Homecoming weekend at Oberlin means student and alumni celebrations, rekindled memories, activities all over campus, and cheering on our varsity teams.
For many years, Homecoming also brought out a different kind of competitive spirit: an annual dorm-decorating contest that elevated the big game—and the accompanying Obie pride—to the front yards of residence halls and houses all over campus.
Each year, dorms were judged on Saturday morning, with the winning house announced at halftime of the football game—and a handsome trophy presented to the winning house, whose residents displayed it proudly until the following year’s competition.
The tradition can be traced to at least the 1930s and lasted at least until the late ’70s, when it took the shape of a best-banner contest.
Following is a glimpse of Homecoming dorm-decorating competitions past. The times may be changing, but the Obie pride is clear as ever. (All photos courtesy of Oberlin College Archives.)
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