AKRON, Ohio - If you walk on the grounds of Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, you're likely to be greeted by people in masks telling you to SHH! Why? Friday is the 50th anniversary of the Mum Day tradition.
It was started in 1962 by some Hoban students who wanted to create a unique tradition for the big game. The Knights will take on the hated St. Vincent-St. Mary at 7 p.m. Friday night at Infocision Stadium.
Students came to school Friday morning to the sound of a drum beat and colorful streamers placed strategically inside and outside of the school.
The school's website said, "In recent years seniors have had an all-night lock-in the night before, when they decorate the building with posters and streamers."
Teachers are even on the the tradition. When they teach Friday, it will be in complete silence. Not a single word will be mouthed. So how do students get their education, you ask? Different techniques the skillful teachers are unleashing include giving instructions through that device Steve Jobs so aptly named "The iPad." Others are going back to the basics by writing instructions on the chalk board.
At around 2 p.m., students and faculty alike will get to scream, rejoice, and let out all eight hours of pent-up joy as they cheer for their beloved football team. That will happen at the pep rally inside the gym.
NewsChannel5's Michael Baldwin will be at the school for the big event. Keep checking newsnet5.com for the latest on how the day goes.
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