History of Turkey Day

  • The first officially recorded Thanksgiving Day football game between Kirkwood High School (KHS) and neighboring Webster Groves High School (WGHS) was held in 1907. Since then, with only a few exceptions, the two schools have met each year on the football field to compete for the “Turkey Day Championship” and the coveted Frisco Bell trophy. More than just a football game, Turkey Day has become a celebration of spirit and pride for both communities.

    In anticipation of the 2022 football game, KHS students and alumni will begin the “Turkey Day Game” countdown in November with special activities throughout the month and during Spirit Week, which begins the week of Thanksgiving. 

Student and Community Events

  • Leading up to the Turkey Day game, KSD schools host a variety of activities including turkey trots, theme days, and service projects including canned food collections for our community.

    The week of Thanksgiving, our community is invited to show your Pioneer Pride by joining us in the following:

    Monday, Nov. 21 – Tacky Day
    Wear orange and black, Webster’s colors.

    Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Spirit Day
    Wear red and white to show “Pioneer Pride.” The traditional KHS hall decorations will be displayed at the start of the school day. Visitors need to check into the security office off Essex to view the hallway decorations or attend the pep rally. KHS students will close out the school day with the KHS Turkey Day Pep Assembly in the David Holley Assembly Hall at 1:40 p.m. The pep rally will be live-streamed on the KHS Athletic YouTube page.

    Wednesday, Nov. 23 - Chili Bowl
    Kirkwood School District Foundation Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off. KSDF will host the 26th annual Turkey Day Chili Bowl Cook-Off in the KHS Walker Commons and Cafeteria. Community members are invited to sample chili prepared by area restaurants and vote for the best chili in town. Tickets can only be purchased online in advance until they are sold out. Please visit the KSDF Chili Bowl website to purchase tickets.

    Wednesday, November 23 - Community Pep Rallly and Bonfire
    The Pep Rally in David Holley Assembly Hall will begin at 7 p.m. followed by a traditional bonfire on the field behind David Holley Assembly Hall.

    Thursday, Nov. 24 - Turkey Day Game 
    Kick-off for the main event - the Turkey Day Game - is at noon at Webster Grove's Moss Field.
    To purchase tickets online visit: (the external link is: https://statesmensports.org/partner/28/event/199/buy-tickets). Be sure to select "Kirkwood Presale General Admission" online for proceeds to stay in Kirkwood. 
    Tickets may be purchased in person via cash only at the KHS Athletic Office from Wednesday, November 9 through Monday, November 21 from 9 a.m. - 3p.m., Monday-Friday. Cash or checks made payable to "KHS" only. No credit card purchases in person.
    Proceeds from advanced tickets sold in Kirkwood (both online and at the athletic office) are contributed to KHS programs. 
    Proceeds from tickets sold at the gate are divided between Kirkwood and Webster Groves.
    Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate.
    Kids six and under are free. 

    For additional information, please call the KHS Athletic Department at 314-213-6116.

    Media Outlets for Football Game:

    Big 550 with Jim Powers and Radio 63119 with Randy Mohlman

    The game will be live streamed on https://www.youtube.com/@StatesmenVision

Turkey day Logo
Chili bowl

Alumni Events

  • Thursday, November 24

    Wrestling and Cross Country Alumni

    Run in annual Turkey Trot race
    Alumni will meet at 7:10am at the Kirkwood Train Station
    Race Begins at 7:30am
    Register on the Turkey Day Run event signup website

    KHS Football Breakfast
    8 a.m. at KHS Cafeteria
    Please contact Greg Godi, KHS '89 at 314-221-5000. 
    Cost is $10 (cash or check) at donations will also be accepted to cover the cost of meals for the 2022 football team.

    Friday, November 25
    Alumni Water Polo Game
    KHS water polo alumni and friends are invited to participate in the annual Turkey Day Water Polo Game on Friday, November 25 at 4 p.m. in the KHS Walker Natatorium.
    Please contact Rob Peglar (KHS Water Polo Coach) at robert.peglar@kirkwoodschools.org or 314-308-6983 with questions.
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Water Polo