Everett Supt. of Schools Frederick Foresteire already has the best football program, head coach (John DiBiaso), coaching staff, uniforms, and public address announcer [Josh DelGaizo], so why not have the best Homecoming Day in the state as well.
And that’s what we have on Saturday as Mr. Foresteire and his team have organized a full slate of activities for the day beginning at 8 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $5 prepared by Everett High’s award-winning Culinary Arts Department and the cafeteria staff.
The feature attraction of the day – Everett High playing undefeated and No. 2-ranked St. John’s Prep – would be enough to draw a huge crowd to Everett Memorial Stadium but there are other outstanding events preceding the game.
There is a 5-kilometer road race and walk, the Homecoming Hustle, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Everett Police Station on Elm Street.
There will be pre-parade entertainment in Everett Square at 10 a.m. while nationally acclaimed children’s entertainer Johnny the K will provide entertainment in Glendale Square, also at 10 a.m.
The festive parade that steps off at 12 p.m. is always a highlight of the day as it proceeds into Everett Stadium for the pre-game festivities. This year the 1914 EHS football team – which went undefeated and outscored its opponents, 600-0, and won a national championship – will be recognized on the 100th anniversary.
Coach John DiBiaso and his Crimson Tide will try to wrap up the day with a victory over St. John’s Prep but it will be tough challenge for the young squad. St. John’s is 3-0, ranked No. 2 in the state, and is being led by a new coach, former National Football League quarterback Brian St. Pierre.
Football observers are calling the Everett-St. John’s meeting “the game of the day” in eastern Massachusetts.
From breakfast to road race to parade to kickoff, Everett and Everett Memorial Stadium are the places to be this Saturday (rain date is Sunday).
All in all it should be a wonderful Homecoming Day and we thank Mr. Foresteire and the Everett schools for continuing this majestic tradition in our city.