Part of the spirit this week at Perrysburg High School, a sign with the school's theme, "Maul Maumee."
For Perrysburg High School students, it is the biggest week of the year. At least, if you don't count exams.
"Maul Maumee" week is filled with silly outfits, school spirit, a Friday pep assembly, and then Perrysburg goes to Maumee for a football game at 7 p.m. Friday. Not only does the winner beat its biggest natural rival, but it earns the Ding Dong Bell which stays at the winner's school winners for the year. The winning team Each team gets to paint it its team color and the high school's students sign it.
"It looks ugly in purple," said Michael Short, Perrysburg principal. "The Perrysburg-Maumee rivalry is big. It is huge to win that game."
A carriage under construction at Perrysburg High School that will help carry the Ding Dong Bell trophy which the winner of the Perrysburg-Maumee football game receives each year.
So, Perrysburg students this week take part in spirit activities which get everyone energized for the game. The include pajama Monday, ugly sweater Tuesday, costume Wednesday, different class themes for Thursday, and black and gold Perrysburg gear for Friday. All outfits have to be school appropriate, Mr. Short stresses.
Friday has a pep assembly to fire up the students and team before the game. Last year, the emcee of the event made a call in to Maumee High School to let them know who would win on speaker in front of all the students.
"This week is a big deal," said Ryan Winkleman, high school history teacher and 2002 Perrysburg graduate. "Walking around the halls is a lot of participation. It brings this school together."
A look at the Ding Dong Bell trophy at a past game which Maumee won.
Monday the majority of the students were in pajama pants; some even had onesies.
This year, Mr. Short is working with his staff to build a carriage built out of oak wood for the trophy bell. He is hoping it will be ready for the game Friday.
The principal said it isn't just football that has the school spirit at a high level. Every girls sport won at least a share of the conference title this fall, and the robotics club made nationals last week.
But still, he said, this is the big week in the year that everyone points too because of the football rivalry game.
"This single event brings [the students] together more than anything," Mr. Winklemen said. "There's something unique about it. I'm always impressed with the participation and how especially the older student embraces it."