In the 100 years of Homecoming celebrations here at OSU, the festivities really haven’t changed much, unlike the hairstyles, fashion, automobile designs, etc. (see photos below). Since the 1920s, students have decorated their houses and dorms in honor of the event. As parade floats became more popular in the 1970s, though, the art of decorating Greek houses declined. Still, many campus venues continue to be decorated with scarlet and gray.

No matter how it’s celebrated, Homecoming obviously is one Ohio State’s time-honored traditions. We hope everyone in the OSU community enjoys the weekend!

Homecoming decoration on the Oval, “The Old Lady and the Shoe”, 1920s


Homecoming parade, 1929


Homecoming court arriving at the Stadium, 1944


Decorations on fraternity house, 1946


Homecoming decorations, 1952


Beta Theta Pi homecoming decorations, 1954


Decorations in front of the North Dorms, 1964


Homecoming parade, 1985


Homecoming parade, 1998