J.I. Case High School is doing things up big this week for its 50th anniversary homecoming celebration. Scheduled events include fireworks, an alumni tailgate, a post-game bonfire and alumni open house.

The school at 7345 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, is marking 50 years with special, limited edition apparel and its first-ever bobble head of mascot Casey the Eagle. The bobble head, priced at $20, is available weekdays at the Case main office (located off Oakes Road.) The apparel items are available through online retailer Eastbay. Visit www.eastbayteamsales.com Use code OFMWRC50.

The Case Eagles vs. Park High Panthers homecoming football game is Friday evening at Hammes Field. An alumni tailgate gathering, catered by Mario’s Italian Sports Bar, starts at 5 p.m. at the school’s Theater entrance. Tickets are $5 (including game admission) and may be purchased at the main office.

The first 10 Distinguished Case High Alumni will be inducted during halftime at Friday’s game. Come to the game to see who is being honored.

A huge fireworks show from Five-Star Fireworks will take place immediately following the game. The fireworks will be presented from the back fields over Hammes Field. A bonfire (open only to Case students – IDs will be checked) will start after the fireworks on the gravel near the school’s softball fields.

Alumni and community members are invited to tour Case High School from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. The tours will be led by students and staff. Casey the Eagle bobble heads will be available for purchase.

The annual student Homecoming Dance is Saturday evening in the fieldhouse.

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