Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1953

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 in Campus 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.

For many years it was a tradition for the Homecoming football game to be played against the Missouri Tigers, and that was the case for Homecoming 1953. Members of the Delta Gamma sorority decorated their lawn, taking inspiration from the well-established rivalry: “Mi-Zoo Tiger: Our Biggest Catch.”

Unfortunately, the Jayhawks were not victorious in 1953, losing to the Tigers 6-10.


Image courtesy of University Archives and the Kenneth 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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