Miller Place Panthers Pounce into Homecoming Weekend

Spirit week and parade lead to first home game

The Miller Place School District welcomed students, staff, alumni and friends to its annual Homecoming celebration on September 17. Throughout the week, students and staff members at all school buildings displayed their school spirit for “Spirit Week” in preparation for the celebratory weekend parade and football game. Although the Miller Place Panthers put up a tough fight on the gridiron, the Kings Park Kingsmen ultimately won with a final score of 31 to 20.

“The community showed tremendous Panther Pride this homecoming weekend and our students displayed their enthusiasm representing themselves and the District in typical Panther tradition – colorful, creative and uniquely Miller Place,” said Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie. “The energy from those in attendance was palpable and it was great to reunite with alumni.”

To kick off Spirit Week, students celebrated Pajama Day, coming to school dressed in their coziest pajamas. On Tropical Tuesday, the hallways were full of students ready for a luau in Hawaiian shirts and leis. On Wacky Wednesday, students sported their most imaginative and funky outfits wearing mismatched socks, neon colored clothing, and silly hairstyles. On Throwback Thursday, students dressed in various decade-themed apparel from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s eras. The week concluded with Spirit Day, highlighted by students donning their favorite Miller Place School District merchandise and a Pep Rally at the High School. 

For the Homecoming parade, Panther cheerleaders, members of the MPHS pep band, and students from each building in the District marched alongside the handcrafted floats. The parade began at the Miller Place Fire Department South and navigated to the high school’s Stadium Field where the Miller Place Panther’s football team played against the Kings Park Kingsmen. 

Before the game, the newest class of inductees of the District’s Athletic Hall of Fame walked onto the Stadium Field to be honored by the community. Inductees included Andrew Stafford, Class of ’77; Jacqueline Curtiss, Class of ’79; Marion Mastrangelo, Class of ’84; Ellen Moorehead, Class ’85; and Greg Gaillard, Class of ’96. Two coaches were also inducted: Salvatore Passamano and Liz Borsetti. Ms. Borsetti, or Coach B, was honored posthumously.

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North Country Road Middle School students showed their school spirit during the Miller Place School District’s annual homecoming parade on September 17. 
Senior class officers rode along the parade route in a “float” representative of the Class of 2023.  
The Miller Place Panther greeted fans in the bleachers ahead of the football game.
The Miller Place Panthers ran through a celebratory banner and onto the field as the high school cheerleading squad celebrated the first game of the season.
The Panthers took the field for their game against the Kings Park Kingsmen.
The football team gathered at their endzone for a huddle.
The Miller Place High School marching band led the parade from the Miller Place Fire Department South to the high school’s Stadium Field.