Homecoming is an annual event that many students and staff look forward to at East High School. The event often includes alumni who have been invited back to cheer on their alma mater in a big football game and to show their school spirit. Homecoming originated in 1911 in a game between Kansas and Missouri which was claimed to be the first college football homecoming game. It is typically held in the fall because that is when football season starts.
The week leading up to the big homecoming football game, students prepare by organizing a pep rally in the gym during the school day. The pep rally typically includes all of the athletes showing their school spirit on the gym floor with a team dance, chant or cheer. Many times teachers will participate in fun games with students. Often, students sit with their class to show unity and compete with one another to show who has the best class spirit. Usually it involves who can yell the loudest and make the most noise.
Another event that is held leading up to the homecoming game is a parade. The parade includes custom made floats that the students prepared to show their school spirit and the class they are in. Many times the school band leads the parade down the street with an upbeat song. Also the school band participates in the event to show their school spirit. Not only are those events held but they also have school spirit and spirit week.
School spirit this year is done mainly during family group. Students are going to decorate their family group doors with designs for the sports teams. Spirit week is when students participate in dressing up depending on the day. For example, Tuesday is Twin day, Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday, Thursday it is Throwback Thursday, and on Friday it is East day. Homecoming is not only a tradition at East High School but it is all over the country.