2019 Homecoming

The History Behind the Hysteria

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2019 Homecoming

Senior Class of 2020 Powderpuff

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Southern Door Parent

Senior Class of 2020 Powderpuff

Southern Door Parent

Southern Door Parent

Senior Class of 2020 Powderpuff

Amanda Austin, Reporter

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Homecoming: a time that strikes joy into the hearts of students, and dreads into that of their teachers — a time full of celebration, excitement, games, and toilet papering. Every High Schooler has experienced this chaotic time of year, but do you know what it is? Where did it come from? What is all the fuss about? 

The festivities began in an unknown college who, in the first football game of the season, invited all of their alumni back to play and relive ‘the glory days’ (hence the term “Homecoming”). It is widely agreed that this happened somewhere around 1900, although who began the tradition is uncertain. Many others began to catch on, and High Schools, of course, wanted in on the action and began to host their mock Homecomings. This soon became all the rage, and flew across the nation like a sickness, until virtually every school created their own. What was once a small, contained day of fun became a nation-wide, weeklong communal crazy. 

Many schools have their unique traditions besides the usual streamers, toilet paper, and spirit-filled screaming. Indiana’s Ball State University, for instance, has a Homecoming bed race, which involves pushing a bed on wheels the length of a football field. At Arizona State, students carry lanterns to the peak of a mountain, and the University of Florida holds the most massive student-coordinated pep rally on Earth, with tens of thousands of spectators, called the Gator Growl. 

Southern Door, of course, has its yearly rituals. The dance, pep assembly, bonfire, varsity football game, class wall decoration, and much more are all part of the excitement and joy of the century-old tradition known as Homecoming.