Punny asks, football, mums,dresses, suits, dinner and pictures. What does homecoming mean to you? For many Hockaday students, they can never ask themselves this question.
Unlike many co-ed schools where all students can go to homecoming without a date or with a group of friends, this option is not available for us. Why is the tradition of homecoming that started over 100 years ago so unreachable to us?
To better understand this situation, the Fourcast spoke to St. Mark’s Interim Head of Upper School Scott Gonzalez.
To Gonzalez, homecoming is more than simply a football game and dance for the students. Aside from the game on Friday night and the dance on Saturday, St. Mark’s hosts a variety of alumni events on Friday and throughout the weekend. The school values the tradition of the alumni returning to St. Mark’s.
We understand the significance and respect this tradition and are not asking to take part in the alumni events. However, the actual dance part of homecoming is for students and does not interfere with these events.
After all, Ursuline Academy of Dallas, another all-girls school near us, has the option to attend homecoming at their brother school, Jesuit Preparatory School of Dallas. Why can’t we do the same with our brother school St. Mark’s?
At the same time, it is no secret that the relationship between Hockaday and St. Mark’s has weakened over the years. Even The Remarker’s centerspread for the September issue focused on this deteriorating relationship.
The Fourcast completely agrees. We value the relationship we have with St. Mark’s very much but believe that it could be so much stronger. Thus, we would consider reciprocating and opening Winter Formal to them.
Winter Formal is a significant tradition at Hockaday as well. By inviting St. Mark’s, we would be able to keep it a tradition but simply allow more people into the event.
We already share other traditions and social events: Junior Patron’s Guild, mixers, spirit parties, football games and cheerleaders. They pick their homecoming queens from our school, too.
Thus, why is the dance part of homecoming not included? At the same time, why do we not include St. Mark’s in our Winter Formal?
Could opening up these dances to each other be a way to reconnect us? Could this finally be a way for us to restore the bond we once shared?
The Fourcast asks both schools to consider this.