Tradition, team spirit reign as Highlands tries for 19th state football championship

By Sara Celi – bio | email

FT. THOMAS, KY (FOX19) - In this town, the state championship sure means a lot. As the Highlands High School Bluebirds flew South to the State Championship, they went knowing this: win or lose the state game, they come home heroes.

"Our community just gives outstanding support. It's unlike any place in the world, really, that I know of," says Brian Robinson, principal of the high school.

It's easy to see the support outside Highlands High, where decorated footballs dot the lawn with balloons, and a big sign show the world who the football kings are.

"The parents are so supportive of them, they make them a pre game meal every week. They decorate their doors, you know, it's the whole town. You can't go ten feel without seeing "Go Highlands"," says Dale Mueller, the head football coach.

You can follow the team spirit inside the school, where students decorated classroom doors and spread the spirit that defines them.

You can also feel the spirit it downtown at places like Smitty's Barbershop.

The owners proudly gave team members special haircuts right before the big game. Each year the owners make sure the shop's windows are decorated with team footballs.

"We all get excited at football time, from the very start of the season, then right through the playoffs and hopefully to the state championship game," says David Brisco, owner of the shop.

It's the way it always has been,  and no doubt how it always will be for a team that's become an institution in Ft. Thomas.

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