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150 Moments: First Homecoming

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In this edition of 150 Moments, leading up to North Central College’s 11.11.11 Sesquicentennial Celebration, the College’s first Homecoming is spotlighted.

The date November 20, 1920, marked North Central College’s (formerly North-Western College) first Homecoming celebration. The inaugural event featured two football games, a luncheon and concert.

The two football games included the College’s second-string team against St. Procopius and the main event featured the varsity team, which defeated Monmouth College, 21-7. The luncheon for alumni and a concert performance by renowned violinist Isador Berger rounded out the offerings.  

Following the success of the 1920 event, Homecoming became an annual event with the addition of many traditions over the years. By 1945, Homecoming events included a flag raising, sack race, tennis tournament, parade, football game, banquet and alumni gathering.

One time-honored tradition evolved: the Homecoming court. Originally, a queen and her four attendants were chosen by the students. Today, both a Homecoming king and queen are selected by students. The alumni parade and assembly continues each year, including the distribution of Homecoming pins, which feature a different design every year, since that first date.

This year’s 2011 Homecoming celebrates the College’s Sesquicentennial with a weeklong lineup of events during Homecoming Week Nov. 10-13 and a special once-in-a-lifetime “all class reunion” celebration  on 11/11/11. Click here to learn more about the reunion celebration and the day’s events.