As many as 5,000 people are expected to attend East Hampton High School Homecoming events this weekend, according to Principal Adam Fine and Athletic Director Joseph Vasile-Cozzo.
More than 320 tickets have already been sold for a Hall of Fame breakfast Saturday morning, Mr. Vasile-Cozzo told the East Hampton School Board Tuesday night. To be held in the cafeteria, the breakfast will honor the Hall’s first “class”—12 athletes from years past, two coaches, two teams and an honorary member, Jack Graves, the long-time sports reporter for The East Hampton Star.
Places for the plaques were being prepared this week for the event. “People are very excited about it,” Mr. Vasile-Cozzo told the School Board.
Students will warm up for Homecoming with a last-period pep rally on Friday, pepped up in particular by dance team and varsity cheerleading performances as well as tunes from the high school band, followed by tennis and field hockey contests. The Homecoming dance starts at 7 p.m. Friday in the high school cafeteria—a warmup for the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, whose names will be announced during a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Saturday, just before the big varsity football game between the Bonackers and the Southampton Mariners.
On Saturday, there will also be soccer and volleyball competitions, a Homecoming carnival and tailgate party at 3:30 p.m. on the high school’s front lawn. A barbecue and free activities for kids will be available to entice the entire community to attend.
The traditional bonfire starts at 6:30 and the football game will get underway at 7:15. Ralph Naglieri, a former varsity coach making a return appearance, will serve as the announcer. The dance team will give a pregame performance, and the cheerleaders will perform at halftime, of course.