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In addition to more familiar titles like “Homecoming King,” or “Mr. UH,” the campus once celebrated the dubious distinction of “King Ugly.” Here, Homecoming Queen Rosalie Chrodo presents the award to Wayne Dessens at the Homecoming Dance.…

On November 23, 1968, Lynn Eusan was crowned the University of Houston’s first African-American homecoming queen and in turn became the first African-American Homecoming Queen at a predominantly white University in the South. On the field, the…

1996 marked 50 years of homecoming celebrations at the University of Houston. That year, the football team returned to campus, playing homecoming and other home games in Robertson Stadium. Shasta and Sasha greeted the court at halftime, and the…

Students on campus worked to prepare for the homecoming activities and welcome visitors to campus. In the fall of 1947, one very special arrival came to campus: UH’s first live mascot. Following a contest to name the cougar, Shasta’s name was…

Beginning in 1950, a homecoming parade wound through downtown Houston. 1951’s Homecoming celebration was dedicated to the Cullen family, and the winning float was a replica of the front of the Ezekiel Cullen Building with “Win for the Cullens”…

The 1984 homecoming parade returned to downtown Houston for the first time in over 30 years. Track star Carl Lewis, winner of 4 gold medals at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, served as the parade’s honorary Grand Marshal.

Following the construction of the “8th Wonder of the World,” the UH football team played the 1965 season (and many thereafter) in the Astrodome. On November 6 the homecoming game saw the Cougars upset heavily-favored Ole Miss 17-3. Bo Burris’…

Renu Khator’s formal investiture as UH Chancellor and President took place on November 7, 2008 as a part of homecoming weekend. Khator declared, “It is fitting that the investiture will be part of this year’s homecoming festivities. Just as…

In the homecoming match-up, the football team defeated Arkansas 20-9. The team went on to win the Southwest Conference and play in the Cotton Bowl. Between 1976 and 1979, UH won the conference three times and made three Cotton Bowl appearances.

In a match for the record books, Houston and Texas Christian University broke the NCAA record for the most passing yards in a game. With UH’s David Klinger passing for 563 yards and TCU’s Matt Vogler throwing for 690, sixth-ranked Houston…
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