An Humble Tradition Restored
It is homecoming week for Humble High School and the Wildcat Pride is ALIVE! After eight years without a community homecoming parade, the HHS Administration and Student Council worked for months in advance to bring back this Humble High tradition.
The community homecoming parade shut down Main Street in downtown Humble in the past but this year things were a little different. Led by Parade Grand Marshal’s, Mayor Pro-Tem Norman Funderburk and Humble High School Principal Donna Ullrich, the parade took off down South Houston Avenue from Octavia Fields Library.
They led the following parade participants to Humble High School: HHS JROTC, HHS Alumni Association, North Belt Elementary, HHS Theater, HHS FFA, Humble Middle School Cheer, Humble Middle School Dance, Humble Middle School Band, Lakeland Elementary, Jack Fields Elementary, HHS Bowling, HHS Spanish Club, River Pines Elementary, HHS Freshmen and Sophomore class representatives, HHS HOSA, Ross Sterling Middle School Student Council, Ross Sterling Middle School Cheer and Administration, HHS Sports Medicine, HHS Sub Varsity Football, HHS Senior Class, HHS Wildcatdets, HHS Band, HHS Cheer, HHS Varsity Football.
“I am pleased and honored to be participating as Grand Marshal in the Homecoming Parade for Humble High School," Mayor Pro-Tem Norman Funderburk, said. "As a proud graduate of Humble High School, class of 1970, I remember how important homecoming week was, with the entire school engaged in spirit building activities highlighted by the parade and pep rally that provided the build-up to Friday's big game. These are cherished memories for me, as are the homecoming games that I played in at Turner Stadium. These homecoming week activities are important traditions that we all care about, bringing the entire student body together with a singular focus that results in tremendous school spirit. As a proud alumnus, longtime member of the community and also serving as Councilman, I invite the entire community to join us this week as we support our coaches and the team. Go Wildcats…Beat the Broncos!"
The community lined up with smiles for a chance to wave at parade participants and cheer on the HHS varsity football team. After the parade ended, the crowd piled into the Turner Stadium stands for the homecoming pep rally.
“I’m originally from Romania and I’m very new to Humble," Sabina Popescu, Humble High School junior, said. "This is my first homecoming experience and I’ve never seen anything like this in my country. I have really enjoyed Spirit Week because it was exciting to see everyone dressed up and showing school spirit. You could feel the school spirit during the parade and pep rally. I’m glad the community was able to experience it with us."
The pep rally began with the school fight song bringing the crowd to their feet to cheer on the Humble High School flag runners, volleyball, cross country, varsity football, and the athletic trainer teams. Each team captain was able to introduce their teammates and promote their upcoming events, encouraging the community to support all HHS fall sports.
Both Humble High School Cheerleaders and Wildcatdets Drill Teams performed Back To The Future routines to popular dance songs from the past. Concluding the community pep rally were the Homecoming Court Winner Announcements led by Student Council members. After the energetic performances by cheer and dance, the Homecoming Court nominees approached the field and waited to learn who would become Homecoming Court representatives for each grade.
The winning students were crowned by Mayor Pro-Tem Funderburk and Humble High School Alumni Association representative Allan Griffin.
“We are excited that this community tradition is being reinstated and we are happy about Donna’s effort to bring alumni back to the school," Griffin said. "She has shown so much support for the Alumni Association and this parade and pep rally is just the beginning. We want nothing but success for the students of Humble High School."
Join the homecoming fun tomorrow at 5 p.m. for the Homecoming Tailgate and Alumni Welcome Party in the Turner Stadium parking lot. Cheer on the Wildcats as they take on the Dayton High School Broncos at 7 p.m.