The Kirkwood School District provides a rundown of all the festivities surrounding this year's Turkey Day Game.
The first officially recorded Thanksgiving Day football game between Kirkwood High School (KHS) and neighboring Webster Groves High School (WGHS) was held in 1907. Since then, with only a few exceptions, the two schools have met each year on the football field to compete for the “Turkey Day Championship” and the coveted Frisco Bell trophy. More than just a football game, Turkey Day has become a celebration of spirit and pride for both communities.
In anticipation of the 2012 football game, KHS students and alumni will begin the “Turkey Day Game” countdown in November with special activities throughout the month and during Spirit Week, Nov. 19-23. A schedule of the Turkey Day activities is listed below.
Oct. 25 until halftime of Turkey Day Game on Nov. 22 –
Student Council Football Sales for Muscular Dystrophy Association:
The KHS Student Council sponsors a friendly competition between KHS and WGHS students to see which school can raise the most funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Student Council members at both schools sell paper MDA footballs for $1 for several weeks before the big Turkey Day Game. The high school that raises the most money is announced during halftime at the Turkey Day Game. In addition to the competition between the two high schools, the grade levels at KHS compete. The grade-level winner receives a trophy during the Turkey Day Pep Assembly held in the KHS Varsity Gym/Dave Holley Assembly Hall on Spirit Day.
KHS Spirit Week – Nov. 19-23
Monday, Nov. 19 –
Tacky Day: KHS students and staff wear orange and black, Webster’s colors, to school.
Monday evening, Nov. 19, 3:30-9 p.m. –
Hall Decorating: KHS clubs and grade levels decorate the halls with spectacular displays emphasizing a Turkey Day theme and team pride.
Tuesday, Nov. 20 –
Spirit Day: Students and staff wear the school colors red and white to show “Pioneer Pride.”
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1:40-2:40 p.m. –
KHS Pep Assembly in Varsity Gym/Dave Holley Assembly Hall
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 5:30-8 p.m. –
Kirkwood School District Foundation Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off:
KSD Foundation will host the 16th annual Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off in the KHS Denver Miller Gym. Community members are invited to sample chili prepared by area restaurants and vote for the best chili in town. Event Title Sponsors are Mike Duffy’s Pub and Grill, Great Harvest and Daily Bread. The Booster Sponsors are Jim Butler AutoGroup and Des Peres Hospital. The Gold K Level Sponsors are Commerce Bank, Fun in the Sun Sports and Leisure and Cat’s Meow.
Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for students, K-12. Advance tickets are on sale beginning Nov. 5 at all KSD school offices and the district’s central office. Proceeds from the KSDF Chili Bowl Cook-Off benefit KSD students and staff.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7-9 p.m. –
Pep Rally in KHS Varsity Gym/Dave Holley Assembly Hall followed by traditional bonfire on the field at Chopin and Dougherty Ferry Road.
Thursday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. –
Turkey Day Football Alumni Breakfast:
KHS Pioneer football alumni and friends gather with the 2012 KHS Football Pioneer team members for breakfast in the KHS cafeteria. The KHS Football Alumni sponsor the event.
Thursday, Nov. 22, Noon –
Thanksgiving Day and Turkey Day Game:
Kickoff for the main event—the Turkey Day Game—is at noon at Moss Field in Webster Groves.
Tickets for the Turkey Day Game are on sale in the KHS athletic office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the game. Tickets are also available at the district’s central office and in elementary and middle school offices. Proceeds from advance tickets sold in the Kirkwood School District are contributed to KHS programs. Proceeds from tickets sold at the gate are divided between Kirkwood and Webster Groves. For ticket information, call the KHS Athletic Dept. at 314-213-6116.
Friday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. –
KHS Soccer Alumni Games:
All KHS soccer alumni and friends are invited to play or cheer from the sidelines in the annual Coach Frank Czapla Memorial Soccer Game. Alumni will meet at Frank Czapla Field. Two games (men's and women's) will be played simultaneously on the upper field and the stadium turf field. The cost is $15 and includes a long-sleeve T-shirt. Proceeds from the games benefit all KHS soccer programs. For game and ticket information, contact Phil Cotta, KHS soccer coach, at email@example.com or by phone at 314-213-6100, ext. 1213.
Friday, Nov. 23, 3:30 p.m. –
KHS Water Polo Alumni Games:
All KHS water polo alumni and friends are invited to participate in the annual Turkey Day Water Polo Game to be held at St. Louis Community College Meramec. Warm-ups are at 2:45 p.m. with the game scheduled for 3:30 p.m. To register for the game, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-822-0221.
Saturday, Nov. 24, 12 p.m –
Kirkwood-Webster Alumni Football Game:
KHS and WGHS football alumni are invited to participate in the 7th annual Kirkwood-Webster Alumni Football Game to be held at KHS Lyons Field at 12 p.m. RSVP to Chuck Fuszner at email@example.com or call 314-822-2069. Be sure to wear your old jersey.
For more information on Kirkwood Turkey Day activities, visit www.kirkwoodschools.org.