Archbold, OH

AHS Celebrates Homecoming

Parade, Bonfire On Thursday

Archbold High School students, staff, and alumni will have a chance to build excitement for the Friday, Sept. 21 homecoming football game against Swanton, with a parade and bonfire on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The Thursday night events start at about 8 pm, when crowds gather at the southwest corner of the high school.

The homecoming parade starts with a car carrying the freshman attendant and escort, followed by the cheerleaders and cross country team marching behind.

Next is the sophomore car, followed by the volleyball and tennis teams. Behind them are the junior attendant and escort, in a third car, followed by the soccer and golf squads.

Following the golfers is the senior attendant car, followed by the football team, and then the homecoming king and queen.

The parade heads east on Lafayette Street, turns south on Pleasant Street, then west on Burke Street.

The parade will turn back south onto North Buehrer Street, to West Lugbill Road, where it turns east.

The parade marches onto South Defiance Street, where it turns north until it reaches Lafayette Street. It turns left, back to the west, where it ends in the school’s southwest parking lot.


The Archbold High School Blue Streak Marching Band welcomes the parade back to the school by playing the AHS fight song.

The cheerleaders lead the crowd in cheers, then, at about 8:40 pm, the AHS fall sports coaches speak.

Cheerleaders again lead the crowd, and the homecoming king and queen speak.

A dummy, representing the opposition, will be thrown into the bonfire at about 9:08 pm.

A special guest speaker, whose identity is secret, will appear. As of Tuesday Sept. 18, only Tim Meister, AHS principal, knows the speaker’s identity.


Michelle Gladieux, cheerleading and student council advisor at AHS, said Tuesday there wasn’t much excitement among the student body concerning the parade and bonfire.

“It will hit Thursday. Thursday morning, they’ll start getting excited,” she said.

Last year’s bonfire was well attended, Gladieux said. The only complaint was that the event didn’t last long enough.

Other homecoming events include a spaghetti dinner on Friday from 3:15 to 7:30 pm, and a dance at the Ruihley Park Pavilion, Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Homecoming football game starts Friday at 7:30 pm.

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