Homecoming Week 2023 was filled with spirit, from a successful all-school collection drive to fun and games on campus over the big weekend.
From October 9-13, students in all grades collected items for ForKids, an organization that helps families working to get out of homelessness. In all, students donated more than 66,000 items, including bath items and paper products. They also donated about $1,600.
Homecoming festivities began on October 13 with the Homecoming Speaker, Neil Barr '93, who spoke to Upper School students in the morning about the importance of the Honor System. In the afternoon, the entire school gathered at Wynne-Darden Stadium for the popular Pep Rally dances by each fall varsity team.
After that, campus was filled with alumni, current students, and families, who took in five big varsity athletics contests. Another highlight was the reunion of field hockey alumni who celebrated Generations of Excellence in that program. The GameDay Dinner and Spirit Parade of first graders and their Senior Buddies came just before the varsity football game, which Norfolk Academy won handily to remain undefeated. At halftime of that game, senior student-athletes playing fall sports walked across the field with their parents. Field hockey alumni also were recognized at halftime.
That wasn't all! On Saturday, the classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018 returned for their reunions. Head of School Travis Larrabee, celebrating his first Bulldog Homecoming, greeted everyone, and there was much food and music for all to enjoy.
Here are just a few of the fun scenes from Spirit Week!