Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1944

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet meme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

KU’s first Homecoming queen was crowned in 1925, and a new queen was named each year until 1969, when the Homecoming Committee decided it would be more appropriate to recognize students who demonstrated academic spirit.

The Homecoming Court of 1944 is pictured below. Gwendolyn Kistler, ’48, was named Homecoming queen and is pictured with Homecoming court members Norma, c’45, and Shirley Henry, c’44, Pat Penney, c’48, and Chancellor Malott.


The KU football team beat Nebraska 20-0 in the 1944 Homecoming game.

Photo courtesy of University Archives and the Spencer Research Library.

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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