MHS celebrates 90th annual homecoming
Cody Elrod, right, a senior member of the Marysville High School Marching Band, performs during the Homecoming parade Oct. 11. Buy This Photo
As students and organizations lined up for the Marysville High School homecoming parade, the atmosphere was electric.
Cheerleaders in their wool skirts and sweaters were a reminder of the tradition that comes with many high school football activities.
But this year, MHS is celebrating its 90th homecoming parade anniversary.
MHS Principal Matt Chrispin has spent quite a bit of time collecting pieces of the high school's history.
"The first homecoming football game at MHS was Nov. 24, 1922 against Larue," Chrispin said.
His research shows students were dismissed at 1 p.m. that day and local businesses were asked to shut down for the afternoon. The parade included present and former players with the honored guests being the players' parents. The parents also attended the game for free.
This year, more than a dozen organizations participated in the 1.5-mile parade.
"While it is a high school celebration, it is intended to be a community event," Chrispin said.
The parade wound through town and ended at the MHS stadium for a pep rally and bonfire.
"We brought back the tradition of the bonfire six years ago and it has been well received by the student body," Chrispin said.
Student council organizes the homecoming festivities. The MHS Marching Band led the parade, followed by all MHS fall sports teams as well as several clubs and organizations, the 2012 homecoming king and queen candidates and the Bunsold Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade teams, both of which finished the season undefeated.
More than 20 MJFA teams, one Little Miss Marysville princess and representatives of the Citizens for Schools levy campaign also took part in the parade.
Participants lined up at Veterans Memorial, 266 W. Sixth St., which was the third building to house the high school from 1931-1968.
Students attending high school at the time of the first homecoming game went to West High School on Seventh Street, which was active from 1915- 1931.
The first homecoming game, which ended in a 13-13 tie, included a starting lineup of players that weighed between 120 and 160 pounds.
Today, members of the starting lineup weigh 165 to 270 pounds.