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Putting the History and Meaning into Homecoming

By: Savanna Ott, Editor in Chief

Homecoming.  For some people, that word inspires thoughts of who will reign as King and Queen, the winners of the football game, or the dance.  Others might think of fun times, friends, and romance.  For still others, people worry about not getting asked, being alone, and dying a single person with cats.  But regardless of the emotions prompted by the word, Homecoming is a high school tradition that has been in place for more than a century.

Originating in 1911, the University of Missouri was the first place to host a Homecoming game with all of its celebrations.  The game was meant as a peace offering between themselves and the Kansas Jayhawks.  Before, the games played between the two had always been on neutral sites.  The game that would later be known as the first Homecoming game ever would be the first time that a game would be played on one of the college campuses.  10,000 alumni attended, and there was a pep rally, parade, and bonfire.  The popularity of this Homecoming game spread to universities across the country, and even eventually came to high schools, who incorporated the Homecoming dance into the event as well.  (All information regarding the history of homecoming was found at the website at the bottom of the page.)

While Homecoming might cause mixed feelings to arise, it should be a place and time that high schoolers embrace.  Though students normally don’t believe it until they actually experience it, the four years of high school speed by.  You blink, and it’s your senior year and you’re already thinking about colleges and leaving home.  Homecoming is a time to forget your troubles, if only for one night.  Dress up, go out to dinner with your friends, and, though it sounds incredibly cliche, dance the night away.  You won’t regret having these memories of fun times spent with friends.  

For more information regarding the history of homecoming, visit:

http://www.fastweb.com/student-life/articles/the-history-of-homecoming

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