The Late Movies: High School Haka
As I prepared an old mental_floss magazine article for the internet, I was struck by YouTube's "related videos" section. It appears that the Maori war dance known as the haka has been adopted by not only rugby teams, but quite a few American high school football teams, too! You may enjoy watching these teenagers intimidate their foes and impress the girls with their moves.
The Upland Highlanders
The high school football team in Upland, California performs a haka before a game in 2009.
Assistant football coach J.T. Tauanuu is a Samoan immigrant, and taught a Samoan haka chant he wrote to the students at Liberty High School in Las Vegas. It's become a tradition for the team.
Bingham High Miners
The Bingham High School Miners of South Jordan, Utah perform their football haka.
Notre Dame Knights
Central Valley Hawks
Central Valley High School in Ceres, California also does a haka before football games.
Kahuku Red Raiders
The team from Kahuku, Hawaii, performs the haka at the 2009 homecoming game.
Trinity High School in Euless, Texas is the team featured in the mental_floss magazine article. Their haka is truly terrifying, especially if you are on the opposing team!