Milford High School will celebrate Homecoming Weekend starting with the annual parade through downtown Milford on Friday, October 13 and ending with the Homecoming Dance planned for Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 PM in the cafeteria and gym. The theme for this year’s event is “Hawaiian Luau.”
“It is a really festive theme,” Shawn Snyder, Principal of Milford High School, said. “Grass skirts and Hawaiian leis are immediate images that come to mind. Students will most likely select colors for homecoming decorations that are bright and reflect a tropical feel. In a way, it is a nod to our new assistant principal, Dr. Epstein, who joins us from Hawaii.”
On Friday evening, the parade begins at the former Milford Middle School building and walks through town, down Walnut Street, to the Milford High School Stadium. The floats are then ridden around the football field and are on display throughout the Homecoming game which begins at 7 PM in Briggs Stadium. This year, the Milford Buccaneers play the Woodbridge Raiders.
“We expect this to be our best parade ever,” Mr. Snyder said. “Our entire district will be participating. Both the Middle School and High School band will have performances. Each class and each school will have floats plus the local fire department will participate. Teachers and administrators will be handing out candy along the route. We would love to see a packed parade route to cheer on our students as we prepare to take on the defending-state champion Woodbridge Raiders.”
Mr. Snyder reminded students and parents that this is a semi-formal event. Ties with button shirts and dress pants are appropriate for men. He said that some students may elect to go with loud Hawaiian shirts this year, something he thinks will be a lot of fun. Dresses should be at the knee and cover a student appropriately while tops should also cover students appropriately as well.
“We want to encourage students to wear items that are semi-formal and comfortable as it is a dance,” Mr. Snyder said. “Last year, a student bedazzled some tennis shoes with sequins to dance in and I thought that was really neat. Mini-skirts, yoga pants, jeans, shorts, t-shirts and hats are not appropriate for this event. When in doubt, give Milford High School a call and we can discuss any concerns you may have about an item.”
Mr. Snyder said that the school has great students and that the administration wants them to cut loose and have fun. However, there are expectations about how students may dance.
“Students are expected to face each other while dancing,” Mr. Snyder said. “We have chaperones that ask students to correct this if they forget. We understand that dancing changes from generation to generation and that this can cause some anxiety with parents. We make every effort to maintain a fun environment while also making sure that students are respectful and safe.”
The Homecoming Dance will end at 11 PM. Food and beverages are provided at the dance with tickets costing $15. All tickets are sold at lunch in the school and there are no tickets available at the door.