As two leather-helmeted teams
faced off in 1907 at the first annual Turkey Day game, they had no idea that
their knockdown, drag-out game would result in modern day football-not to
mention the longest running classic west of the Mississippi. Kirkwood defeated
Webster Groves 5-0. The rules of the game did not develop until 1910.
The winners of the Turkey Day game were awarded the Frisco Bell, donated
by the Frisco Railroad Company in 1952. The losers of the game must settle for a
consolation prize, the Little Brown Jug, which was lost from 1972 until 1992.
The week of the game is celebrated in both high schools. Students spend
hours decorating the school hallways and dressing up in school colors to promote
school spirit. The pep rally and bonfire the day before the game also help
enliven the Turkey Day atmosphere.
The Webster-Kirkwood Friendship Dance
promotes good will between the two schools. Each school selects a senior girl to
reign as Friendship Queen.
Members of the two communities are also
caught up in the excitement of preparing for Turkey Day activities. The stands
are always packed with fans of all ages from both Webster and Kirkwood. Many
school alumni, friends, and relatives from near and far share in the opportunity
to reunite during the Thanksgiving holiday activities.
the dance, the bonfire, the game, and the sharing of good times with friends are
factors which combine to make Turkey Day a memorable occasion. The result is a
heightening of school spirit, community involvement, and awareness of the
appreciation we have for a very special tradition.