Breathe easy, Plymouth High fans. Rocky Top is back.
As reported by South Bend, Indiana NBC affiliate WNDU, Plymouth High will resurrect its tradition of playing Rocky Top after each touchdown its football team scores. The fight song will return a year after it was unceremoniously cancelled because of what critics cited were misogynistic and pro-alcohol lyrics unbecoming of a high school sports program.
“I hope that our students view it as a resolution. I’m confident that our football coach understood it that way,” Plymouth Principal Jim Condon told WNDU. “I think we’ll move forward and it will allow us to place our focus back on things it should be on.”
The return of Rocky Top comes after students protested the final games of the 2013 season by signing the fight song a capella, reinforcing the very lyrics that school officials were trying to root out. Because of that Condon and his fellow school officials have attempted to broker a truce of sorts, allowing the band to resume playing an instrumental version of the song while asking that fans not sing the original lyrics.
Whether that is followed or not remains to be seen, though it’s certain to be greeted as a strong step in the right direction for Plymouth students and fans who felt cheated a year earlier.