With back-to-school in full swing, I thought I'd write this.
Alright folks, I'm back again for another article, this time we will be talking about SPIRIT WEEK!!
Yes folks, just like these kids, we need to show some of our school spirit, so I came up with some unique ideas of my first taste of dress-up themes, reminiscent of when I was in the seventh grade. But we will get to that later on. First, we must discuss the origin of Spirit Week:
Its roots trace back to 1952, in Palo Alto, CA. There, at nearby Palo Alto High School, it was known as "Friendship Week", which was intended to welcome back students. However, this progressed into a half-week celebration, and in the 1960s, Friendship Week was renamed Spirit Week, a name it would officialy be given in the late 1970s. Only one day during that half-week was intended for dress-up, and that was a day where students dressed up as much as they could.
One student wrote in the school's yearbook, the Madrono:
"Dress-up day discombobulated Friday morning when Paly was transformed and infested with outlandish finery from the Goodwill."
Sadly, Spirit Week had its gloomy times in the 60s, and it wouldn't be until the next decade to where it got even better and more exciting. The plight of Spirit Week was laden with turmoil and depression courtesy of the Vietnam War, and it wasn't after the war until the plight of Spirit Week faded. At that time, ninth graders (freshmen) were added to the pool of high-school students and an addition to Spirit Week was added: Freshmen would be orange and babies (whatever that is).
But in the 1980s, it would become an extremely controversial event, due to the emergence of vandalism in the city among the school's students. Students would resort to such malicious acts such as destroying the other classes' homecoming parade floats and stealing road signs, often matching the year that they would be graduating. For example, the class of 1987 would steal a sign that read "Highway 87". That changed in 1984 when the city administration would cut Spirit Week short to half a week as an attempt to discourage student vandalism. However, that policy was effective in decreasing said vandalism, despite being very unpopular with the school's students.
At this time, students did not dress up accordingly to their class themes, instead using them for their class floats. The choice of themes in the 80s didn't have today's restrictions due to the fact that the students never worried about their outfits. 80s Spirit Week themes included the beach, dynamite, dragons, heaven/hell, orange juice, etc., with floats that ranged from dressed-up shopping carts, to more extravagant, elaborate floats that would be mounted on the flat-bed of a truck.
The 1990s sported a change to Spirit Week that 75% of North American high schools would follow to the present day. In 1994, however, Spirit Week would become a full week again, but early in the decade, students would unofficially dress up for the first two days, with seniors wearing togas on Monday or Tuesday. Later in the decade, a day known as "Salad Dressing Day" would be implemented by the school board as well as making Spirit Week a full week once more, as well as giving seniors their own official toga day. For those who do not know what "Salad Dressing Day" is, this day is often reserved on Tuesday of Spirit Week with freshmen dressed in athletic wear, sophomores in ranch outfits, juniors in tropical clothing, and seniors in togas.
Spirit Week became more elaborate in the 90s than it is in the present day. In 1995, the senior class would arrive to the after-school pep rally in a stretch limo, and in 1997, the said senior class would come to the rally clad in camoflage and circled the stadium in a military-issued combat Hummer.
My personal experience (and the RJ Spirit Week schedule)
My first experience of Spirit Week dress-up days dates back to February of 2001, when I was in the seventh grade. Back then, the week was actually done to observe drug and alcohol awareness and was sponsored by a student organization known as the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Awareness (IDAA). This student organization would usually hold a seminar in November, and in the 2000-2001 school year, they would be invited to attend a IDAA retreat at a nearby church, in order to discuss the awareness of drugs and alcohol for teens and young adults, and meet up with other IDAA groups in the area. This made them organize a drug awareness week, held in the form of a variety of dress up days. These included house slipper day, tie day, express yourself day (where students could wear non-matching outfits), and hat day, as well as a "make a new friend" day (which had no dress-up theme) that was held on Monday.
Now here is my Spirit Week schedule for me and all of you fellow -ies:
Monday: Make a New Friend/Salad Dressing/ Day!
Show your RJ spirit or just make new friends! Wear athletic gear, ranch clothing, tropical wear, or a toga. (You can also wear RJ-themed attire as well.)
Tuesday: House Slipper Day
Wear your slippers!
Wednesday: Necktie Day
Wear a tie!
Thursday: Express Yourself Day
Wear clothes that don't match (even if you're wearing purple)!
Friday: Hat Day
Wear a hat!
(even if it's one similar to Jakob Dylan's signature floppy leather hat)
And don't forget to show spirit all week long! Not only that, I have just set up a new forum dedicated to true school/ spirit! And note to DebrisStorm, PirateNinja6, Darthmunk, and Shazbot: You are banned from my forum because of your actions to yours truly and horrible signature/behavior/avatar guidelines in my opinion!
And don't forget to check out my previous article, Newborns' Plight:
Anyway, thanks for reading and don't forget to show your spirit! :)