Homecoming Traditions Come Back with a Bang Next Week

Senior leaders are planning a robust return to Homecoming Week traditions at Canby High School next week — including a student car parade through downtown Canby Thursday ahead of the Cougars’ NWOC West league showdown against Hillsboro and the halftime crowning of this year’s king and queen.

The week of fun and school spirit will include a mix of new activities and returning traditions, kicking off Monday with a schoolwide assembly unveiling this year’s Homecoming court.

“This year, we will be decorating hallways, having a Homecoming court, spirit days where students will dress up as different themes, a Homecoming court coronation and pep assembly, as well as a Homecoming car parade similar to the previous senior car parades,” senior Belle Raeburn said in a press release. “Finally, we will finish Homecoming Week with a dance on the football field Friday night.”

This year’s theme is “Night In Neverland,” with hallway decorations inspired by the 1953 Disney classic Peter Pan, including the Darling nursery, Lost Boys’ hideout, Mermaid Cove and Captain Hook’s pirate ship. Students will be invited to school Sunday, Oct. 3, for the decorama.

Spirit day themes will include pajamas, pirates and fairies, “Follow the Rainbow” (students will be encouraged to dress in their class’s signature color), and blue and gold.

Canby High School Homecoming Student Car Parade route.

Each class will feature its own court, with seniors owning the right to vote and name this year’s Homecoming King and Queen.

While most Homecoming activities center on the high school, the whole community is encouraged to turn out at the Thursday car parade and show their support for Canby High students — especially this year’s senior class.

The parade will start at 4 p.m. behind Cutsforth’s Market and wind through downtown Canby, circling Wait Park before heading for Cougar Stadium. Students’ cars will be decked out in blue and gold, and Canby Police will lead the procession while Canby Fire brings up the rear.

Homecoming week closes with a bang Friday night, with a senior dance on the Canby High School football field, under the lights. Admission will be $10 and student ID cards are required.

“This will be a great week with lots of fun and a way for everyone to connect once again,” Raeburn said. “Not only the students — but the whole community.”

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