Arizona defeated Pomona College 7-6 on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1914, in the Wildcats’ first homecoming game.
1926: Homecoming snapshots from 1926 from the 1927 Desert Yearbook, including the parade through downtown Tucson.
1934: Homecoming week as presented in the 1935 Desert Yearbook.
1932: The Kappa Alpha Theta float, an airplane called the Spirit of A, on University Boulevard at UA Homecoming circa 1932-35.
1931: UA Homecoming game against Rice was the first played under stadium lights. Rice "broke a string of gridiron Homecoming day victories, which lasted since 1915, to mercilessly trounce the Cats, 32-0," according to the 1932 Desert yearbook.
1928: Arizona battled New Mexico to a 6-6 tie on Homecoming day in 1928. The Desert Yearbook notes, "Arizona underrated the strength of the Lobos and did not take advantage of chances to score until it was too late." The team would have settled for a tie the following week, when they faced n…
1925: The 1926 UA Desert yearbook details the 1925 Homecoming game against the Nevada Wolfpack: "The game ended in a 0-0, but it was clearly a moral victory for the crippled and desperate group of Wildcats. For four heartbreaking quarters they held, and at times outplayed, a startled and won…
1923: "Yell leaders" during the 1923 UA football season. Gotta love the hats.
1922: Florine Pinson, a junior English major from Miami, Ariz, was selected as "Queen of the 1923 Desert" yearbook. It's not Homecoming royalty (though possibly a predecessor), since the first official Homecoming queen was crowned until 1947. Besides, traditional Homecoming royalty typically…
1921: UA football team, seen in this photo playing against Whittier College, shellacked an embarrassed and overmatched New Mexico Military Institute, 110-0.
1920: The 1920-21 UA football team caption and quarterback "Slony" Slonaker led the team to victory with a broken rib on the last two games of the season, New Mexico and Redlands.
1918: The "Seniors" chapter page from the 1919 University of Arizona yearbook, which shows an American warplane. There was no Homecoming or football that season due to World War I.
1916: University of Arizona football team in the 1916-17 UA yearbook. The team beat the New Mexico Aggies at the 1916 homecoming game, 73-0. The game synopsis in the yearbook included this line: "At the beginning of the season Coach McKale stated that he would rather win the Aggie game than …
1915: University of Arizona Wildcat Mascot "Rufus Arizona." The original mascot, first called, "Tom Easter", arrived on campus on October 17, 1915, and was introduced to the student body the following day at assembly in Herring Hall. He was the gift of the freshman, who, with George Schreer,…
1914: The University of Arizona defeated Pomona College, 7-6, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1914, at the first Homecoming game. The Wildcats got their name that year after a tough football game against the Occidental College Tigers on November 7, 1914. The team "showed the fight of Wildcats,…
1937: Homecoming parade. The Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 9-7 on November 20, 1937.
1917: "Big Bill" McGowan, center, played right tackle and even handled punting the ball. He was elected captain of the UA football team that defeated Whittier College at the 1917 Homecoming game. He joined the military at the end of the school year to fight in World War I.
1933: Desert Yearbook makes no reference of the 1933 Homecoming. However, Arizona won its last two games of the season, against NAU and Whittier College.
1927: The 1928 UA Desert Yearbook referred to the 1927 Homecoming against at UCLA as one of the best of the season. "The Bruins came here with the idea that the tussle would be a practice game, but the learned differently from the start." The clincher was a pass to to "Swede" Sorenson in the…
1924: The 1925 UA Desert Yearbook makes one of the first yearbook references to the homecoming during the recap of the 1924 game against the California Aggies: "The annual Homecoming Day football classic found the Wildcats in tip top form, and for the first time throughout the season, the te…
1919: Texas Miners 0, UA 46. The Homecoming game was Occidental, which UA won, 27-0.
1970: Rufus the Wildcat died in October, 1970, before the Homecoming game against Air Force. The Desert Yearbook said the autopsy indicated stress brought on by an ulcerous condition or a virus. The veterinarian was quoted as saying the games "were a terrible stress on the animal." The ASUA …
1969: Students protesters of Vietnam War gathered around a coffin with an American flag draped over it. Students listen to Reverend Don Eckstrom read scripture aloud at the University of Arizona mall during the 1969 UA Homecoming week.
