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Homecoming 2012: Be true to your school

Sunday, October 14th, 2012 | Posted by

Raelynne Talafili, 16, dances with Cody Titus, 17, during the Homecoming dance at Tomales High School Sept. 28.

PHOTOS BY BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat

Pride and loyalty can’t be purchased, but during the fall, student leaders work hard to build it. From mid-September through early November, Sonoma County students dig deep for the kinds of spirit-building traditions that have endured for generations.

Senior Janelle Kehoe, 17, applies some lipstick in the bathroom before the Homecoming dance at Tomales High School.

Campuses take on Norman Rockwell qualities, hosting parades, kings and queens, rallies, night football games and dances. Leading up to weekend events, teens get a reprieve from dress codes with Spirit Week activities. Windsor High students dressed like their favorite Superheroes. Rancho Cotate High embraced Stoplight Day (wear red if you have a date to the dance, green if you’re available and yellow if . . . it’s complicated).

Casa Grande High students built parade floats. Sonoma Valley High held a carnival. Santa Rosa cheer squads shared the field in a show of solidarity. At Tomales High, with just 53 graduating seniors, the whole town joined in to watch their team trounce Emeryville High before students moved to the gym for a “Fairy Tale”-themed dance.

Tomales High plays Emery High during the fourth quarter of the homecoming game Sept. 28.

And on Nov. 2, Cloverdale High’s team will play under lights orchestrated by a booster.

Read homecoming stories from throughout the county and see more photos here:

Keeping spirit high in Windsor

Cheering for a cause in Santa Rosa

Under the lights in Cloverdale 

Rancho Cotate’s Spotlight Day

Sonoma Valley grads return as educators

Tomales pride outweighs its size

Casa Grande turns 40

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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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