Victory Bell Rings Through History

By Cody Adams |

Published 08/27 2014 06:15PM

Updated 08/27 2014 07:17PM

Cody Adams:  It's the biggest game of the year here in Terre Haute. For over 40 years Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South have battled on the gridiron for bragging rights. But the rivalries go well beyond north and south.
In 1971 those schools consolidated, and with the schools so did the rivalries. Pete Varda coached at Shulte high school for 8 years amassing an astounding record of 52-21 and 2. In 1976 Varda was selected into the Indiana football hall of fame. He just also happens to be Terre Haute South's first athletic director.
For two years north and south developed a love hate relationship and so a rivalry was born.
In 1973 Terre Haute First National Bank purchased the liberty bell to present to the winner of the big game. The bell weighs nearly 200 lbs and is just one of 2000 replicas cast by the IT Verdin company out of Cincinnati. Of course the winning school gets to keep the liberty bell at their school until the next meeting between the two, and with the bell still remains those valuable bragging rights.
This Friday the people of Terre Haute will gather for a little good old fashion hate. And just as it was that very first year the entire season will take a back seat to the best rivalry in the land, and for one team, victory will ring true for years to come.

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