The Brookings-Harbor and Gold Beach high schools are celebrating homecoming this week with a variety of student activities, including parades, themes, dress-up days, and the selection of homecoming kings and queens.
Central Curry School District 1 Superintendent Tim Wilson said homecoming is a part of his high school’s culture and a true community connector. “It is a small-town tradition,” said Wilson.
“It brings the community together. It really helps connect our community and it attracts alumni, giving them a chance to go back and relive their high school days.”
Wilson said a key homecoming highlight in Gold Beach will see the students gathering in front of the school Wednesday afternoon to dangle donuts from a long pole and attempt to eat them without using their hands.
The students also will hold a small parade the next day, from Riley Middle School to the high school.
Meanwhile, Brookings-Harbor students will hold a powderpuff football game Wednesday at 7 p.m. Donations at the game will go to Katelyn's Cause, a local nonprofit that brings gifts to children receiving cancer treatment at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.
Former Brookings Police Chief Chis Wallace and his wife, Molly, founded Katelyn’s Cause after losing their 17-year-old daughter Katelyn in 2008 to synovial sarcoma. Katelyn was a Brookings-Harbor High School student.
The charity event has the classes facing off against each other; as an example, seniors vs. sophomores, competing in flag football games at the Elmer Bankus Stadium.
Brookings students will assemble floats Thursday night for the school’s traditional noise parade, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. Friday, from the high school down Oak Street to Chetco Avenue, then up 5th to Easy Street and back to the school.
Members of the high school’s leadership class agreed with Gold Beach Superintendent Wilson that homecoming connects the community. "The alumni come to the games and the school goes out to the community for help,” said junior Annie Nation.
Senior Zack Walker said the high school has a community focus throughout homecoming.
Added senior Ethan Hooper, "For the community it is a lot about tradition, and the community is looking to see what the school is going to do now, and how it compares to back when they were part of the festivities.”
See the 2019 homecoming schedules for Brookings-Harbor and Gold Beach high schools online at currypilot.com.