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PHS, DHS Traditions: Game and Alumni Dance

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PHS, DHS Traditions: Game and Alumni Dance
Posted on 11/14/2018
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Alumni and other supporters of Portland High School and Deering High School will have the opportunity over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to celebrate with two traditions: the annual Turkey Day football game between the two schools on Nov. 22 and a revival of the annual alumni dance on Nov. 23. Both are a chance to have an enjoyable time while reconnecting with former classmates and friends – and maybe making some new ones!

The 107th Annual Thanksgiving Day Game between Deering and Portland high schools will take place at Deering’s Memorial Stadium on Nov. 22. Kickoff is 10:30 a.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle, halftime prizes and online ticketing access. Regular admission is $5, and just $2 for students, military members and seniors. Tickets can be bought at the game or through the athletic office of either school. For more information, contact Mel Craig at Deering Athletics, 874-8164, or Rob O’Leary at Portland Athletics, 874-8250.

The PHS DHS Alumni Dance Revival is on Friday, Nov. 23, at the Italian Heritage Center.  “Concession Stand” food will be available at 6:30 p.m. and the Carmine Terraciano Band performs at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. There will be a 50/50 raffle and alumni t-shirts will be available for $10. All proceeds go to benefit both schools. For tickets, call the Italian Heritage Center at 772-2500 or Darlene at 899-5356.

The alumni dance was previously held at the Portland Expo and was very popular in the late 1980s and 1990s, said Kimberly Wike, Portland High School assistant principal. At some point in the evening, alumni from each school would sing their school song, she said. “I actually started attending the dance back in 1995 when it was held at the Exposition Building,” Wike said. “It was a blast.”

The dance fell by the wayside in the 2000s, but now some alumni from both schools are bringing it back and hope it will again become an annual tradition at an even larger venue, Wike said. 

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