After 32 years of doing an annual parade together, Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools are headed for a homecoming break-up.
Scheduling conflicts forced Rock Bridge and Hickman to forgo their joint homecoming parade this year.
Kathy Ritter, assistant principal at Rock Bridge, said the two schools could not find a common home football game date.
Now, both schools will celebrate homecoming on different weekends.
Hickman is currently celebrating homecoming week with the theme “Smoke the Spartans.” The school will wrap up its celebration with its football game and dance tonight.
Indu Chandrasekhar, a student and secretary of the student body at Hickman, said that her school will make up for the loss of the parade by having all the Columbia junior high bands play at halftime. This is the first time it has happened, Chandrasekhar said.
“I don’t really mind one way or the other about the parade,” she said. “I think it’s good that the junior high bands still get to play.”
Rock Bridge will celebrate homecoming next week with the theme “Reality TV.”
In other cancellation news, Rock Bridge’s student newspaper, The Rock, reported that the 10-year-old “trike race” was also dropped from homecoming week due to safety concerns.
Ritter, who has worked at Rock Bridge for the past 13 years, remembers the parade from each year.
“It’s been a long standing tradition,” she said.
She said the two schools initially looked at Sept. 10 as a possible day for the homecoming parade, but both schools believed September was too early in the school year.
But Ritter said Rock Bridge will host the first Bonfire Pep Rally on Thursday. At the bonfire, the school will have a barbecue and congratulate the senior football and soccer players with the help of the pep band, cheerleaders and cross country team.