Today is Staples High School’s Homecoming. There’s an afternoon pep rally; all fall teams will be introduced. There’s a football game at night. The stands will be full. Captains of all sports are announced at halftime.
That’s it. No dance. No Homecoming king or queen. No
It’s been that way for a couple of decades. Dances are out of favor. King and queen are not cool. Floats got the kibosh years ago, because the heavy trucks that pulled them damaged the track.
Several years ago, when lights were added to the football field, the Saturday afternoon event moved to Friday night.
So here’s a look back, 50 years ago. In 1969, Leslie Wilker was Homecoming Queen…
… and here’s a typical float. Each class built one (somehow, the seniors always won).
Floats did not always have a G-rated theme. In 1984 — when the drinking age in Connecticut was 18 — the senior class celebrated Homecoming with a bottle, and this slogan:
That decade-plus of 18-year-old drinking made Staples a different place. In 1982, administrators gave a special gift to all seniors, at the prom: a beer mug.
And in 1975, the yearbook included this photo, of the “Trojan Club”:
It’s a different time today, for sure.
See you at Homecoming tonight!