The roots of UW-Eau Claire’s homecoming date back to 1924. That first homecoming “party” was celebrated on November 7, 1924. The concept of homecoming was still in its infancy for our school, and the entire event that year was planned in haste. The Periscope, our school’s yearbook discontinued in 1995, provides a brief account of the 1924 homecoming. The 1925 issue states,
“A ‘homecoming’ party was given on Friday, November 7. It did not prove a huge success, for several reasons: ‘homecoming’ day was decided upon in a short time and so the ‘grads’ were not able to come ‘home’ on such short notice; the weather was ‘horrid’ and we came out on the small side of the score.”
Prior to the establishment of our first football field in 1926, located south of Schofield Hall, our school's home football games were held in Driving Park located near the school's grounds in Eau Claire's third ward area. Although our first homecoming may have been disappointing, the editors of The Periscope did point our that, "students who did attend seemed to have a good time."
It is worth noting that our first homecoming parade also took place in 1924. The student body gathered at 2:00 pm on November 7th and, led by the school band, a processing "cavorted in happiness" to the Driving Park. As years passed the Homecoming parade and associated festivities would grow larger and eventually encompass the entire Eau Claire community.