1968: Three interceptions helped seal a 28-14 victory over Washington State in the 1968 Homecoming game. The photo shows halfback Dan Hustead on an eight-yard touchdown run to give the Cats at 21-0 lead.
1960: Last-minute float construction (never!) on the UA Campus prior to the Homecoming game in 1960. From the 1961 Desert yearbook.
1954: University of Arizona Homecoming float shaped as a whale in 1954.
1952: University of Arizona Homecoming Rally at Stone and Pennington, October 25, 1952
1951: The 1951 University of Arizona and Idaho football game. Arizona won 13-6.
1950: The oft-forgotten UA Homecoming princesses of 1950 - the ones who narrowly missed the big honor - as seen in the 1951 Desert Yearbook.
1949: UA Homecoming featuring the Aggie House float.
1948: Alpha Phi float for the Homecoming parade in 1948.
1946: With World War II in the rear view mirror, the 1946 UA Homecoming came back with a big splash. The Desert Yearbook noted that more than 1,500 alumni returned to campus. A huge red "A" welcomed guests to Old Main. The football team battled Santa Clara to a 21-21 tie.
1945: University of Arizona football team.
1944: Football was suspended for the 1944 season at UA due to the war. The pages of the 1945 Desert Yearbook show hundreds of U.S. Navy cadets at attention during ceremonies on the UA campus, including graduation of the Navy Indoctrination School, which was decommissioned in Spring, 1945, as…
1943: Football was suspended in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II. The Desert yearbook published pages of snapshots of former Wildcats now serving in the military. The campus became home to U.S. Navy cadet pilots, who lived in Yavapai Hall, had classroom instruction campus and flight instruc…
1942: The Wildcats beat the Oklahoma A&M Aggies, 20-6, in a subdued 1942 Homecoming game that had no formal campus events due to World War II.
1941: A large "cat-astrophe" cutout sits in front of a student residence. The two wildcats hold a score sign.
1940: UA Homecoming got a two-page spread in the Desert Yearbook, the last big splash before World War II. The yearbook noted more than 1,000 "old grads" returned to campus. Delta Gamma took first place in the float contest. The Wildcats won their game agains Louisiana's Centenary Gentleman, 29-6.
1939: Kappa Sigma house won for Homecoming decoration in 1939, the second year in a row for the honor. The Desert yearbook described it as "an Alley Oop bearing down on a red-nosed gentleman" to depict the Wildcats game against Centenary College. Arizona won, 7-0.
1947: Ruth Tackett of Alpha Phi was crowned the first official UA Homecoming Queen during a dance at Bear Down Gym in 1947.
1953: Les Brown and the Band of Renown entertained alums and students at the 1953 UA Homecoming Dance, as seen in this photo spread in the 1954 yearbook. Brown also crowned Homecoming Queen Kay Mason. According to Wikipedia, "Les Brown and the Band of Renown performed with Bob Hope on radio,…
1976: Earl Mendenhall escorts 1976 UA Homecoming Queen Natalie Fabric.
1975: Jim Young's Wildcats lost to the New Mexico Lobos at the 1975 Homecoming Game, 44-34, diminishing their hopes for a WAC title.
1974: The UA football team lost to BYU in October, but swept Colorado State, Air Force, Wyoming and ASU to finish the season.
1930: Scenes from the 1930 UA Homecoming as presented in the 1931 Desert Yearbook. Note the huge "A" constructed over the entrance at Main Gate.
Remember when: McKale Center as it looked while under construction in September 1971.
This 1888 photo by Leo Goldschmidt shows Silver Lake with the hotel on the right. The lake was created in 1857 or 1858 when two brothers from Virginia dammed the Santa Cruz River.
The first temporary prison camp at the base of Mount Lemmon, in 1935.
The picturesque Rincon Mountains provided a backdrop for the Double U Dude Ranch’s main house. It’s now the clubhouse for the Canyon Ranch health resort.
In 1957, J.F. “Pop” McKale wrote a book, “Abraham Lincoln: The Politician.”