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DHS 150th Homecoming Oct. 12, 13!

Deering High School, an institution steeped in history, will turn 150 during the 2023-2024 school year. To celebrate, Deering announces its 150th Homecoming celebration. This isn't just any ordinary homecoming; it's a historic occasion to bring together generations of “Ramilies” (Deering students and families), alumni and Deering neighbors for celebratory events Oct. 12-13.

Deering High School was established in 1874. Students were housed in numerous buildings over the years but the current building dates back more than a century, to 1922.

Homecoming Week Highlights:

Thursday, Oct. 12, Pep Rally and Varsity Boys Soccer Game vs. Portland HS: The excitement kicks off with a great pep rally Thursday afternoon and our varsity home soccer game (@5pm) vs. the rival Bulldogs. Join us for an electrifying atmosphere as we rally behind our student-athletes and showcase the timeless spirit of Deering High School.

Friday, Oct. 13, Grand Homecoming Celebration: The main event arrives as we gather to cheer on our Varsity Football Team vs. Gorham HS (@6pm). Expect a spectacle of school pride, community spirit, and unforgettable moments. We are hosting a tailgating event prior to the start of the game so pack your gears and reserve your parking spot for a great kick off to the night. Reconnect with old friends, reminisce about your time at Deering, and make new memories that will last a lifetime.

Saturday, Oct. 14, Homecoming Dance (DEERING STUDENTS ONLY): Don't miss the Homecoming dance, hosted by the athletic department, on Saturday night in the gym. It's a chance for Deering students to dance the night away and create memories that will be cherished for years to come. Get your dancing shoes ready for a night of fun, music, and celebration.

Who's Invited? Deering High School extends a warm invitation to all Ramilies, Deering neighbors, and Deering alumni, near and far. Whether you're a recent graduate or a seasoned alum, whether you live down the street or across the globe, we want you to be part of this historic celebration.

Stay Tuned: Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as Deering unveils more exciting details about Homecoming Week. Trust us; you won't want to miss out on any of the surprises and events we have in store for you.

Save the Dates: Mark your calendars for festivities like no other, from October 12th to October 13th. We're counting down the days until we can celebrate with all of you!

The Deering High School community is eager to celebrate 150 years of tradition, achievement, and community spirit with all of our cherished Ramilies, neighbors, and alumni. Join us for a Homecoming like never before, where we honor the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to an even brighter future.

For press inquiries or more information, please contact: Deering High School, 370 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103

Email: Heather Sawyer, DHS faculty,

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Established in 1874, Deering High School has been a cornerstone of education, community, and tradition in Portland, Maine, for 150 years. As a Portland Public Schools high school, Deering’s commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and unity continues to shape the future of the school’s students and community.

The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with approximately 6,500 students, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 50 languages. 49.8 percent of the district’s students are white and 50.2 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.