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History of Turkey Day

  • The first officially recorded Thanksgiving Day football game between Kirkwood High School (KHS) and neighboring Webster Groves High School (WGHS) was held in 1907. Since then, with only a few exceptions, the two schools have met each year on the football field to compete for the “Turkey Day Championship” and the coveted Frisco Bell trophy. More than just a football game, Turkey Day has become a celebration of spirit and pride for both communities.

    In anticipation of the 2021 football game, KSD students and alumni will begin the “Turkey Day Game” countdown in November with special activities throughout the month and during Spirit Week.

Spirit Week Events

  • Monday – November 22 – Tacky Day
    KSD students and staff wear orange and black, Webster’s colors, to school.

    Monday event, November 22 – Hall Decorating
    KHS clubs and grade levels decorate the halls with spectacular displays emphasizing a Turkey Day theme and team pride. 

    Tuesday, November 23 – Spirit Day
    KSD students and staff wear red and white to show “Pioneer Pride.” 

    Tuesday, November 23 – 1:50 p.m.
    KHS Pep Assembly in the David Holley Assembly Hall closes out the school day.

    Wednesday, November 24, 7-9 p.m.
    Pep Rally in David Holley Assembly Hall followed by a traditional bonfire on the field behind David Holley Assembly Hall. 

    Guests are invited to either watch the Pep Rally from inside David Holley Assembly Hall or outside on video screens. Outside spectators can watch on the field hockey fields.

Chili Bowl 2021

  • Kirkwood School District Foundation Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off:

    KSDF will host the 25th annual Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off in the KHS Walker Commons and Cafeteria. Community members are invited to sample chili prepared by area restaurants and vote for the best chili in town. Tickets can only be purchased online in advance and are sold out.

Turkey Day Ticket Sales Information

  • Kick-off for the main event – the Turkey Day Game – is at noon at E.L. Lyons Memorial Stadium. Tickets are available in all KSD schools and the District’s central office now through November 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from advanced tickets sold in Kirkwood are contributed to KHS programs. Proceeds from tickets sold at the gate are divided between Kirkwood and Webster Groves. Tickets are $7 in advance for everyone and $10 at the gate. Kids six and under are free. We do not accept credit. Cash or checks may be made payable to “KHS.” For additional information, please call the KHS Athletic Department at 314-213-6116.

    Online ticket sales are available by visiting: https://www.kirkwoodschools.org/khsathletics

    Media Outlets for Football Game:
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMIaRpRp_9by9CW5qcSyN_A
    Radio:  550 KTRS

Alumni Events

  • Sunday – November 21 – Cheerleading Alumni to practice for Pep Rally later in the week

    An alumni cheerleading practice is scheduled for Sunday, November 21 from 4-7 p.m. in the David Holley Assembly Hall to practice for the Pep Rally later in the week. Please contact KHS Cheerleading coach Kristan Stroup at kristan.stroup@kirkwoodschools.org.

    Thursday, November 25, 7:30 a.m. – KHS Wrestling Alumni and Girls and Boys Cross Country Alumni

    Current members and alumni of the KHSD Wresting and cross country teams are invited to run in the 39th Annual Kirkwood Webster Turkey Day Run in downtown Kirkwood. Meet at the Kirkwood Train Station at 7:15 a.m. and the 3-mile race starts at 7:30 a.m. The Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Department and the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Department sponsor the run. To register, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/Kirkwood/KirkwoodWebsterTurkeyDayRun

    Friday, November 26, 3 p.m.

    All KHS water polo alumni and friends are invited to participate in the annual Turkey Day Water Polo Game on Friday, November 26 at 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Walker Natatorium at KHS. Please contact Rob Peglar (Head Water Polo Coach) at 314-308-6983 or robert.peglar@kirkwoodschools.org with questions.