SKOKIE — Eight former coaches and the 1972 Niles West state championship baseball team will be honored at next Friday’s Niles West High School homecoming football game against Maine East High School.
“A Hero’s Homecoming” is this year’s homecoming theme and student activities Director Katie Odell said a photo booth was set-up in the Niles West cafeteria last Thursday to get students revved up for the big game.
“Homecoming is an important part of the year because it kicks off the new school year and it sets the tone for a positive school climate for the year,” Odell said. “It gets them really excited for the year ahead.”
Groups of friends squeezed into the booth during their lunch breaks to take snapshots printed with the homecoming theme on the bottom, Odell said.
The Wolves will kick-off the week-long festivities Tuesday with a coronation assembly to choose the homecoming king and queen.
Then Wednesday, the cafeteria will jam with music provided by a DJ from Boom Entertainment, the Chicago company hired to DJ the homecoming dance Sept. 13.
Hundreds of students are to gather in the field house Thursday afternoon to build floats for Friday’s homecoming parade. The student club that wins “best float” will receive cash for the group’s activity fund, Odell said.
This year’s parade will feature nine floats, a car from the auto club and three convertibles carrying Niles West principal Jason Ness, assistant principal Mark Rigby, and the homecoming king and queen.
The community is invited to the parade, which will kick-off in the Niles West student parking lot on Oakton Street at 1:40 p.m. and head through downtown Skokie.
The parade will head north on Gross Point Road, then south on Lincoln Avenue to Oakton Street before heading west and then turning south on Gross Point Road to the south parking lot.
The junior and senior girls will battle in the annual powder puff football game at 3 p.m., and kick-off for the varsity football game is at 7 p.m.
Alumni are invited to the Niles West alumni tent starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner, cake, and coffee will be served prior to the game.
At least 150 Niles West grads are expected to head out to the alumni tent and football game, Odell said.
The school will celebrate its first inductees in the inaugural Niles West Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony at 6 p.m. in the athletic corridor, and again during halftime of the football game.
The 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are: former gymnastics coaches John Burkel and Bart Conner, former girls basketball coach Gene Earl, former football coach Jim Hart, former softball coach Leanne Hillier, former baseball coach Jim Phipps, former wrestling coach Robert Porter and former boys basketball coach Bill Schnurr, along with the 1972 Niles West championship baseball team.
The superhero-themed homecoming dance will mark the end of homecoming week. Last year 1,400 dance tickets were sold, Odell said.
Source: Sun Times