Homecoming Season in Pasadena Kicks Off This Weekend

Homecoming Season in Pasadena Kicks Off This Weekend
Posted on 09/16/2014
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Rayburn High staff members -- and graduates -- Jenna Zayed (Class of 2011) and Donna Hanscom Alsdorf (Class of 1977) admire the new commemorative brick display in the school's horseshoe parking lot.
2682Pep rallies, parties, inductions, campus tours, commemorative bricks, beautiful queens, handsome kings and a bonfire. Those are just some of the ingredients going into the planning and preparation of homecoming observances at the five Pasadena ISD high schools over the next month.

Homecoming Season in Pasadena kicks off with two games – and two celebrations – this weekend. Memorial will mark a full decade of homecoming observances on Thursday and on Friday when the Mavericks play South Houston at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Rayburn, which opened in 1964, celebrates its 50th homecoming on Friday and again on Saturday when the Texans take on Pearland Dawson at 6 p.m. at Veterans.

Homecomings at the other three district schools are set for October, although planning on those campuses is well under way.

Dobie’s homecoming game is set for Oct. 3 against Pasadena. South Houston plays Dobie for homecoming on Oct. 11. And Pasadena, the district’s original flagship school, will wrap things up with its homecoming game on Oct. 17 against South Houston.

Homecoming sights and sounds begin on Thursday night with the annual Maverick March & Bonfire at Memorial.

A homecoming revival at Rayburn gets into full swing on Friday with an open house on campus. All alumni are welcome to attend an unveiling of the school’s commemorative brick project at 1 p.m. outside the main entrance. After the unveiling, alumni will be treated to refreshment – and a chance to mingle with other Rayburn grads – in the cafeteria.

Alumni are also invited to participate in the Texans’ homecoming pep rally at 2 p.m. in the school’s new competition gym.

For those Rayburn alums who cannot attend on Friday, a second brick ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. After the ceremony, alumni will meet at the stadium for pregame festivities and the football game.

At Dobie, various alumni groups are making plans to attend the Oct. 3 homecoming game. One group of graduates from the 1980s will gather after the game at the Fox and Hound restaurant on the Gulf Fwy. At Fuqua for a homecoming party.

South Houston, which launched the local homecoming revival five years ago, has another two-event planned. The school will host an alumni open house on Friday, Oct. 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. A reception will take place at 12:15 to honor seven new inductees into the school’s Hall of Honor. At 1:45, alums will join students in the school’s new competition gym for the homecoming pep rally.

The open house will feature free hot dogs and beverages, student performances and Trojan merchandise tables.

The Trojans’ Saturday homecoming game has been moved to 2 p.m. At 1:30, an induction ceremony will be held at midfield for the new Hall of Honor members.

Pasadena, with the final homecoming on the docket, is making preparations for another open house event and pep rally before the Eagles’ game against South Houston on Oct. 17.