Hoover High’s run-out banner becomes gameday favorite

Hoover High cheerleader banners

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - When you think of Hoover High School, you think of Bucs football. But on a Friday night, there’s one gameday tradition that’s getting more attention than the team.

You can describe it as massive, huge or big, but for the Hoover cheerleaders and their dads, they consider it a piece of art.

“People will actually take pictures of the sign from the stands, it’s become a phenomenon," said Hoover cheer dad Paul Armstrong.

Hoover’s run out banner has become a “must see” at football games because of its size. It takes about 6 hours to make and takes 12-14 cheer dads to hold it up at a game.

“The dads take it seriously, they think it’s a sport," said senior cheerleader Mackenzie Massey.

“We have aircraft aluminum poles that one of the cheer dads brought in five years ago, it takes about 20 minutes to put together," said cheer dad Gary Massey.

The size of the banner varies on what the cheerleaders want to say. On average, the banner can reach 50 feet wide and 20 feet tall.

“I had no idea. A lot actually goes into writing out the math, making sure the letters are even the lines are straight,” said senior cheerleader Anna Camille Self.

“My favorite part is painting it because I’m OCD and I want everything to be perfect,” added Massey.

The Hoover cheerleaders and their dads even created a PDF document to help show them how to assemble and tape the sign.

“Yeah, it’s pretty involved, there’s a science to it, especially when it is windy outside," said Armstrong.

Although the banner is torn down within seconds, it’s something that’s uniquely Hoover.

“We pride ourselves on the banner we make each week, and the size it is,” added Self.

Hoover plays Bob Jones at the Hoover Met on Friday in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs.

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