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Sis Boom Bah! The Life and Times of Los Gatos High School

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About Sis Boom Bah!

This three-dimensional yearbook-style exhibition explores what it has meant to be a LGHS Wildcat over the course of the school's 100 years+ history.  Visitors to the exhibition will experience highlights of Wildcat dominance in sports, the arts, student activities, and the social events that created lasting friendships and a distinct campus community.  Visitors will also learn about the evolution of high school events and traditions over the last century, and check in on notable alumni who left their mark locally and on the world stage. In addition the exhibition will explore the history of the teenager, a word that came into the American lexicon in the early 20th century.

Visitors don’t have to be a graduate or current student at Los Gatos High School to appreciate the exhibition because it is as much a history of the school as it is a history of the Town, its residents and the common experience of being a teenager, responding to local and global trends, politics, lifestyles and culture.

Since opening its doors in its current location in 1908, Los Gatos High School (LGHS) has remained one of the town’s most iconic institutions. The historic trajectory of LGHS has run parallel to some of the most significant social and cultural events in this, and the last two, centuries.  

From its small town roots and the settling of the American West in 1887, to the optimism of the second industrial revolution at the turn of the 20th century; the rejection of social norms in the Roaring Twenties to tenacious patriotism in supporting the war effort against fascism during World War II, LGHS has played a major role in the community. In the 1950s, the Wildcat legacy continued in the era of seemingly unlimited prosperity that birthed Rock ’n’ Roll. LGHS survived the social upheavals of the tumultuous 1960s, catching its breath in time for the peaceful, easy feeling of the following decade while in the 1980s, students in the MTV generation shifted from a “peace and love” mentality to a “me first” mindset in an era of opulent excess. By the closing of the 20th century, and into this new millennium, multiple generations of Los Gatos teenagers left indelible footprints up and down the hallways of the Los Gatos High School and the town itself.

Concept development: Amy Long

Yearbook Catalog

NUMU is releasing a limited edition Sis Boom Bah! yearbook catalog in January 2019


Get involved!

Want to share your Wildcat memories, sponsor an exhibit, throw a party in the museum, advertise in the yearbook catalog?
Get in touch and let us know!

Share Your Stories - Oral Histories and Research
Give Us Your LGHS Stuff - Loan Artifacts and ephemera to the Exhibit
Contact: Cristiano Colantoni, Curatorial Support

Sponsor the Exhibition - Take a Financial Lead in Exhibition Funding
Contact: Lisa Coscino, Executive Director

Plan Your Soiree Here - Host reunions or fundraisers
Contact: Maureen Cappon-Javey, Deputy Director

Advertise in Yearbook Catalog
Contact: Austin Trillo, Marketing

Support NUMU - Become a member
Contact: Kimberly Snyder, Membership + Operations

Sis Boom Bah: The Life and Times of Los Gatos High School is generously supported by:
The History Club of Los Gatos and The Los Gatos Community Foundation
With additional support provided by The Rotary Club of Los Gatos