homecoming & family weekend
*NOTE: Seating is limited for the theater production of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Order today at 260-359-4261.
October 4-5, 2013
Come and celebrate 20 years of Norm the Forester at this year's Homecoming & Family Weekend! The weekend will be full of events for parents, alumni, friends and students from the traditional favorites of the parade and coronation to some new Norm-centric events. You won't want to miss it.
20 years of Norm
The “Foresters” originated in 1928 when local sports writer, “Cash” Keller, coined the term for Huntington. The Huntingtonian reported that Keller received the inspiration for the name by watching the basketball team “dash on the floor in Lincoln green and scarlet.” The display reminded him of Robin Hood and his green-clad “Foresters.”
Keller, who was employed by the Huntington Herald at the time, left shortly afterward for another newspaper job in Washington, Ind. He returned to Huntington to coach the Huntington College basketball team in 1934-35.
The mascot was created in 1966 as a result of a contest by then-dean of students, Richard Hassan. He was originally just the “Huntington College Forester.” He looked quite different from his present appearance.
In 1993, a contest was created to name the mascot, and as a result, he was christened “Norm” by Doris King Goble, a 1994 graduate. Today, he is known to the campus body as “Norm the Forester.”