During the past few weeks, South Huntington has been hard at work preparing for this year’s return of homecoming.
Last year, the game, parade, carnival, and bonfire were all cancelled. This year, the district has a weekend full of activity with plans to make this the most memorable Homecoming.
Homecoming at Walt Whitman High School is scheduled for October 23rd, starting with the anticipated Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 2:30pm and the Homecoming Parade at 4pm. The Wildcats will face-off against the Commack Cougars at 6pm.
“Homecoming is something I look forward to because of all the energy and spirit at Whitman,” shared senior Silvana Pawa.
The evening before on October 22nd, Walt Whitman High School will host the Homecoming festival starting at 3:30pm, following the Bonfire at 5:15pm and the always exciting Powder Puff Football Game at 6pm. Students of all ages are invited to participate in the evening of fun activities that include a live DJ, 40 foot obstacle course, petting zoo, carnival games and much, much more. The carnival will remain open during the Powder Puff football game until 8pm.
The Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, which is typically held every 2 years, will begin the Homecoming itinerary on Saturday afternoon. Three of Walt Whitman’s successful alumni will be honored at the event before appearing in the Homecoming parade. We welcome Class of 1970, Jimmy Haslip, Class of 1994, Peter Garrido, and Class of 2007, Davidson Petit-Frère, into this year’s Hall of Fame. Our honorees will be treated to a celebration lunch and the Induction Ceremony will follow at 2:30pm at Walt Whitman High School. Honorees and their families are welcome to join us in the Homecoming Parade at 4pm. Starting at the high school and making their way down Jericho Turnpike, the parade carries the excitement of our students, staff, and community, bringing everyone together on the spirited day.
Upon returning back to Whitman, our inductees will join us on the field for the inaugural coin toss to commence the anticipated football game.
“It's the first time they are actually playing in front of their home fans,” shared Varsity Head Coach Robin Rosa who anticipates an event with a crowd larger than he’s seen before on their home turf. “Since we didn’t have Homecoming last year, not since 2019, I think it’s especially unique for this group,” Coach said. At the time in 2019, ten sophomores on the Varsity team were the last to play at the annual event and since then, those sophomores have become seniors and will return for a game that culminates the true meaning of homecoming.
And to top off the weekend of festivities, stay in town for Sunday, October 24th, as our Wildcat Marching Band hosts their "Battle of the Bands" home show and NY State Championships at Walt Whitman High School!