Homecoming--Where Did It Come From?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
By Deepshikha Bose


How exactly did it start? I mean, homecoming has been there for a while no doubt, but where does it come from?

The foundations of homecoming started with college football games. The University of Missouri, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Baylor University were three of the first schools to start celebrating a homecoming event for school alumni around a football game. Homecoming football in Missouri goes all the way back to 1891, when the Missouri Tigers first competed against the Kansas Jayhawks. Missouri, out of all the colleges, still is home to the largest student-run homecoming event in the United States. At the University of Illinois there were two seniors in the class of 1910 that started the tradition of homecoming in Illinois, and guess what? These two seniors were guys.

What are some of the traditions that have been carried through?  Well, here at Cedarcrest High School we still do tailgate functions before football games, dress-up days, and the infamous homecoming dance. Some other traditions that other high schools have include picnics, mums (corsages for the girls, and garters for the boys), rallies, and believe it or not, riots.

The whole point of homecoming was/is to get alumni to unite with the high school students and make a stronger sense of school pride. It all starts out with the football game (which is coming up--Go Red Wolves!) Then the extremely popular homecoming dance. It's always been a tradition in the United States to have a homecoming Queen and homecoming King, and we still hold that tradition to this day. This is a big event in many of the studentsí eyes, and they get excited. Guys rent or buy tuxes while girls get all dressed up. We're looking forward to a lot of fun this coming weekend.