Varsity volleyball and basketball player Mackenzy Vedder explained, “During volleyball we always sing the song that we made up through the years before each game, and every year we add a new part.”
Varsity basketball player Jon Stone listens to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem before any real big competition, and JV volleyball player, LeeAnna Linton says she didn’t wash her knee pads all season.
Emily Lewis, a varsity cheerleader, mentioned, “At the last basketball game of the season we sing the ‘Alma Mater.’ It’s really cool to see the fans, cheerleaders, and parents sing the school song as a way to congratulate the team.”
However, these traditions are not limited only to sports. New Haven High School also has a wide variety of traditions including senior trip, senior tea, senior night, winter ball, homecoming, prom, seniors decorating for Christmas, juniors decorating for prom, trying to keep prom a secret, and many more.
New Haven High School also holds activities throughout the year for students to participate in to earn spirit points. Swimming intramurals, Pack the Gym, Flood the Field, Cram the Course, spirit week, leadership week, and the softball and baseball tailgates are just a few of the many traditional activities that Student Council helps sponsor.
“Swimming intramurals is definitely unique to have,” explained Mr. Hoener. “Being such a small school gives us the opportunity to have these events.”
“I feel like spirit week would be considered a tradition,” mentioned Hannah Pehle, a senior at New Haven High. “It’s fun to dress up everyday and earn those spirit points for your class,just to get closer to that pizza and ice cream party at the end of the year.”
Don’t think that these traditions are just from today, though. Mrs. Peggy Borcherding, the high school secretary, graduated from NHHS in 1977 and remembered her time here at NHHS.
“We sang the Alma Mater on the bus back from away games,” she explained. “The only difference I can remember is that we didn’t have girls’ basketball or track, and the underclassmen served dinner to the upperclassmen at prom.”
Mrs. Laune, the librarian, also remembers her time here at NHHS. “Instead of Leadership week, we had the afternoon off to play flag football,” she explained. “Everybody had study hall, and there was no middle school wing or second wing to the high school. The library was in what is now Mrs. Koch’s foreign language room. I remember back in 2002 when the basketball team won the championship,” she continued. “There was so much pride, not just in the basketball team, but in the community as a whole.”
There are also some unofficial traditions that the student body has created.
“There is sort of an unofficial school uniform,” mentioned Mr. Kruse, the superintendent. “Everyday, there is at least a handful of people who wear a green shirt with jeans or sweatpants. The school and town is just all things Shamrock.”
“There are also really high expectations for students at NHHS,” he continued. “Education is emphasized and in trend among the students here.”
From athletics to education, New Haven High has many traditions that have made students’ experiences memorable.
-by Karissa Durbin