Noblesville High School is celebrating Homecoming this week – beginning with spirit days and ending with the annual Homecoming dance. Spirit Days for the week are Twin Day, Sept. 24; PJ Day, Sept. 25; Nerd Day, Sept. 26; and Black and Gold Day, Sept. 27.
The ladies will take to the football field for the annual Powder Puff games on Sept. 26. At 6 p.m., the freshmen girls will face the sophomore girls. The battle between juniors and seniors will follow.
The biggest day of the week will be Sept. 27. Classes will compete in mini-Olympics beginning at about 12:05 p.m. in the Mill and then get ready for the parade through downtown Noblesville. The parade, led by the Marching Millers and Grand Marshal Don Jellison, will leave the high school at 4 p.m. and begin its route downtown. Class floats will focus on board game themes as follows: freshmen, Trouble; sophomores, Candyland; juniors, Monopoly; and seniors, The Game of Life. Homecoming Day is an early release day. Students in grades 6-12 will be dismissed at 2:05 p.m. and elementary students will be dismissed at 2:55 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., the Noblesville Millers football team will take on the Avon Orioles at Hare Chevrolet Field. Prior to the game, NHS will induct five individuals and the 1979 football team into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees are Jim Belden, Mike Chesser, Don Jellison, Dave Nicholson and Butch Reel. The 1979 football team finished the regular season undefeated and finished as runner-up in the state tournament.
The week’s activities will come to a close with the school’s “Vegas”-themed Homecoming Dance on Sept. 28. The dance will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. at the high school.
Don Jellison, a 1955 graduate of Noblesville High School, will lead this year’s Homecoming parade as grand marshal. Later the same day, he will be inducted into the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame. Jellison has been a part of the Noblesville journalism community since his high school days. His only hiatus was a two-year stint at the Richmond, Ind., newspaper while he was a student at Earlham College.
Throughout most of his more than 55-year newspaper career, Jellison’s passion was high school sports. He has no idea how many NHS sporting events he has covered over the years, but guesses it must be thousands. Jellison has been a regular in press boxes and behind scoring tables since his early days as a sportswriter for the Noblesville Ledger.