For many members of Hoover High School's Class of 2010, the victory in the annual football game against Glendale High tops the list of senior-year memories.
"There was so much energy the entire week leading up to the game," said senior Jessica Ruvalcaba.
"Beating Glendale made the year even better."
Friends and family filled the high school's football stadium Friday to honor the achievements of the nearly 500 seniors.
Graduates donned purple and white caps and gowns and an assortment of colorful Hawaiian leis and honor cords as they marched into the stadium to the ceremonial sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance."
Before the ceremony, seniors gathered in front of the school to snap photos with teachers and classmates.
"It hasn't really hit me yet," Ruvalcaba said.
"I know that when it hits me, it's going to be really hard. After four years, we won't be coming back."
Friday's ceremony also served as a farewell to Principal Kevin Welsh, who will retire this year after 28 years at the school and 40 years of working in the Glendale Unified School District.