While the recent tornado left campus damaged and inaccessible, St. Mark’s Homecoming continued thanks to the generosity of its fellow schools. On Friday, October 25, 2019, the Hockaday School welcomed the Lions into the Penson Athletic Center for their varsity volleyball game against the Greenhill Hornets. With the support of an energetic student section, the Lions roared to a 3-0 win (25-23, 26-24, 25-15).
Homecoming then moved to the Greenhill School for the varsity football game. While they may be rivals on the field, Greenhill did everything possible to make St. Mark’s feel at home, including repainting their yard lines and wrapping the goalposts with Lions padding. On either side of the field, St. Mark’s hung banners reading “St. Mark’s ♥ Greenhill: Strong. Together.”
“Something like this transcends competitive sports,” St. Mark’s Athletic Director Sean Lissemore told CBS11 News. “A disaster like this just brings everyone together.”
Despite a cold drizzle, the St. Mark’s community was out in force, sporting “St. Mark’s Strong” pins and cheering the Lions to a 25-0 victory. Traditions remained strong, with the presentation of the Homecoming court at halftime and recognition of senior players, band members, cheerleaders, athletic trainers, Spurs, and Super Fan Men. The celebration continued on Saturday, as Upper School Marksmen held their Homecoming Dance at the House of Blues in Dallas. Kasen Roberson ’20 and Ellie Estes (Hockaday) were named Homecoming King and Queen.