The Demise of Spirit Week

For two and a half days a year at Duxbury High school students ditch traditional clothes for spirited costumes. The tradition here at DHS,“Spirit Week,” implies a full weeklong event, but as stated runs a measly two and a half days.

Spirit week usually includes Decade Day, Movie Day and Class Day. The days occur in that order, with the option of changing the days. Students repeatedly vote down the option to change the days, when given the choice at student council meetings. Tradition is a big part of high school and straying from it is often frowned upon.

As the years have gone by at DHS, the administration has altered the traditional spirit week. When I was a freshman, I remember hearing the tales of the legendary spirit weeks of the past. Spirit week was an event comprised of five days, not two and a half. There use to be days such as Pirate Day and Professional Day. This tradition is long gone; with a new administration comes new rules.

I agree with many students who oppose the current administration’s decision to shorten spirit week. However, upon speaking with veteran staff members it has come to my addition the administration isn’t fully to blame. To blame the administration is the easier and much more accepted approach, but students need to look at the big picture.

Students did take advantage of the relaxed rules that were in place. Students who wanted to see what was acceptable repeatedly tested the boundaries of school appropriate costumes. Risky costumes were worn to school, and Professional Day was nicknamed “Pimp and Hoe Day.” Spirit week was starting to have the opposite affect for some DHS members.

The spirit week pep rally also has caused problems. The tradition was to sit by grade but recently students sit randomly. The administration felt the pep rally had become more of a grade event instead of a school event. Students would chant, “Sit down freshman” or “Shut up sophomores”. I believe this is laughable behavior, but the administration took it as hazing different grades.

Many students consider separating us an overreaction on the administration’s part. Students need to realize if we push the boundaries, “the man” is going to push back.

Students need to come together as a school to demonstrate we are one school, not separate grades. This is the only way the administration will listen to us.

The shortened spirit week is unfortunate for students, but we should make the best out of what we have. Current seniors will never experience the full weeklong spirit week celebration.

However, with the new school comes a new start. A fresh start gives underclassmen the opportunity to set a good example of what spirit week should be. If this happens, maybe spirit week can become what it always should have been.

One thought on “The Demise of Spirit Week

  1. There needs to be more open-mindedness on both sides. In response to “unacceptable” behavior, the administration has been more likely to jump to more extreme solutions without previous warning to the student body. While this stops the behavior issue in its tracks, it clearly upsets the students. (A la: shortening of spirit week, new pep rally format, the transformation from the DHS Nightclub into the DHS Ball)… It becomes an “Us versus Them” situation. Neither group seems to understand where the other is coming from, and neither group is willing to budge. If the administration wants something more than reluctant cooperation, it needs to involve the student body more when it is upset with student behavior.

    However, in my opinion, the Thanksgiving Pep Rally last year was a very strong one due to increased effort by the administration to liven up the event. Hopefully this year’s will be the same.

    So in other words, I’m agreeing with everything you’re saying, Brooke.

    pimp and hoe day lol

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