More than a thousand spectators filled the stands of Memorial Field Thursday night to cheer not for a game, but for John Burroughs High School students clearing the final hurdle.
As the 602 red-gowned members of the class of 2013 talked excitedly among themselves off-field, family and friends filed in with video cameras and flowers to see the graduation.
Minutes before the graduates were to march on to the field, Garrett Auproux, 18, waited on crutches for his classmates to pass by.
Auproux, who broke his lower leg in a tennis tournament in March, said he was most looking forward to graduation as a springboard to the next stage of life.
“What’s exciting is just going on to a new adventure,” he said.
Auproux, the two-time defending Pacific League singles champion, said he will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a tennis scholarship in the fall.