Shawnee High School's basketball team is set to play Guthrie Tuesday, but when they do, the game will go on without the glitz and glamor of the annual homecoming event.

Shawnee High School's basketball team is set to play Guthrie Tuesday, but when they do, the game will go on without the glitz and glamor of the annual homecoming event.

Traditionally, an annual homecoming game — which is said to have started around 1911 with college football — is played on a school's home field, often with pep rallies and/or parades. The marching band entertains students and returning alumni before the coronation of a homecoming queen and her court; typically a dance is planned afterward. All variants of such activities are designed to work together to rally school pride.

Just a week before the slated event, rumors started circulating that homecoming was being cancelled.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed to be true.

SHS Assistant Athletic Director Ron Arthur said though the game against the Guthrie Bluejays is on as scheduled, he confirmed there will not be a homecoming celebration to go with it.

“It was a student council decision — with support from administration — due to not having enough time to pick candidates, vote and get the proper attire," he said.

Superintendent Dr. April Grace said she was not involved in the decision as it would have been a site-level decision.

“It sounds like the appropriate people were involved in the decision,” she said, “... as to why they did not have enough time, I can't say.”

It is unknown but assumed at this time the decision to cut the homecoming event next week is an isolated occurrence.

“As to how parents or others may feel — given it is a long-standing tradition — I would say any time a tradition is altered in some way it can be potentially disappointing for any number of people,” Grace said. “I do not know all the circumstances surrounding the decision, but I have confidence in all the parties involved to have made what they believed to be the best decision at this time.”

Attempts to get comment from officials at the high school yielded no response.

Watch for updates.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.