PHS, SRHS renew rivalry with Pride Bowl festivities

PHS, SRHS renew rivalry with Pride Bowl festivities
PHS, SRHS renew rivalry

With the annual rivalry varsity football game between Pasadena High School and Sam Rayburn High School scheduled for this Saturday, both campuses are holding their “Burn Sam” and “Burn Baldy”  bonfire and pep rallies on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The game between Rayburn and PHS became the biggest rivalry in Pasadena ISD in 1964 when Sam Rayburn High School was established. Former PHS principal Lonnie Keller and former Rayburn principal Carter Lomax began the traditions of the Pride Bowl and corresponding pep rallies that grew year by year.

Inspired by the rivalry between the University of Texas and Texas A&M, both former principals began the ritual of a bonfire and the burning of the opposing team’s mascot in the following years as the rivalry grew.

Bob Fawcett, current Veterans Memorial Stadium announcer and former long-time administrator at PHS said, “The history of Pasadena ISD schools and Pasadena High and Sam Rayburn are all wrapped up this game. It’s not just a football game, it’s a historical rivalry.”

As the years have passed, the tradition has grown and will continue this year as both campuses prepare to host festive pep rallies complete with music, food, activities, and of course, a bonfire and burning of the opposing mascot.

For Pasadena High school, the festivities will began at 4:30 and will include a pep rally, food, and a performance by the multi grammy nominee Jaime y Los Chamacos, followed by the bonfire at 7 p.m.

At Sam Rayburn, the celebration begins at 5 p.m. and will be a pep rally, food, booths and a live DJ, followed by the bonfire at 7 p.m.