Recap of Homecoming Festivities

Kiana Meagher, Social Media Manager

For most students at Dublin High, there is no other week that losing one’s voice, missing out on sleep, or stressing out is considered fun other than during Dublin’s very own homecoming week. Homecoming was originally developed in the 1910s to unite alumni and students as well as  bond the community together with school spirit. For many residents and alumni of Dublin, DHS’s homecoming does just that.  

2017 Homecoming Queen Belle Enriquez walks down the football field with her father.
Anissa Rashid
2017 Homecoming Queen Belle Enriquez walks down the football field with her father.

The parade isn’t just a DHS thing, but a Dublin thing, with students from every school in the district participating in the annual event. In the parade are not only each class’s themed floats, homecoming candidates, car show winners, but also future generations of Gaels walking with their respective middle and elementary schools. Residents of the Dublin community typically fill the sidewalks of Village Parkway to spectate the show, while DHS Junior Faith Rynda emceed.

Grady cheers Dublin's varsity football team on.
Anissa Rashid
Grady cheers Dublin’s varsity football team on.

Straight after the parade, the homecoming carnival was in full force with food, live music, bouncy houses, and pure Friday night fun. Dublin High clubs manned the carnival’s booths as a way to raise money for the upcoming school year. Talented musical students and Dublin’s incredible Improv Team wowed the crowds with live performances on an outdoor stage. As always, this year’s carnival was a hit and was a great way to relax before the big game.

 

Considering it’s Dublin’s first year in the East Bay Athletic League (EBAL), they put up a good fight against Granada high school in the big homecoming football game. Prior to the game, varsity football player Jayden Clark anticipated “lots of energy from the game and the crowd,” which was evident throughout the homecoming game. Senior Jared Smart scored Dublin’s only touchdown in a punt return.  Despite the loss, the Gaels loyally stood by their players, equipped with chants and cheers to last all four quarters. After the game, crowds waited for the players to support and congratulate their valiant efforts.

Seniors cheer in the front of the student section.
Anissa Rashid
Seniors cheer in the front of the student section.

Win or lose, what makes Dublin special is the tight-knit sense of community by not only the students at Dublin High, but the entire city. Homecoming brings everyone together in one central place where the Dublin spirit is felt ubiquitously. As they say, it’s always a great day to be a Gael.

 

More Photos From the Big Day: 

 

The nominees walk down the aisle during halftime before DHS discovered who was crowned queen.
Navya Singh
The nominees walk down the aisle during halftime before DHS discovered who was crowned queen.

 

DHS Irish Guard marches in the homecoming parade.
Navya Singh
DHS Irish Guard marches in the homecoming parade.

 

One of the car show winners drives down Village Parkway during the homecoming parade.
Navya Singh
One of the car show winners drives down Village Parkway during the homecoming parade.