘For some it was quite a nostalgic journey.
‘‘One person donated a prefects blazer from 1956 and a prefects badge.
‘‘They brought lots of different hats. One of our girls was a state swimming champion in 1962 and still had the swimming costume she wore to the event.’’
Some Super 8 film footage of students performing house cheers and war cries at the school swimming carnival at Granville Pool in 1968 also surfaced.
About 500 people attended a centenary celebration dinner at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday night.