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Traditions Matter in a Small Town


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Opinion: Traditions of Rankin are important

By Calen Fouts, staff writer

 

Traditions in Rankin are super important to the people who live here. There have been many traditions started in Rankin since the school’s founding more than 100 years ago, but none are as prestigious as the beating of the drum on Homecoming day.

Every year on the day of the Homecoming football game, a large drum is brought out to the front of the school, and students can sign up to beat it at certain times of the day, but the beating cannot stop until the kickoff of the homecoming football game. Many students sign up multiple times to beat the drum, whether it to be excused from classes or to carry out the tradition with pride.

Rankin alumnus and teacher Adrian Gallardo says, “The beating of the drum has been happening since the 70’s. There were a few years in the early 90’s when the drum was not beaten, but it all came back in the fall of 95.”

So the tradition has been carried out for decades by the past, present and hopefully future generations of Rankin.

One tradition that some believe should be included in our school’s future is the crowning of a band beau and sweetheart.  “In 2009 crowning football sweetheart and cheerleading beau during football season was moved from the Sports Banquet.  I do like that.  With band coming back into our school, it will be nice to see Band Sweetheart and Beau again,” said teacher Vicki Templeton, who is also a Rankin High alumna.

It is important that we work to sustain some of the meaningful ones, rekindle some lost ones, and start some new ones to keep our school pride strong.

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Traditions Matter in a Small Town