CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY: East LA alum celebrates 100th birthday at former high school

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Friday, November 15, 2019
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Reaching your centennial birthday is a milestone. For Laura Encinas, who will turn 100 years old on December 5, 2019, she celebrated the special occasion at her former high school, Garfield High in East Los Angeles.

EAST LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Reaching your centennial birthday is a milestone. For Laura Encinas, who will turn 100 years old on December 5, 2019, she celebrated the special occasion at her former high school, Garfield High School.

About a month before the big day, the school community at Garfield High in East Los Angeles prepared a unique day for Encinas with a full agenda.

Encinas arrived at the entrance of the school with her family where she was greeted by school officials and JROTC students with a red-carpet welcome.

She then hopped on a school golf cart for a campus tour.

Along the way, Encinas made a stop at the school's quad where students and the school band surprised her with a birthday serenade.

Part of the Encina's 100th birthday itinerary included a walk down the hallways where she visited classrooms.

"What was your greatest memory here at Garfield," a student asked Encinas.

"Flirting," Encinas responded as the class laughed with her.

Following the classroom visits, Encinas ended her day at the school auditorium with a special serenade by the student mariachi group, a special presentation and a Q&A with the students.

Encinas shared the most memorable moment of her life and her secret to longevity.