Elon Homecoming 30 years ago

Pam Richter – Class of 2011
Oct. 21, 2009

During the weekend of October 23-25, 2009, thousands of alumni will be returning to Elon’s campus for Homecoming events. They will reminisce on some of their best and most cherished moments here at Elon. The weekend’s festivities will be highlighted by the football game on Saturday as well as the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game.

Photo of the first African American Homecoming Queen, Mary Carroll. Photo courtesy of Belk Library Archives.

Photo of the first African American Homecoming Queen, Mary Carroll. Photo courtesy of Belk Library Archives.

The year 1979 was a groundbreaking year for Homecoming festivities at the university.  Mary Carroll was the first African American named to the court, when she was crowned Homecoming Queen in 1979.

Carroll graduated Elon University in 1981 and was a Human Services major.

“There were no expectations, there was never any thought of what if I win because you never expected to win you know,” said Carroll in an interview with L’Tanya Richmond in December of 2004.

Shortly after Carroll was crowned queen, another African American was named to the court.  Gloria Goode, class of 1985, was named Homecoming Queen in 1983.

Join Elon during Homecoming 2009 in celebrating many milestones and achievements at the university.

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100 years of Elon football

Pam Richter – Class of 2011
Sept. 15, 2009

The 2009 Elon football team marks the 100th year in school history for the sport. Elon’s first intercollegiate football team was in 1909 and was coached by Reddie Rowe.

Leon Edgar Smith, Elon’s former president from 1931-1957, played on the 1909 team while he was a student. Smith graduated from Elon in 1910.

The 1909 Elon college football team pictured under the Senior Oak in front of West Dormitory.

The 1909 Elon college football team pictured under the Senior Oak in front of West Dormitory.

Other notable members of the first team include: J.W. Barney, C.C. Fonville and Russell A. Campbell.

Elon’s first practice game that season was against Greensboro High School, where Elon was defeated 60-0. This game was played on the lawn outside of West Dormitory. In its first regular season game Elon defeated Bingham Military 11-6. The 1909 team finished the season with a 4-1 record.

After the 1909 season, intercollegiate football was abolished at Elon College for 10 years. The faculty said players were missing too many classes.

Intercollegiate football resumed in 1919 and was played every year until 1941. Elon College abolished all intercollegiate sports until after WWII. Football resumed at the school in 1946 under head coach Hap Perry.