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Turkey Week activities

11/13/2023 - 

The first officially recorded Thanksgiving Day football game between Webster Groves High School and Kirkwood High School 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 2023 football game, Webster Groves High School students began celebrating Turkey Day with the Friendship Dance which was held at Webster Groves High School on November 4.  Throughout the month, students, alumni and the community will celebrate in a variety of ways leading up to the Turkey Day game, which will be played at Kirkwood this year.   

WGSD schools host a variety of activities including spirit days with specific themes, community gatherings, a run and service projects.

The week of Thanksgiving, the community is invited to show their Webster Groves pride by joining us in the following:

Monday, Nov. 20 – Tacky Day
Wear red and white, Kirkwood's colors.

Tuesday, Nov. 21 – Spirit Day

Throughout the school district and community, everyone is encouraged to wear orange and black to show your "Statesmen pride.”  Additionally, high school students and staff decorate their classroom doors with turkey day themes and each class makes a banner to show their spirit.  The Statesmen football team and cheerleaders will have a luncheon at the Hawken House sponsored by the Lions Club and WGHS students will have a pep rally at the end of the day featuring the annual senior line dance to celebrate their Statesmen spirit.

Wednesday, Nov. 22 - Chili Fest
The WGHS Parent's Club will host the annual Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off from 5:00 - 7:00 PM in the WGHS cafeteria, PV Commons and courtyard. Community members are invited to sample chili prepared by "amateurs", comprised of parents from the classes of 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027,  along with "professionals," which includes area restaurants The Parkmoor, Highway 61 Roadhouse, Robust, Llywelyn's Pub, O+O Pizza, Wok and Roll and Madrina.  Community members can cast their votes for the best chili after the sampling. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at  

Wednesday, November 22 - Community Pep Rally
The Pep Rally in Roberts Gym will begin at 7 p.m.  All community members are invited to attend.  

Thursday, Nov. 23 - Turkey Day Game 
Kick-off for the main event - the Turkey Day Game - is at noon at E.L. Lyons Memorial Stadium in Kirkwood.

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets online, visit the Be sure to select "Webster Presale General Admission" online for proceeds to stay in Webster. Tickets can also be purchased at the game.

Proceeds from advanced tickets sold online are distributed to WGHS programs. Proceeds from tickets sold at the gate are divided between Webster Groves and Kirkwood.

Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. Kids six and under are free. 

For additional information, please call the WGHS Athletic Department at 314-918-4176.

Media Outlets for Football Game:

Big 550 with Jim Powers and Radio 63119 with Randy Mohlman
KWRH 92.9FM (Webster, Kirkwood and surrounding areas)
102.9FM KXOK
The game will be live-streamed on Then, search for "Webster."


Tuesday, November 21 - Young Alumni Meet and Greet

Alumni who graduated between 2019 and 2023 are invited to WGHS at 3:45 PM on Tuesday, November 21 to visit with teachers, staff and other alumni.  For questions about this event, please contact  

Friday, November 24 - Alumni Soccer Game

Alumni who played soccer are invited to the annual alumni soccer game at Selma Field (across from WGHS) at 10:00 AM.  Please contact Tim Velten at with any questions.