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overedge
10-09-2010, 12:09 AM
I don't even know any high school in my area that has a homecoming, other than alumni reunion type of things (which are usually organized by the alumni themselves and not the school). Obviously civilization has advanced much further in Texas...

FigureSpins
10-09-2010, 12:18 AM
My NYC high school always had a Homecoming football game against their local rival. Since they were only a 20-minute train ride away from each other's schools, and most of the graduates went to commuter colleges, there wasn't a lot of "I miss my home" atmosphere. It was more an excuse to sneak in booze, curse at the other team and leer at the cheerleaders.

My college campus was a rooftop garden. If a football player went out for a forward pass, they would have landed in traffic six stories below. Guess that's why the "country campuses" held all the practices and games. Also why none of the NYC students went to games, lol.

SharonDudd
10-09-2010, 12:28 AM
In Chicagos Public Schools since many of them were built in the early part of the last century, they would rotate the football games between 3 or 4 stadiums at different areas of the city. So, there wasn't that feeling of it being a home game or away game. We had to take yellow school buses to and from and always during the rush hours so that made life even more boring so a lot of people didn't go! They finally did start playing at a park across the street from the high school and bought out land around the high school. Our classes were so huge (we were the heart of the boomers) and freshmen went to other campuses and so you had to reacclimate to the BIG HS as a lowly sophomore. My graduating class was about 1000 kids and we had to have graduation at McCormick Place so that the entire class could be together!

We did have a great marching band that went to the Orange and Rose Bowl Parades while I was in high school. Just one more clique for kids to not fit into. Most of the bigger high schools in Chicago had marching bands and Chicago loves to have big parades!

LilJen
10-09-2010, 12:36 AM
I, too, am wondering how these things came to be called "mums." Chrysanthemums? Mothers? Mummers like they have in parades, like someone else speculated? Someone please enlighten me.

Texas is like a foreign country to me. I've only ever been to DFW to change planes.

BigB08822
10-09-2010, 01:06 AM
I went to high school in Texas and yes, the Mums are huge and a big deal. However, I never saw any THAT big at my school. Those were a little over the top, even for what I remember!

sk8er1964
10-09-2010, 01:18 AM
I don't even know any high school in my area that has a homecoming, other than alumni reunion type of things (which are usually organized by the alumni themselves and not the school). Obviously civilization has advanced much further in Texas...

No homecoming? :( They are such fun, even without the mums. ;) DS's homecoming was last Saturday. They won - the first ever homecoming game win for the football team (the school's only been open four years).

rjblue
10-09-2010, 03:09 AM
Canadian perspective:

Texas Homecoming (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWfdhMv_2hM)= Traveller's Wedding (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HAUmII_hcg)

I think I'd rather wear the dress than hold those mum's. (The drummers are cool though)

barbk
10-09-2010, 10:40 PM
:respec:

I haven't looked at the link yet because I'm enjoying the visions conjured up by everyone's posts. I don't think my imagination rivals the reality. :eek:


Oh, Milanessa. That's what I thought too when they were described to me originally. And then I saw the video. And then my D confirmed with her boyfriend (who's from the Dallas area) that it was all true, and not just at that one school. (Though apparently at his all-boys high school, it is the moms who make the mums for the girlfriends, because the boys can't be entrusted with the complex glue gun stuff.) The word is that they don't have a homecoming dance (like we had) and instead everything goes into getting the biggest and baddest mum. :wideeyes: If I reincarnate, I hope it isn't as a Texan.