Homecoming 2021 Activities

Father Ryan's 2021 Homecoming is set for Friday, October 1 in Giacosa Stadium at the Jim Carell Alumni Athletic Center.  Make plans to be there to honor the Class of 1972 - our next Golden Grad class - and cheer on the Irish. Click here to view the map of all event locations.

Event Schedule:

     - Pride in the Pit BBQ Contest:
5:00-6:30pm in the Sunrise Practice Fields. It's back! Our 8th Annual Pride in the Pit BBQ Contest will take place in the practice fields behind Giacosa Stadium. All proceeds will benefit Father Ryan's Mission Trips. Tickets can be purchased for this event at the door for $25 per family of four or $10 per individual. (Season ticket holders have admission to Pride in the Pit included in their ticket package.)  Click here to purchase tickets.

     - Class of '72 "Golden Grad" Tent: 5:00pm in the northwest end of field, closest to the Catignani-Drennan Fieldhouse. The Class of 1972 and their families are invited to watch the game and enjoy the Homecoming festivities from our Golden Grad tent. Click here to RSVP.

     - Junior Irish Night: 5:00-7:00pm on the Academic Lawn. Get your Halloween costumes ready, Junior Irish, or dress in Father Ryan gear, and make plans to join us for our outdoor Junior Irish Night on Friday, October 1 from 5:00-7:00pm on our campus's Academic Lawn. Then join the student body in the traditional walk across the bridge.  All Junior Irish (8th grade and younger) are invited and admission is free. Please note: Pre-Registration is closed, and all swag bags have been reserved. However, walk-ups are welcome to attend the event!

     - Student Tailgate5:00-6:25pm behind the Center for the Arts. All Father Ryan students are welcome at the student tailgate, where Irish spirit is always at a high level.     

     - Alumni Tent: 6:00pm-end of the 1st quarter. Alumni are invited to check-in at our Alumni Tent, which will be next to the Spirit Store. Register for an Alumni Prize Pack valued at $50. Winner will be announced at halftime.

     - Hall of Fame 2021: 6:45pm. Before the game, Father Ryan will celebrate the Class of 2021 of the Athletics Hall of Fame, who will serve as Honorary Captains of the game. 

     - Football Game: Father Ryan vs. Knoxville Catholic High School: 7:00pm kickoff. Don’t miss the presentation of the 2021 Homecoming Court and our former Homecoming Queens at halftime.

End of 1st Quarter
      - Class of 1972 Salute:  At the end of the first quarter, the Class of 1972, Father Ryan's soon-to-be Golden Grads, will be saluted on the field.

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  • Pride in the Pit

    Father Ryan is excited to announce that Pride in the Pit will take place at this year's Homecoming on October 1, 2021. 

    To purchase tickets for this fun event, please click here 

    Tickets are $10 for an individual and $25 for a family of four. All proceeds benefit Father Ryan Mission Trips, and tickets grant you access to sample and vote on your favorite BBQ from all of our pitmaster teams!

    For details on the event, click here

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  • Father Ryan Football

    It's the battle of the Irish as Father Ryan's purple Irish take on Knoxville Catholic's green Irish with more than just bragging rights on the line at this Homecoming football game. Kickoff is at 7:00pm, and gates open at 5:00pm.

    Go Irish!

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  • Junior Irish Night

    Junior Irish Night
    All Junior Irish welcome
    October 1, 2021
    Father Ryan's Academic Lawn

    Get your costumes ready, Junior Irish, and make plans to join us for our outdoor Junior Irish Night on Friday, October 1 from 5:00-7:00pm on our campus's Academic Lawn.

    Here's the schedule for the evening:

    : Junior Irish Night opens, and Junior Irish are invited to come in Halloween costumes, Father Ryan gear, or dress Hawaiian, our theme announced by the Jungle, our Father Ryan student section.  There will also be swag bags with Father Ryan gear, carnival and lawn games, a DJ, and more!

    6:35pm: Line up with our Student Body as the Marching Band leads them across the bridge to Giacosa Stadium to cheer on the Irish!

    Registration is required in order to secure your swag bag. Click here to RSVP

    Please note: Parent(s) will need to purchase a gameday ticket to enter the stadium. All children who are registered for Junior Irish Night will receive free admission to the game.

    For Father Ryan Gameday parking information, please visit: www.fatherryan.org/gamedayparking

    With questions, contact the Admissions Team at admissions@fatherryan.org

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  • Homecoming Queen

    It happens at halftime, in the middle of the field, with an abundance of elegance and style. For at the center of every Homecoming Night is the presentation of the Homecoming Queen, a title proudly held at Father Ryan High School.

    For more than 65 years Father Ryan's Homecoming Queens have been the highlight of these memorable evenings. Whether the Court was made up of ladies from Cathedral High School, St. Bernard Academy or St. Cecilia Academy, as it was before 1971, or from Father Ryan ever since, the pride has always been on display.

    We are welcoming back our Homecoming Queens from the upcoming reunion years (classes ending in 2s and 7s). In addition, we have also invited all Homecoming Queens from 1949-1970 to join us. We will be presenting them at halftime on Homecoming Night prior to the introduction of the 2021 Court and Queen.

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  • Honoring our Newest Golden Grad Class

    Every year at Homecoming, we honor our Golden Grads, the alumni class that will be celebrating their 50 year reunion in this upcoming calendar year. 

    This year we will be saluting and honoring graduates from the Class of 1972 after the first quarter of the football game.