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August 31 - September 2 Nashville, TN

The 2007 John Merritt Classic


Homecoming is a tradition at Tennessee State University that has always been a special time for graduates, friends and neighbors to rekindle friendships, reminisce and recapture the big blue spirit. Early Homecomings were usually held on Thanksgiving, and while many new events have been added and become large and more sophisticated affairs, activities such as the parade, football game and reunion parties remain fairly unchanged staples of the celebration after nearly 100 years. The earliest record located of a TSU Homecoming was published in The Bulletin on November 29, 1928. It was a Thanksgiving Day match-up between then-Tennessee A. & I. State College and neighboring school, Fisk University. The game would kick-off at 2 p.m. at Athletic Park and feature the Tigers and Bulldogs battling for champion bragging rights. Dorothy Greer Smith (’42), who was a student during
the leadership of the institution’s first president, Dr. William Jasper Hale, said she remembers Homecoming being “a very exciting time.” “There was a celebration for the entire student body and the games were held right on campus,” Smith said. Smith, a recent 70-year Vintager, said she remembers Dr. Hale being outgoing and very involved with students and demanding of excellence from the faculty. In 1940, Homecoming pitted the Tigers against Kentucky State, “and everyone would be dressed in their best clothes.




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