The idea of homecoming — the tradition of welcoming back alumni to their alma mater in a festival-like atmosphere — has existed since the late 1800s. In Wilton, homecoming will take place this Saturday at Fujitani Field when the Warriors welcome the Branford High School Hornets.
There is no clear answer as to who hosted the first homecoming. Baylor University in Texas has made its own claim, hosting a reunion in 1909. The University of Missouri hosted its bitter rivals, Kansas, in 1911. To promote the game, Mizzou athletic director Chester Brewer invited alumni and former residents to “come home.”