A look back at Homecoming through the years

Category:  News
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 10:12 PM
A look back at Homecoming through the years by Karlee Dies

As we embark on homecoming, many like to sit back and reminisce about the old days.

To commemorate homecoming, let’s take a walk down memory lane and visit the celebration through the years.

In October of 1935, Edinboro State Teachers College was ready to begin their festivities. “Parents Day” was a signature event that year. Parents could attend classes that they were interested in as well as lunch and the football game. The football team, the Red Raiders, played Mansfield and lost 20-0.

After the football game, a play called “A Cup of Tea,” was shown for all families. Also, Beta Xi Fraternity sponsored the homecoming dance in the Haven Hall dining room where students could enjoy the musical talents of Melody Weavers, from Meadville.

Continuing our march down memory lane, we take a pit stop to look at homecoming in 1955. The theme was “Edinboro Says it With Art.” Dawn Ewing, a member of The Spectator staff and a student teacher at the time, was named Homecoming Queen.

An alumni coffee hour and dinner hour were held just before the big football game. The parade that year circled the field just before kickoff.

The Red Raiders football team played Mansfield State Teachers college again; this time coming out with a win of 12-6. The “E” Club Ball was held in Crawford Gym with dancing to the music of Don Prescott and his Orchestra.

Ten years later, in 1965, the university experienced some new changes and additions. They were no longer the Red Raiders. They were the Edinboro Highlanders. Additionally, the homecoming festivities contained four points of interest that year: Dedications, parade, the game in the new stadium and the homecoming ball.

The dedications were for the new additions to the campus: Dearborn, Earp and Cooper Hall. After dedication of the new Sox Harrison Stadium and Athletic Field, Edinboro played Slippery Rock University for the big game and lost.

The parade theme was “Edinboro Salutes the Classics,” of which Sigma Tau Gamma won first place with their float, titled “Don Quixote.” Festivities also included nightspots, such as the Jukebox and Culbertson Country Club.

In 1975, the homecoming queen was Sue Fair and she graced the entire front page of The Spectator that year. The football team played Clarion. The band Kansas was the major event that night and for a mere $2, you could dance the night away with your friends. That wasn’t the only place to dance. The homecoming dance was semiformal and cost students $1.50 per couple to get down and boogey.

In terms of homecoming coverage, 1985 was a big year. An 11-page feature insert was added to the paper that week that had tons of pictures and coverage of the festivities.

Over 1,300 students voted for their King and Queen, out of 20 possible candidates. Brian Duffy, a speech communication major, was named king and Sally Tobin, a business administration major, was named queen.

The cheerleaders got everyone pumped for the big weekend with a bonfire and pep rally held at Mallory Lake that Thursday night. The parade theme was “T.V. Sixties Style.”

The homecoming concert featured “UB40”, a reggae band from Great Britain, with the “Untouchables” which cost students a $7 entry fee.

A few years later, in 1992, the parade theme honored Dr. Seuss. The king and queen were Debbie Carlson and Doug McCullough. The Scots played Clarion. John’s was booming and if you were hungry, you could get yourself a piece of pizza for a mere 75 cents.

Karlee Dies is the News Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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