Senior athletes Miggy Atkinson (soccer) and Erica Johnson (field hockey) ran in the LA spirit flags for the Homecoming pep rally on Friday, September 24.

After Lincoln Academy Homecoming events were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID, LA students, staff, and alumni had high hopes for Homecoming 2021. Spirit week, which kicks off LA Homecoming festivities, got off to a great start, with large numbers of students searching for Spirit Flags hidden by Mr. Page before school, and above average participation in dress-up days.

Students dressed for “Class Color Day: during spirit week: 9th graders in red, 10th graders in purple, and 12th graders in blue.

Then the weather forecast for the weekend came into view, and it did not look promising. Heavy, slow-moving rain was predicted for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. By Friday morning it was clear that the parade scheduled for Friday evening would have to be canceled, as the marching band could not safely march with their instruments. Along with the parade Friday’s other events, including a cookout, open turf, and movie night showing of the 1985 movie Back to the Future would have to be canceled as well.

In place of Friday evening events, Head of School Jeff Burroughs and Assistant Athletic Director/Spirit Leader Phil Page ‘70 pivoted to host an outdoor pep rally in place of Friday Community Meeting before the rain started. Students and teachers gathered at the end of the school day on the hill above the turf field to listen to the band play, and practice the traditional LA cheers, led by Mr. Page. The LA jeep and miniature bell tower made a surprise appearance, and after the pep rally the Alumni and Development office treated students to whoopie pies as a Homecoming surprise.

Friday afternoon’s pep rally was led by Mr. Page, with help from the LA combined bands and senior athletes Miggy Atkinson and Erica Johnson.

Thanks to the durability of the William A. Clark turf field, which is playable even in heavy rain, Saturday’s Homecoming games went on as scheduled. The field hockey team played Morse before the rain started, and all four soccer teams played Medomak, even as light rain turned into a heavy downpour during the evening varsity games.

LA Field Hockey took on Morse before the rain started on Saturday

It was under these challenging conditions that LA fans showed their true spirit. Hundreds of fans showed up with canopies, umbrellas, and raincoats to cheer for the Eagles. Concessions were available through the Booster stand and the VIP Mobile food truck, owned by LA alum Amanda Sprague ‘88. Round Top donated ice cream for the Booster concession.

“After the couple of years we have had, LA students deserved perfect weather for 2021 Homecoming,” said Head of School Jeff Burroughs. “The fact that nothing could dampen their spirits, even torrential rain, showed their real grit, as well as loyalty. I was proud to be part of the LA community this weekend.”

Above: the boys and girls varsity soccer played on the pouring rain on Saturday evening.

Below: the cross country Homecoming meet took place on Thursday before the rain started.

More homecoming photos can be found on the Lincoln Academy Flickr page.