By Kevin Biggiani
On a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon, Oyster Bay High School hosted Homecoming 2021 for all students and staff.
Homecoming 2021 began with a parade filled with pageantry on the streets of downtown Oyster Bay. The parade route was lined with spectators wearing the high school’s colors of purple and gold; school spirit was in the air. The atmosphere was electric. The whole town was anticipating the Baymen getting a big win over their arch rival, the Friends Academy Quakers, later that afternoon.
Leading off the parade was the Oyster Bay High School Pep Band. They played “Hail Oyster Bay” as members proudly marched from Oyster Bay High School toward Memorial Field. Following were beautiful floats created by the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes of the high school. Gianna Murphy, Elisia Gallo, Jonah Gluck and Dakota Matt, the Homecoming Royal Court, waved to the crowd as they drove by. Also in the parade were administrators, faculty, and students from Oyster Bay High School, James H. Vernon School and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Legislator Josh Lafazan and his team also marched in the parade. To complete the festivities were fire trucks from the Oyster Bay and East Norwich Fire Departments with their truck sirens blaring, further pumping up the crowd for the football game that would soon follow.
Just before 3:00 pm, the Baymen football team entered Memorial Field with the American Flag waving majestically to a cheering, standing-room only crowd. The football team did not disappoint, as the Baymen dominated the Quakers throughout the game. The varsity cheerleaders proudly performed amazing routines flawlessly. The pep band played fight songs throughout the game, and lip sync routines were enthusiastically performed by members of the junior and senior classes during halftime. When the game clock ran its course, Oyster Bay had defeated Friends Academy 34-0 to the delight of the entire Oyster Bay crowd. It was a true team effort, and several Baymen scored touchdowns and made outstanding defensive plays to preserve the shutout.
In every aspect imaginable, Homecoming 2021 was a great success! One of the school’s administrators in attendance, Dr. Joseph Pesqueira, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, said it best when sharing his impression of the event. He stated, "It was amazing to feel the excitement of the students, staff, and community as Homecoming returned in 2021 after being cancelled in 2020. While Homecoming at Oyster Bay has always been special, this year felt a little more special. The smiles on everyone's faces as we marched down Main St. towards Memorial Field was something I will never forget. For the first time in a long time, things felt normal!"