Dozier Elementary & Erath High Name Homecoming Crown Bearers
A long time tradition that has been part of the Erath High
Homecoming Festivities since the early 1950's lies with
choosing first grade students
to be Crown Bearer and Flower Girl for Erath's Homecoming
Festivities. Each year, one boy and one girl are from chosen
Dozier Elementary, the community's primary feeder school.
Erath’s Homecoming began in 1950 with its first queen Ida
Katherine Sandoz (Landry) and her court, however, it isn't
known the exact year the school began the crown bearer
tradition. In researching, it was said that the crown bearer
tradition definitely dates back as far as 1952, and could
possibly have started even earlier.
From the early 50’s until 1971, the crown bearers were
always 1st graders at Erath High. (Prior
to ’72, 1st grade classes were part of the Erath High school
campus, housing grades 1-12)
When Dozier Elementary opened in 1972 as the Erath feeder
school for grades 1, 2 and 3, the tradition using of 1st graders
remained in place. Since that time, Erath High and Dozier
Elementary closely to keep the schools united, and
crown bearers have been chosen from the Dozier since 1972.
On Monday, August 31st, all 1st graders at Dozier
Elementary gathered in the cafeteria and names were picked.
chosen as the flower girl, while Camden Blanchard was named
the crown bearer. Addyson is the daughter of Dara (Gautreaux)
and Matthew Broussard, while Camden is the son of Shawn Dunn
and Lacy Blanchard.
The duo will ride in the parade and preside at the game with
the homecoming court on Friday, September 25, 2015. The
flower girl brings roses to the queen and the crown bearer
delivers the crown to the person crowning the queen. Though
minor changes have occurred through the years, the crown
bearer tradition has remained intact for more than six
decades now. There were several years where only girls were
chosen as crown bearers. In later years, the schools opted
to have one boy and one girl serve.
Pictured are Dozier Principal Karla Toups, Flower Girl
Addyson Broussard, Crown Bearer Camden Blanchard and
Assistant Principal Christine Hebert.