We originally had the dances switched in order
to keep the Homecoming Dance closer to the Homecoming game,
but we've had overwhelming responses
to keep the dance AFTER the game.
A brief explanation of how we plan our dances at KHS,
and why they aren't always "traditional...old-fashioned dances."
We've heard it for years: "When I was in high school, our dances were always on-campus."
We are unique to Humble ISD and most schools across the state in that our school dances are off-campus.
While many schools across the nation are canceling school dances, KHS continues to successfully sponsor them. In fact, so many of our students attend the dances, the school cafeteria or gym are not large enough to safely handle the numbers. The school a/c cannot keep the room cool, and the crowds are just terribly large.
From a KHS grad: "I remember my senior homecoming dance in 2003. It was sweaty and gross. My (expensive) hairdo was totally ruined. If anyone complains about not having it on campus, send them my way. I will vouch first hand!"
The closest facility large enough and available for us is the Humble Civic Center. We have to book the Civic Center ONE YEAR in advance.
We give the dance dates to our football coach and he tries his best to schedule around them. However, with 5 high school football teams sharing Turner Stadium...it doesn't always work out. A few years ago for example, our Homecoming dance and game fell ON THE SAME DAY! Yuck! One year, the Homecoming dance date fell on a BYE week for football, plus we had Monday off! That was really nice, but again, it doesn't always work out the way we want it to.
For 2019-2020, the Homecoming game and the dance are weeks apart. Again, that is because we've booked the Civic Center one year in advance and the football schedule just didn't match up. The Homecoming football game is September 27th and we will elect and present our Homecoming Court at the game. Mums will be worn to school on Sept 27th and sometimes to the game as well. The dance will be 3 weeks later on October 19th.
The Bad 80's dance and the Homecoming dance are from 8PM to 11PM.
Why don't we have the Homecoming dance after the game? Logistics. Even our home games are actually "away" at Turner Stadium. Often, our students don't return on the buses until 11pm from our home games. Then, of course, the building is not large enough to hold the numbers of students that attend the dances.
The 80's dance tickets are $20.00 each. The Homecoming dance tickets are $40.00 each at lunch or at the door. (Prices could change)
Why are Homecoming dance tickets so expensive? It costs a lot of money to rent the Civic Center (currently around $8K but going up annually). Add in the cost for DJ, drinks and security, etc., and it quickly adds up. However, we usually have the same Homecoming dance prices as most schools in our district.
While many schools do not, we always give out a Homecoming dance "souvenir" to our students.
Additionally, the school dances are Student Council's main fundraisers. Any profits go back to the school in the form of deposits for the next dances, Homecoming week activities, maintaining the sound system, pep rallies, and other special projects that StuCo does for KHS.
Most schools that still have dances are charging $30-$40.00 each and their dances are in the school cafeteria.
Who chaperones the dances? All KHS dances are chaperoned by teachers and administrators. In addition, we hire extra security officers for the dance. PARENTS DO NOT CHAPERONE OUR DANCES.
Are beverages or food available? We provide water bottles free of charge at our dances. They are available in the glass-walled Special Events room. All bottles must remain in the room and are not allowed in the main ballroom. We have tried food and sodas in the past, but they were ignored. Food and beverages other than water are exclusive to Senior Prom.
The Homecoming Dance is the only dance (except Prom) where you can bring an "outside-KHS" date. Forms will be available for approval of dates and are due the Thursday before the dance. However, dates are not required at any dance. Many students come in groups or without dates.
School ID badges are required to enter the dance. Once inside, you can put them away.
It's a TEXAS thing, ya'll! A lot of the girls still wear Homecoming Mums of various sizes. The mums are usually purchased by their dates, family, or their group/club/organization. Boys often wear a boutonniere to the dance. They should check with their friends to see what the current trends are. Mums will be worn to school and to the game on Homecoming Game Day.
Tickets are usually sold two weeks prior to each dance. Tickets are sold online and at school... and we still offer tickets at the door. But why wait in that long line? Buy early!
We hope that clears up any general questions. If you have other questions, please contact us.
Jamie Morris and David Knight
Kingwood High Student Council Sponsors