On the morning of the Port Huron High and Port Huron Northern game, the usual blue and yellow of the Northern rock had been painted over with the colors of our school and a Trump/Pence campaign sign was placed beside it. The rock is painted every year before the rivalry game, with the exception of last year, but this year it got a lot more attention than usual.
So why is the rock so important to Northern anyways? According to Nicholas Whitley, a sophomore at PHN, “The seniors paint it, so it’s like a tribute.” To Northern, the rock is like the PHHS wall for the seniors. It’s a part of their tradition. “It’s repainted,” he said “but I thought it was pretty.”
At first, a lot of people were infuriated. Students took to social media to rant about the vandalism. Some PHHS students defended them as well, but after a few hours most of the students had found humor in it. “They thought it was funny,” says Whitley. Students from Northern High School and Port Huron High School even posted memes and pictures about the rock on social media.
During the game, the marching band yelled out rock themed chants like “Rocks” (a parody of the song “Shots” by ‘Lil Jon,) a new form of a classic chant “Who’s Rock is This? Our Rock!” and a Tribe member proudly held a sign stating “We will ROCK you!” Northern’s anger may have gotten the better of them in the long run, because PHHS won the game 23-3.