Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.
MORNING STAR, October 13, 2019, pg. 4
October is football month for our area high schools. Albion High School was part of the Twin Valley league during the 1950s, and one of the toughest teams they had to play against was the East Lansing Trojans. The 1956 season saw Albion play the Trojans for Albionís homecoming. Albion didnít have its own football field back then, and so until 1967 they played at Briton Field at Albion College.
A favorite event for homecoming was a homecoming parade, with floats from the various classes and other groups. These parades were held in downtown Albion the afternoon of the game. From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photo of the 1956 homecoming parade in downtown Albion. Featured are the football players around a float bearing the legend "Push Those Trojans Back to Troy." A shield with a cross is part of the design and appears on the right. In the distance, left to right are these businesses: Miller Jewelers, Union Store, Albion Paint Spot, and of course, the Bohm Theatre.
Unfortunately, Albion lost their homecoming game that year, by a score of 19 Albion, 20 East Lansing, but won all their others. The 1957 Breeze Annual summarized that season: "The 1956-57 football season was another successful one as the final Twin Valley standings found Albion in second place, the only loss being to East Lansing, the title holder, and the team rated first in State Class B standings. In that same poll Albion was rated fifth for the second year in a row. The Wildcats piled up a record of seven wins and one loss in conference play, and one win in a "non-league" game against Grand Ledge before the start of the regular season."
How many of our readers ever attended an Albion High School homecoming parade?
Homecoming 1956 parade. High School
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