A Little History of Homecoming

A Little History of Homecoming

Nearly every high school in the U.S. hosts a homecoming week every year. This tradition is actually more than 100 years old, so teen girls and alumna have searched for the perfect homecoming dresses for over a century. Homecoming is typically held in September or October, and Humboldt County homecoming celebrations are no exception. McKinleyville High School kicks off its 2012 homecoming on October 1, and Arcata High and Eureka High typically hold their homecoming events during the second and third weeks of October. The first homecoming in the U.S. was at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1908, but the most famous early event was in 1911 at the University of Missouri. It was intended to rev up excitement for the newly relocated Kansas vs. Missouri football game. Alumni from both sides were invited to “come home” to attend the game between these two intense rivals, and that event is thought to be what made homecoming events so popular throughout the nation. Of course, a tradition that is seen most often at the high school level is “Spirit Week” — in the days leading up to the homecoming game or event, many schools have special dress-up days that prompt students to show their school spirit by dressing to certain themes. A few popular dress-up themes are cowboy day, ‘80s day, school colors day and cross-dress day. It’s unclear how long Spirit Week has been a tradition, but rallies and parades to get student and alumni support for a school and its team have long been associated with homecoming. Many homecoming dances are considered to essentially be proms in the fall, with many of the dances geared toward formal attire. Colors associated with autumn are popular for homecoming dresses, but you don’t need to let that limit you if you prefer something else. To find the perfect homecoming dress, start with Promises Bridal and Formal Wear in Eureka, CA.
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