August 25, 2017
AN ANNUAL TRADITION — Members of Broad Ripple High School’s marching band participates in the school’s annual Homecoming parade. This year, the parade will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 15.
IPS high school students are gearing up for one of the most exciting events of the school year: Homecoming! These often weeklong celebrations bring students, faculty and alumni together to celebrate their school’s history and traditions.
Each year, homecoming committees plan a number of activities to strengthen school spirit, and graduates return to see old friends and to reminisce about the days when they walked the halls of their school.
Homecoming celebrations traditionally begin with a Spirit Week and culminate with a football game, the crowning of a Homecoming King and Queen, and a dance or other organized social gathering.
“Homecoming is a longstanding tradition at Broad Ripple High School. This celebration gives the surrounding community, business leaders, students and alumni a chance to celebrate each other,” says Lou DeBruicker, the school’s parent involvement educator and director of Community, Alumni & Student Affairs. “We encourage the community to join us in our celebration as we want this one to be one for the memory book!”
While homecoming celebrations are packed with excitement and variety, it really is all about the football games — and who will claim victory.
*Note: Schools are listed by date of their Homecoming football game. (At press time, some schools were still developing events for their weeklong celebrations).
CRISPUS ATTUCKS MEDIAL MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
Crispus Attucks Tigers vs. the Indianapolis Crimson Knights at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7.
Cripsus Attucks won’t let not having a home field stop them from participating in Homecoming festivities.
In addition to the Tigers taking on the Crimson Knights (a homeschool team), the school will crown its Homecoming King and Queen. Festivities will take place on the football field at Arsenal Technical High School.
According to Athletic Director Josh Varno, “Homecoming is a time for us to celebrate the school’s unique history and to embrace our alumni as they return for campus visits.”
ARSENAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
Arsenal Tech Titans vs. Logansport Berries at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.
“Homecoming is a fantastic way to meld old and new,” says Athletic Director Tom Starnes. “Having our alumni in the stadium and on campus provides us with an opportunity to show-case new ideas and show our current students how much support they have from people who were once in their shoes.”
The game will be played on the Arsenal Tech football field.
BROAD RIPPLE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES
Broad Ripple Rockets vs. Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.
“Homecoming is the perfect way to link grads from the past to the present. It gives students the opportunity to see the lineage that they come from,” says Donald Newberry, Broad Ripple’s athletic director.
Central to the school’s celebration is the Broad Ripple Homecoming parade, which begins at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 and travels through the heart of Broad Ripple Village. The crowning of the Queen and King and Prince and Princess will take place during halftime of the football game at Broad Ripple.
NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
Northwest Space Pioneers vs. George Washington Continentals at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.
“Our students have real Pioneer pride!,” says Athletic Director Moshfilay Anderson. “Our homecoming is an opportunity for our alumni to come and support our school and our students.”
Anderson joined the IPS district in 1998. She has been the athletic director at Northwest since 2013, and is one two Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) female athletic directors in the district.
The game will be played on the football field at Northwest Community High School.
ARLINGTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
Arlington Golden Knights vs. Northwest Space Pioneers at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
Homecoming at Arlington Community High School is a time for the Golden Knights to connect with their community, alumni and student body. Festivities include a Spirit week of daily activities, culminating with an afternoon pep rally on game day.
“Our fans come out and support with every ounce of energy they have. We view homecoming as a day where family, friends, fans and community can reminisce on the past while also congratulating the future,” says Athletic Director and Arlington alum Marcus Britt. “As the active athletic director and an alumnus, I enjoy being in an environment where coaches develop the character, personalities and habits of players.”
Radio One will broadcast live from the game. At halftime, the Golden Knights will crown their King and Queen.
SHORTRIDGE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE HIGH SCHOOL
Shortridge Blue Devils vs. Elkhart Chargers at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
“A Blue Devil homecoming is about promoting good sportsmanship and comradery,” says Lisa Patrick, the school’s main office associate. “We have a week of activities promoting team spirit, and our scholars take advantage of all of the activities leading up to the big game.
Following the game, which will be held on the football field at Shortridge, will be the annual homecoming dance. Kathy Landon manages Shortridge’s Athletic programs and is one of two IHSAA female Athletic Directors in the district.
GEORGE WASHINGTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
George Washington Continentals vs. South Side Home School at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.
“A George Washington High School homecoming means celebration and recognition of our past and future student athletes. The entire school embraces school spirit week with daily, themed attire and special days leading up to our Friday night football game,” says Athletic Director Kenneth Roseman.
Before the game, Washington celebrates with a huge tailgate/cookout. Families and alumni share stories and fellowship together as they cheer on the George Washington Continentals.
During halftime, the Continentals will announce their Homecoming Court and crown their King and Queen, after which the King and Queen will take the traditional lap around the football field in a convertible.
The game and king and queen festivities will take place on the football field at George Washington.