One Day Away From the Big Day


Contact: Keena Miller
Phone: 512-462-5328, cell: 512-658-4444
Email: [email protected]



Austin, Texas – September 18, 2009 Homecoming at the Texas School for the
Deaf (TSD) is still the most cherished tradition celebrated at the 152
year-old public school.

Today’s pep rally at 1:00 pm caps off Spirit Week at TSD – when the high
school class who has demonstrated the most spirit throughout the week takes
ownership of the coveted Spirit Award for the 2009-2010 school year – and
officially kicks-off TSD’s pre-game festivities that will bring over 2,500
fans to the south Austin campus over the weekend.

An exciting, live drama performance Friday evening includes TSD students and
Deaf community members appearing on-stage for TSD’s third joint production
with DeafACT, Inc., “Friday Night Live” (FNL). Led by Morgan Campbell, TSD
Senior from Keller Texas, FNL is a hilarious, comedic variety show full of
skits and music, modeled after NBC’s popular Saturday Night Live. “After
working with Morgan during the Grease production and now FNL, I can tell you
that she is one to watch. If she wants to, she could definitely go on to
become an actress or comedic star,” says Don Miller, director of tonight’s
FNL. Miller is a professor at Austin Community College (ACC), and has
extensive experience in various community theater productions, both as actor
and director. “I’m thrilled with the talent we have, Miller adds, “we will
also pay homage to Michael Jackson and have included some of his most well
known songs in the line-up.”

Saturday night, TSD – at 1102 South Congress Avenue – hosts rival,
California School for the Deaf (CSD)-Fremont on the gridiron, at 5:30 pm,
where TSD’s 2009 Homecoming court will be crowned during half-time.

All day, prior to the anticipated matchup, and rooted in long-standing
tradition, students, families, friends, alumni, as well as the opposing
rivals and fans will converge on TSD’s campus to celebrate together at the
Homecoming Festival. From 10:00 am-4:30 pm Saturday, food booths,
activities and vendors will line the campus mall – including a fundraiser
for TSD’s Special Needs students where you can smash a junk car that will be
painted in the visiting team’s colors. The car is courtesy of TSD neighbors,
Austin Express Towing and Austin Express Auto Parts. Also at the festival,
the TSD Alumni Association’s long-awaited TSD history book will be available
for sale and pickup for pre-orders. To reserve a copy, visit

TSD welcomes the public to join us for all homecoming activities. Go

Friday, Sep 18 1:00 pm Ranger Pep Rally Seeger Gym-TSD
7:00 pm “Friday Night Live” Variety Show Davis Auditorium-TSD (General Admission $5)

Saturday, Sep 19 10:00 am-4:30 pm TSD Homecoming Festival and Carnival TSD Campus Mall
(Gen. Admission $10; Sr Citizens/students $5; TSD students $3; Kids 5 & under FREE)

2:00 pm TSD Varsity Volleyball vs. NYOS Charter Seeger Gym-TSD
5:00 pm Homecoming pre-game Gamblin Field-TSD
5:30 pm Kick-off TSD Rangers(0-2) vs. CSD Eagles(1-0) Gamblin Field-TSD

The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public
school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since
1857, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for
students, their families and professionals throughout the state of Texas.
With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community
at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths
and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong.
For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit For more about TSD’s homecoming, visit

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