Today is the 50th year that Hoban is having “Mum Day,” the annual climax of a spirit week leading up to a rivalry game.
Mum Day is generally reserved for the day of or before Hoban’s game against St. Vincent-St. Mary, but it did occur during years when the rivals did not play. Walsh Jesuit was the big rival in place of St. V-M.
Some seniors stay overnight and decorate the school. Friday morning, seniors will line the parking lot in their “senior security” clothing with their fingers to their lips to remind underclassmen and visitors to not speak. A drum beats as the warning is put out.
Complete silence fills the classroom and hallways at Hoban until about 2:15 p.m. when the students fill the gymnasium. Students gather and then the silence is broken, and everyone talks, laughs and gets excited for the Knights’ game against the Irish.
St. V-M also holds a celebration called: “All Out Green and Gold Day” where nobody wears anything blue.
Each day of the week, there is a different theme, such as dressing up as twins and wearing throwback clothing.