All last week, the homecoming spirit began building momentum across the South Huntington School District. Daily activities during all of our schools were energized by our students and staff. It being two years since our district could commence our annual homecoming activities, it was obvious that 2021 would be special. The Thursday afternoon Pep Rally on Walt Whitman’s turf field brought the positivity to the forefront for our high school sports teams, clubs, and student body. The excitement carried over into Friday night’s Powder-puff football game which broke attendance records. Our seniors capped off a great game with a resounding 4th quarter onslaught. The seniors also took the cheerleading competition in grand fashion. The Friday afternoon Homecoming Festival gathered students and staff along with their families from all of our schools for a fun Fall afternoon. The Friday night bonfire was spectacular, and we thank the Huntington Manor Fire Department for their management of a safe and thrilling sight.
Saturday afternoon brought our 6th Hall of Fame induction ceremony which began with a preprandial luncheon that highlighted the district’s revamped Nutrition Services Department in the recently renovated North Cafeteria of Walt Whitman High School. A big thank you to Ms. Sheila Buhse and her amazing staff for a beautiful setup, and to Whitman music teacher Mr. Matthew Hoffman and sophomore Anthony Maraboli for setting the perfect ambiance for the occasion. Our South Huntington School District has one of the longest and most storied histories of any community in the region. Throughout almost a century, our school district has graduated some of the most talented men and women in the country, and we are incredibly proud of the intelligent and empathetic individuals who graduate and cross our commencement stage. Each year, we recognize a sampling of our “Wildcat Superstars,” and these new inductees represent a true cross-section of our school community. Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2021!
Each year the Homecoming parade continues to grow, adding community groups, businesses, and numerous organizations as they close down Jericho Turnpike in an annual showing of true Wildcat Pride. A perfect afternoon greeted the packed stadium for a football contest to be remembered with our Whitman Wildcats prevailing 34-14 against the Commack Cougars, continuing their season with a 7-0 record. It was a week to remember and a day capped with a win on the gridiron.
“Homecoming is now a dynamic, district-wide phenomenon, which showcases our overwhelming success and unites generations of Wildcats behind one common cause,” shared Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vito D’Elia. “Despite the obstacles placed before our community over the last 18 months due to the pandemic, our community and student body have once again committed to being a part of homecoming with the anticipation of seeing our entire school community come out and support this wonderful event.”
Pep Rally - Photo Gallery
Homecoming Bonfire - Photo Gallery
Halftime Show - Photo Gallery
Hall of Fame Induction - Photo Gallery