According to the administrators at Tucumcari High School, all in all, 2004’s homecoming was a success.
“I think everything went very well,” said Tucumcari High School Principal Gary Salazar of the five days that were homecoming 2004. “I think I can safely say it went surprisingly smoothly. Assistant High School Principal Rex Maddaford said he was especially impressed with the maturity of the students during a week that lent itself to some very strange activities. He said it began with “dress-up” days which he said had one of best participation rates in a number of years. “We have a very large number of people taking part this year,” said Maddaford. “That was surprising.”
Salazar on his part said the numbers taking part might well be indicative of school spirit this year. “If nothing else,” said Salazar “it gave them (the students) a chance to flaunt the dress code for a week.”
On Monday students were asked to dress in pajamas. Tuesday was formal dress day and students were asked to dress as well as possible. Wednesday was a combination of hats and “hip-hop” day. Thursday was Cowboy/Farmer Day and Friday was Purple and Gold Day. Other activities that took place during homecoming week included the annual bonfire just north of the National Guard Armory and south of the football practice field. Salazar said he felt that event too came off with few problems. “Everything started on time and everybody seemed to have a good time,” said Salazar.
He said the booster club cooked over 300 hot dogs and he was informed that they had been consume quickly. He said he was also impressed with the numbers that turned out for the bon fire and the program which the cheerleaders had prepared. Friday was the climax of the week’s festivities with the homecoming parade, the crowning of the homecoming queen, the homecoming football game and finally the homecoming dance.
Maddaford pointed out there were 13 entries in the parade and ranging from vehicles for homecoming royalty to fire trucks and National Guard trucks.
The theme of Arabian Nights which was also the dance theme was borne out through a number of the floats in the parade also. Named as homecoming queen was Anna Bauler, named as lady in waiting was Autumn Moore. Class attendants were Freshmen – Misty McKinney, Sophomore – Samantha Montano, Junior – Shay Rigdon and Senior attendant – Reyna Banuelos.