Go Dogies!

NLJ Staff

Homecoming is a time when alumni and current students come together to celebrate their high school or college, a celebrated time to reconnect with people, places and traditions. More than just a football game, the modern homecoming has become a week of activities supporting current students and athletes in nearly every aspect of school life. 

Newcastle High School has developed their own traditions to celebrate the event that was first introduced by the University of Missouri, according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The story goes that in 1911, Mizzou’s Athletic Director Chester Brewer invited alumni to “come home” for the annual game against the University of Kansas. 

As the popularity of football grew on campuses across the country, several schools began adopting the tradition of homecoming as a large-scale celebration to bolster school spirt and connect current students with alumni. 

Over time, the homecoming tradition has changed and evolved with every school putting their own twist on the event. 

Local homecoming activities have come to include tail gate parties, powder puff football games, dress up days during school, mock olympics, parades, sporting events and lots of competition between the different classes at the schools. 

Throughout the years, one thing has remained the same, the culmination of the week’s excitement comes out during “Friday night lights” when fans young and old gather in the bleachers, representing their favorite team in a battle of strength and speed on the grid iron. 

We hope to see all of you, sporting your black and orange on Friday as the Dogies take on Rocky Mountain High, home of the Grizz. The lady Dogies will also leave it all on the court, or in the pool, when the Newcastle High School volleyball team battles it out against the Sundance Bulldogs and the swimmers face several opponents on Thursday. 

Newcastle High School swimmers will be at it again Saturday morning for the Newcastle Invitational. Go Dogies!


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