The Untraceable Tradition

Reported by: Jaquelle Quenan


Homecoming is a time to dress up and spend the night dancing. Events like football games and pep rallies get everyone in the spirit prior to the dance. For some, this is the most exciting part of the start of the school year. But does anyone really know how this originated? How did homecoming begin and did it come with traditions? Has homecoming changed with time?  The “coming home” game, now homecoming game, originated when University of Missouri and Coach Brewer held it. Alumni were invited back to watch a game, hence the title “coming-home”. Brewer planned a celebration, which included parades, parties, a pep rally, and a football game against their long-time rival, the University of Kansas. The turnout was crazy, more than 10,000 alumni and fans attended the event. Prior to this, other schools held football games, dances, pep rallies, and parades. But no one had ever put all five occurrences together.   From this point on, this became an annual event among the University of Missouri. With time this caught on and made Mizzou’s homecoming an example to all homecomings across the nation. As the popularity of this idea grew, more and more schools participated. Eventually, it spread to high school. The only difference in tradition is high schools do not typically incorporate a parade, only a pep-rally. But for the most part, homecoming has not really changed. People cheer on and support a football game against a rival, participate in the pep rally, and then end with a dance.  Learning this may give a new perspective to homecoming. The events of homecoming are held in good fun and to celebrate the pride a school should have. Junior Natalie Powers believe homecoming originated from “an ice cream social, or it was a way for people at school to hang out and do something together.” Senior Ali Rhanime was much closer to the truth he said, “Isn’t it

Senior Jason Robinson

Senior Jason Robinson

about alumni` coming back and celebrating their old school.”



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