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Students hold court

Burbank, Burroughs high schools introduce royalty during pageantry that’s woven into the biggest football game of the year.

November 15, 2008|By Jeremy Oberstein

Farmer, who plans to attend either Stanford or UC Berkeley to study biology or business, admits that the annual selection of homecoming kings and queens is a popularity contest.

But, he said, the pregame ritual is an important tool to help buoy school sprit.

And spirit was served in equal helpings Friday night.

A crowd officials estimated at up to 9,000 rocked the current version of Memorial Field for what will be the last time, as the facility is soon to be converted into a state-of- the-art stadium.

Student-painted signs, with encouraging messages for fans and football players alike, covered the grandstands as blue-painted Burbank High fans jumped around the field and Burroughs fans with feathers in their hair and red paint on their face yelled for their team.

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“This is a tradition that is so important to the kids,” Burbank Unified School District Supt. Gregory Bowman said.

“It’s a time to step back and enjoy, but also a time to look to the future. It’s wonderful that this is so spirited, so lively, but so respectful.”


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