Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1987

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 in Campus News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

Twelve student-made floats paraded down Massachusetts Street on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 24, 1987. The Homecoming theme that year was “Great Faces, Great Places.” Overall, Homecoming was a success as more student floats participated in the parade than in years past; unfortunately the Jayhawks lost their football game to Iowa State 42-28.

The Lion, Tinman and Dorothy make their way down the parade route.

The Lion, Tinman and Dorothy— characters from the Wizard of Oz— make their way down the parade route in the photo above.

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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