One of the cherished traditions of Yale Bowl was its annual high school football games between rivals Hillhouse and West Haven, played on Thanksgiving mornings from 1939 to 1957. Players from both high schools, who played in that contest at the Bowl, will be honored during the Oct. 18 Yale-Colgate game as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the world famous venue.
The Yale Athletics Department has been researching names of former Hillhouse and West Haven players still living in the area to invite them back to be recognized. If you played in one of those games from that period of time, and have not been contacted, call Steve Conn, Yale’s Director of Sports Publicity (203.432.1455) if you would like to be included.
If you are able to attend the Oct. 18 game at the Bowl, Yale needs to know your name, address, which high school you played for and what year (s). Tickets and a parking pass can be sent to you immediately.
Some of the stars of this event went on to become Bulldogs. Levi Jackson ’50, Yale’s first black football player and the 1949 team captain, had the most memorable performance of anyone in this game for the Academics when he scored six touchdowns and converted four PATs in a 52-6 win over the Westies in 1943.
Another highlight of the rivalry was a crowd of 40,504, the record for a Connecticut high school game, watching Hillhouse beat West Haven 20-6 on Nov. 25, 1948.