It wasn’t at home, but everyone except the football team considered this year’s T. C. Williams High School homecoming festivities a success.
The bad news was that the team lost to Annandale, 31 to 0. The good news was that it didn’t rain on the parade or on the crowning of the queen.
“We had a good crowd and the parade went through Bradlee, up Braddock and to Episcopal High School,” said Larry Trice, the T.C. Student Council Association sponsor.
Principal John Porter agreed. “We had as good a crowd as we have in the past few years,” he said. “Despite the fact that we weren’t at home, everyone seemed to have a good time. As a matter of fact, school spirit throughout the week seemed to be stronger than it has been in some years,” he said.
This year’s theme, “Take a Chance on T.C. in 2004” was reflected in the floats. There were dollar signs, dice and casino-type decors. “My picture was even on a face card,” Porter said. “It was a JP card.”
That card was on the senior class float and, Porter said, had nothing to do with why that particular float won first prize. “It was closer this year than in some years but the seniors did win again,” he said.
This year’s homecoming queen was senior Lyndsey Chandler and the king was senior Brandon Sparks. Junior princess was Pebel Segura, sophomore princess, Jasmine Jackson and freshman princess, Naomi Thomas.
“It was a terrific day and a beautiful setting for our homecoming festivities,” said School Board member Kenneth L. Foran. “We truly appreciate Episcopal High School’s generosity in sharing their facility with us.”
The stadium at T.C. Williams is closed for the duration of the construction project at the school — until at least 2007.