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Ilion High School Customs & Traditions
Customs and traditions played an important part in the Ilion High School. Every year certain events occured, throughout the term, which were remembered for many years. Among these are -- Homecoming Weekend, Senior Christmas Ball, Parents' Night at the last basketball game, Senior Class Day, the Junior Prom, and "PaintNight"..
Pages on all the traditions will be available in the navigation bar at the top of this page. Updated August 22, 2014
The Alma Mater lyrics were written by Edna Brand McGowan, Class of 1905. Edna's words, set to the tune of Cornell's "Far Above Cayuga's Waters", were selected as the winning entry in a contest held to determine the lyrics.
Nickname: Golden Bombers
The Ilion Central School's nickname of the "Golden Bomber" can be traced back to the year 1935. A reporter from the Utica OBSERVER-DISPATCH by the name of William Malloy used the reference in his write-ups of the 1935 football squad. In that year, the Ilion team was outfitted in beautiful gold uniforms. The name seemed to stick, and since that time has become the nickname associated with our school in all of our activities.
School Seal and Coat of Arms
Mascot: Bomber Bear
Athletic Awards: The Lever Cup
Senior Dress Down Day
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