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The Nov. 25, 1964 Gazette devoted nearly a full page to pre-game coverage of the Old Oaken Bucket rivalry between Alexandria’s George Washington and Arlington’s Washington-Lee high schools.

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ASC celebrates Old Oaken Bucket rivalry.

From George Washington High School’s opening in 1935 until 1968, Thanksgiving mornings were synonymous with the pinnacle matchup of Virginia high school football. Residents and visitors braved plummeting temperatures and postponed culinary preparations to attend the grand spectacle of talent and grit known as the Old Oaken Bucket rivalry between GW and Arlington’s Washington-Lee High School.


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