Every high school has its homecoming traditions.
Many of those traditions denote a coming home of sorts, an opportunity for alumni to visit their old stomping grounds and see old friends, teachers and the underclassmen they left behind.
In Sanpete County, a lot of people will be headed back to their stomping grounds to take part in homecoming activities, as all three high schools celebrate homecoming next week, Sept. 12-17. It will be a week filled with pep rallies, parades, football games, dress-up days and lots of hometown spirit. Among the festivities, homecoming royalties will be crowned and homecoming dances staged.
It’s all about pirates as Gunnison High School pre- pares to celebrate with the theme “Yo Ho, Ho Co, A Bulldog’s Life for Me.”
Activities will center on a pirate theme.
On Monday, students will pick up a treasure when they arrive at school. They will also participate in window painting on Main Street along with the decorating of doors at the school.
On Tuesday, students are encouraged to come to school in their best Caribbean attire. That evening the Bulldogs will hit the waters of the Gunnison Pool for a party with a wibit (a complex of inflated objects) and a movie.
On Wednesday, students will wear their best silver bling. One of the favorite events, Powder Puff Football, where the girls take to the football field, will take place that evening at 6.
Following the Powder Puff game, there will be a night-time pep rally and royalty competition. The night will end with a fireworks.
On Thursday, while wearing their Bulldog game-day shirts, students will participate in class competitions, and the boys will take to the volleyball court in the Manly Man Volleyball match. At 4 p.m. that day, Gunnison Val- ley will take on North Sevier in girls volleyball.
On Friday, students will dress up in pirate attire for a day packed with activities. The pep assembly will take place at 11 a.m. followed by lunch served on the football field. At 3 p.m., students, clubs and athletes will take to Gunnison Main Street for the homecoming parade. The route will be from 200 North to 200 South.
Everyone is encouraged to wear blue and white, and come out and cheer on the Gunnison Bulldog football team as it takes on the North Sevier Wolves at 7 p.m.
The week will wrap up on Saturday night with a semi-formal dance in the wrestling gym from 9-11 p.m.
The Hawks will enter the “Danger Zone,” as they have based their week on the sum- mer blockbuster, “Top Gun.”
On Monday, students are encouraged to dress like someone else for the theme, “Mirror Monday.” The students will only be in school half a day, which will give them a chance to paint many business windows on Main and State streets.
“Top Gun” Tuesday will begin the next morning with a breakfast, “Toast the Templars.” The soccer, tennis and golf teams will all take on Manti that afternoon.
On Western Wednesday, the boys will compete in Powerstuff volleyball at 6 p.m. Following the game students will be able to see the movie “Top Gun” at the Basin Drive- In.
On Thursday, students will dress up like soccer moms and barbeque dads. The Lady Hawks will take on Juab in volleyball at 6:30 p.m.
On Friday, the Hawks will go “Full Out.” They will start the morning with the Hawk Strong service project. Students, clubs, and athletes will get the North Sanpete grounds looking great for the big game.
The homecoming parade will travel south on State Street beginning at 200 North and turn east on 700 South to the high school. A tailgate party will be held in the parking lot from 5-7 p.m. for the Hawk community.
The Hawks will take on Canyon View on the football field at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the Spiriteers drill team will sponsor the homecoming dance “Airplane in the Night Sky” from 8-11 p.m.
The Templars have a full slate of activities to keep school spirit alive all week.
On Monday, dubbed “Musical Monday,” a musical chair competition will happen during lunch in the commons area. During the day, students, clubs and teams will paint business windows along Main Street. A movie will be shown on the football field at 8 p.m.
On “Throwback Tuesday,” students will dress up to reflect past decades. There will be a spikeball tournament during lunch. In the evening, the boys will take to the volleyball court for Volleybuff.
Are you more country or country club? Students will find out on Wednesday as they choose which environment to dress up as for. At lunchtime, there will be dodge ball in the old gym. The popular Powder Puff game will take place that night at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, while dressed as movie star Adam Sandler, students will have a corn hole tournament at lunch. The girls volleyball team will take on the Carbon Dinos that afternoon. After the game, the lighting of the “M” will take place.
Friday is the day for students to show their Templar pride during Spirit Day. The traditional parade down Main Street will happen at 4 p.m. with plenty of club, sport and student participation.
A tailgate party, barbeque, game and chalk throw will be held that evening from 5:30- 6:30 next to the concession stand.
The football team will take on Carbon at 7 p.m. Plenty of “Fans of the Games” prizes will be given out throughout the night.
Winding down the week will be a masquerade ball from 8-11 p.m. in the cafeteria. There will be prizes for the best eye mask.