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October 15, 2010 / dcwisdom

Texas Football Homecoming: A Long-Standing Tradition

Whoever thought up homecoming

My Google research revealed that in the 1870’s Harvard and Yale invited fans and alumni to return each year for “The Game,” but Baylor, Illinois, and Missouri each claim to be the forerunner of “coming home” celebrations, circa 1910.   The colleges and universities had week-long festivities which included the same traditions we keep now:  bonfires, parades, pep rallies, dances, their versions of tailgating, and the main event, the big football game.  It wasn’t until the 1930’s that homecoming became a common  traditional school and town event.

Today, the pep rally heralding this year’s homecoming game marched through the downtown streets.   We could hear the bass drums and cymbals long before we heard the trumpets, flutes, clarinets, trombones, and the yells and chants of the peppy, soprano cheerleaders.

These two little girls were so cute jumping up and down and screaming along with the crowd.   And then they got shy for the camera.

Two of four-couple homecoming court nominees looked so handsome and pretty and happy (can’t you tell?).  And the little guy had his eyes on my junior yellers in the purple shirts.

You can’t discern from this picture what a good band this is, but each year they win several trophies and recognitions for outstanding performances and their hard work.  We are proud of our band!

Within 40 minutes, the streets returned to normal.  But, tomorrow night will be another story. 

Go, Team, Go!

Peace and love.



  1. Tara / Oct 15 2010 5:45 PM

    Is this Atlanta?

  2. Diana Ferguson / Oct 15 2010 6:31 AM

    Pep rally, parade, and game today here in our town!!!

  3. Patty / Oct 15 2010 2:58 AM

    This is Purdue University’s Homecoming Weekend also. Purdue is just across the Wabash River from Lafayette sitting in West Lafayette, IN… Go Boiler’s!!! Hope you have a good time down in TEXAS as much as we have here in West Lafayette, IN..with our tailgate parties and all.

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