Homecoming rallies the Truckee community
Homecoming week is more than just dress-up days, free barbecue and girls playing flag football.
It’s an event that bonds the community, say the students in Tahoe Truckee High School’s leadership class.
“The school wouldn’t exist without the community,” said Brian McMullen, associated student body (ASB) secretary. “We draw all of our support from the community.”
This week high school students have participated in a multitude of activities on campus. There was a door-decorating contest. Some students participated in dress-up days with different themes like Western day, pirate day and pajama day. There was also a rally Wednesday night.
A big attraction was Wednesday’s juniors vs. seniors powder puff game, and the seniors won by just a hair. Students came out to cheer on their classmates, talk trash and eat free cheeseburgers.
It’s all a way to get students hyped for the big game and homecoming dance on Saturday. For 15 Truckee High students in ASB, getting their entire school and the community excited takes a lot of work.
“To get everyone spirited and involved is a challenge,” said Ana Esquivel, associated student body president. “So far it has been good. People are already kind of excited just because its homecoming.”
Leadership students have been preparing for this week since the second week of school.
“It has been really hectic, but it’s good in the long run,” said Gabe Cooper, the treasurer and vice president for the sophomore class. “It’s stressful, to tell the truth, but it’s worth it.”
This weekend the community will become a part of the homecoming festivities, starting with a parade on Saturday at 9 a.m. This parade will move along Donner Pass Road between the rec. center (on Church Street) and the high school.
The two homecoming games will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In between games, Truckee High’s first football coach, 78-year-old Jim Brehler, will say a few words to introduce the varsity game. During the halftime show, Brehler and three of Truckee High’s first football players will appear on a float celebrating 50 years of football at the school.
Fifty years ago, Truckee’s first football team played six games and practiced in a cow pasture behind the school, according to a 1953 yearbook.
Events like these make homecoming more than just a football game, Esquivel said.
“It gets the students and the community connected in a way that doesn’t happen too often.”
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