What is “Homecoming”?

What Gunn Events are Planned and Why Should You Care?

Homecoming is a long-standing tradition at many American high schools and colleges. It is a celebration of the school community and is a chance for current students to join with returning alumni and the rest of the school community to develop “school spirit” and camaraderie.

Here are two of many links to a full description of the American Homecoming tradition:



Each year, Gunn High School plans an entire week of events to bring students together to get to know each other, have fun, and develop a sense of belonging to the Gunn community. Homecoming week is organized primarily by the Gunn Student Activities Center (Lisa Hall, Director) with help from the student leaders of each class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior Student Councils). Staff and teachers try to reduce the workload during that time, and many take part in the games and events themselves.

This year, Homecoming week is the week of October 16 and ends with the dance on Saturday October 21. The theme this year is “Around the Town”; a full list of events follows, but highlights include:

  • Competitions between the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes held daily at brunch and lunch;
  • Students and staff will dress up in different costumes every day;
  • PTSA-sponsored BBQ, just prior to the Night Rally at 6:00pm on Thursday October 19th. Tickets can be purchased at the SAC or at the event.
  • Night Rally: Thursday, October 19th, is the climax of the week, with float stuffing (beginning after school at 3:30), and the fantastic Night Rally at 8 pm in the Titan Gym, with doors opening at 7:45pm. Tickets are required for everyone (purchase at the Student Activities Center), and parents are invited!
  • Dance: Saturday 21, semi-formal. Date not needed! (Dress code enforced! See page 23 of the student handbook.) 
  • Attire: khakis, button-down shirt, with or without tie, or dress (but floor-length isn’t necessary)

For a full description of all the games and events planned, go to the Gunn Website (“For Students” tab, “Student Activities”, “Campus Events”) or click here.

Homecoming events are communicated broadly and frequently to all the students, in the hopes that each and every student will find an activity that appeals to them. Even if a student does something easy and uncomplicated – cheer their classmates during the competitive games, dress in accordance with their class theme, attend the Night Rally (a favorite, this is when the Air Band contest happens!), watch the football game, or just affix one or two tissue-paper balls to the class float – students are almost assuredly going to experience “school spirit” and feel a part of the community – which is the goal!

According to Ms. Hall, the “top 5” events she suggests students take part in:

  • “Stuff a Bench” game
  • Help build/stuff their class float (at the track on Wednesday from 3:00pm – 6:00pm and Thursday from 3:30pm to 7:00pm)
  • Attend the Night Rally (Thursday starting at 8:00pm)
  • Go to Friday’s football game and see the class floats at half time
  • Attend the semi-formal dance on Saturday
  • Encourage your student to attend any all activities, even if “ironically”. They will be glad they did!

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Hall: lhall@pausd.org.