Elgin Academy Hilltopper Homecoming

Once Upon a Hilltop, Celebrating our Stories!

Homecoming is one of the long-standing traditions at Elgin Academy that brings students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni together to celebrate our school and our community. We hope you will join the festivities on campus this weekend!

Homecoming Event - Friday, September 24, 2021

Homecoming Parade - 5:00 p.m.

Join us for the Elgin Academy parade beginning at 5:00 p.m. The route includes Park Street and Academy Place. Parents, please choose a spot to watch on either of these streets.

4:30 - Parade line up

  • PS- 4th grade students meet in the field by the playground north of the gym.
  • Middle School students meet at the MS gate on the grass along College Street.
  • Upper School students meet in the parking lot behind the gym.

The parade will end on Kimball Street in front of the Rider Center. Parents of PS- 4th graders please pick up your child from their teacher in the field by the playground. MS and US students will be dismissed on the quad after the parade. Parents, please remember it is your responsibility to supervise your children at the homecoming activities.  

Homecoming Celebration - 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Elgin Academy families are encouraged to stay for activities, DJ, and food on the quad. Help cheer on our Hilltoppers at the Homecoming Volleyball games. 

Kids Games and Activities 5:30-7:00  

DJ 5:00-8:30

Food Vendors 5:30-8:30

  • Francisco’s Street Tacos
  • Jimmy Johns
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • EAPA Bake Sale

Athletics 5:30 to 8:30 (in the gym) 

  • Middle School at 5:30 p.m. (vs Benjamin Middle School)
  • Upper School JV at 6:30 p.m. (vs Larkin High School)
  • Upper School Varsity at 7:30 p.m. (vs Larkin High School)

Please note, we will be limiting capacity in the gym and masks will be required for individuals while in the gym. Middle School students and the parents of players will be welcome during the Middle School matches. Upper School students and parents of players will be welcome to join the Upper School matches. Visiting team parents and students will be allowed at the games. For those unable to be in the gym, we are hoping to offer a streaming option on the quad.

Parking Information

Additional parking is available at the following local businesses: 

  • Madison Funeral Home (305 Park St, Elgin) After 5:00 p.m. 
  • Ace Hardware (215 N Spring St, Elgin) East side of the lot only, do not park in front of the building.
  • Pittsburgh Paints (266 Kimball St, Elgin) East side of the lot only, do not park next to the building.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Friday events. Please remember that if you need to go into buildings on campus, including the gym, masks will be required. Thank you.

Homecoming Activities – Saturday, September 25, 2021

Join us at the Elgin Academy Athletic Fields (658 Franklin Street) for a variety of athletic activities, food, and family fun.

Intramural Events - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All students in each division are welcome to participate or just watch and enjoy the games.  Students and families are encouraged to stay to cheer on students from other divisions. 

Intramural Schedule

  • Lower School Activities - 11:00-12:00
  • Middle School Activities - 12:00-1:00
    • 12:00 to 12:15 - Capture the Flag
    • 12:20 to 12:35 - Soccer Game
    • 12:40 to 1:00 - Hide and Seek Tag
  • Upper School Activities - 1:00-3:00
    • 1:00-1:40 Girls Football Game, 
    • 1:40-2:20  Boys Football Game 
    • 2:20-3:00 Co-Ed Soccer Game

Food Vendors 

  • Jimmy John’s 11:30-3:00
  • Domino’s Pizza 11:30 - 3:00
  • Athletic Department Grill - 12:00-3:00

If you would like to volunteer to help Coach Rick with the grilling, set-up, or selling concessions please email him at rwilliams@elginacademy.org  

Away Matches on Saturday Morning

Cheer on our Hilltoppers at their local away matches Saturday morning before the events at the fields.

  • US Girls Tennis (at Larkin) - 9:00 a.m.
  • US Cross Country (at Harvest) - 9:00 a.m.

Parking Information

Additional parking is available at the following: 

  • Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church (40 Grand Blvd, Elgin)

Homecoming Activities – Saturday, September 25, 2021

Middle School Homecoming Party - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

During this two-hour party, all Middle School students (grades 5-8) are welcome to join us for a movie and games on the first floor of Sears Hall. 

Upper School Homecoming Dance - 8:30 to10:30 p.m.

The Upper School Homecoming Dance will be held outdoors on the quad this year.  All Upper School students are welcome to attend.  Semi-formal attire is encouraged. 




We have been evaluating our plans for Homecoming Saturday, and we would love to grill some burgers and hot dogs, in addition to having Jimmy Johns and Dominos available for purchase. We will use our school's gas grills down at the fields while the various activities are happening for students of all age levels. If you can spare some time between 11:30 and 3:00, we would love to have you behind the grill! To volunteer please contact Rick Williams at rwilliams@elginacademy.org 


In the absence of an in-person Homecoming last year, we introduced the Virtual Dunk Tank to help fundraise for student clubs and activities. It was enormously successful and our generous students, parents, faculty, and alumni came together and donated $2,400, which more than doubled our original goal!  

Elgin Academy’s  2nd Annual "VDT" will be on the morning of Friday, September 24th. The entire school will gather on the quad to watch Foxman dump Gatorade on our athletic directors, color splash and throw a pie in the face of our administrators and soak the Head of School with water balloons. Plus we have added a special twist! The number of water balloons will depend on the number of donations. Each donation will equal a balloon. That means 100 donations equals 100 balloons! Oh, and of course we will video the whole event and post it for all to view!  

Our Goal This Year is $3,000! Join the fun and please support our student clubs and activities. Donate today and help unlock the challenges below! Hurry, the Virtual Dunk Tank closes at 11:55 p.m. on Thursday, September 23th!

In case you missed it, here is the video from the Homecoming 2020 Virtual Dunk Tank!



We are so excited for the return of in-person Homecoming to our campus on Friday, September 24th. We are looking for volunteers to assist with setting up the event on that morning, as well as volunteers to assist with selling bake sale items and running kids' activities during the evening festivities. Please sign up here to assist (click the tabs at the top to see the different opportunities). Thank you!


Volunteers are needed to donate treats for the EAPA Homecoming Bake Sale. We are in need of a variety of baked goods. They can be homemade, purchased from a bakery, or store-bought individual prepackaged goods.  Please sign up online to provide treats so we can plan for quantity and variety at the sale. Click for more details.

Bakesale items should be dropped off during the morning carline on Friday, September 24th. Volunteers will be available to collect them, you don't even have to get out of your car!