NORMAN — Friday afternoon saw Norman North High School in a blur of spirited green as hundreds of students rushed toward charter buses.
More than a thousand students — nearly half of the 2,200 student body — loaded into the 23 buses on their way to support their team in a fight for the 6A state football championship.
The excitement was palpable as students eagerly ran through the halls to catch their assigned buses. Principal Bryan Young said the school’s sense of spirit gained momentum during the playoffs.
“We’ve concentrated on building school spirit, and the kids have really responded. Last week they had a really good time up there and so it carried over to this week,” he said. “The booster club and community have sponsored all the buses so that was fantastic. The kids would rather go up there together in groups than go up there by themselves.”
Young said the school was happy to support the students attending the game in Stillwater against Jenks, and feel building these types of memories is just “part of the high school experience.”
Senior Madison Chilless said she is grateful for the school’s support in making the game easily accessible for so many students.
“The fact that North is providing all of this for us, it definitely will make our student section that much more able to support the team,” she said.
Win or lose, Chilless said the student body is proud of their team and happy to be along for the ride.
“I definitely think I’ll remember it for the rest of my life,” she said. “I love my school and the fact that we made it this far is creating so many memories. I mean, it’s my senior year.”