Homecoming Week honors 80 years of Tech tradition

Homecoming Week honors 80 years of Tech tradition

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech Homecoming Week kicked off at noon Monday at the Student Union Building.

The Tech Activities Board (TAB) will host events each day to make sure fans are ready to cheer on the Red Raiders during the game against Kansas on Saturday.

"It's for the students and for the community and for Tech," said Lisa Branson, TAB Homecoming coordinator, "It's just awesome because, we have football games, but this is a whole week leading up to the football game just to really get school spirit amped up so hopefully everyone will come out."

Many of the Tech traditions planned for this week have been around for decades.

"I don't want that little tidbit of history from our campus to be lost," said Monte Monroe, Texas Tech Southwest Collection archivist. "It becomes more meaningful when you get older."

The Southwest Special Collections Library on campus has evidence that the Tech homecoming parade dates back to 1932.

Dr. Hugh Allen Anderson experienced these events as a child and remembers the parades decades later, from all the way back in the 1950s.

"That was a big holiday for me. I remember when the floats were really done beautifully," he said. "They used real flowers and chrysanthemums and other flowers... That was sort of the high point of the year."

It was in this time period, in 1954, when Suzanne Matteson won the first title of Texas Tech Homecoming Queen. The title has been passed down from generation to generation ever since.

"During homecoming, we will have alumni coming in and wandering up and down the hallways in the gallery at the Southwest Collection," Monroe said. "Those people may not have appreciated all of these traditions when they were on campus, but as they grow older and they mature, the traditions become even more important to them because they have started to understand how key that was to their youth."

While S.O. Sing, the bonfire and the parade will continue like usual this year there will also be new traditions to look forward to .

The parade will be on Friday instead of Saturday in order to make sure it will not get canceled like last year.

"I think it's just going to be awesome to see our traditional event kind of revamped," Branson said, "and hopefully we have a lot more people there."

For a full list of homecoming events, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/sub/studentactivities/homecoming/schedule.php.

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