It’s Prom season, and Mountain View has began announcing and preparing for the biggest school dance of the year.
Prom is an event full of traditions and expectations, that people either anticipate or dread. From elaborate “Promposals” to coordinating the color of the dress and tie, all of the shopping and planning the date, dinner, flowers, transportation, etc. is sometimes so much that it makes you wonder how Prom became what it is today, and how it might have been thirty years ago. Did Gen Xers keep the same traditions of Prom in ancient times that Millennials do now? How did our ancestors experience the now extravagant event that is Prom? How did they ask each other out, in person or with a poster?
We have asked some of the staff here at Mountain View to share their stories about how they got asked or how they asked someone.
Dr. Chun said, “We lived in dorms in high school and so I asked her on the school intercom because I knew that everyone could hear it, even the people in their dorms.”
This is still commonly used among Mountain View students, it is a very cute, easy and public way to score a date.
Mrs. Anderson said, “I was asked with a comic book. Near the end it said something like, ‘finish the comic of us at prom?’ it was cute!”
Mr. Winiecke said, “I actually didn’t ask because I got asked to Prom. She asked me with a poem.”
Math problems, poems, comics, drawings are all creative ways to ask your special someone to Prom.
Ms. Hicken said, “My junior year, my prom date put an alarm clock under my bed and it woke me up at 3 in the morning. But it had a note with it asking me to prom, so it wasn’t as annoying as it could have been.”
“Let me tell you what I wish we did here, and I think it’s so weird that we don’t,” Hicken continued. “So, coming from a small town, we had a thing called Promenade. You would go on your day date, you would go home and get ready and then go to Promenade at the school auditorium. You would walk out, with you on one side and your date on the other, and you would meet in the middle as the announcer said your name and your date’s name. It’s a chance for your parents to get lots of pictures. The whole community comes every year and they all sit in the auditorium and watch, then everyone gets pictures of all their kids afterwards. This is where they crown the Prom royalty too, so all the parents can be there for that, and then you go off to Prom. Why don’t we do Promenade?”
Mr. Clegg said, “It’s funny because you put so much thought into these things at the time, and now they’re gone. I just remembered! Ok. So I made a video for this one, and I don’t remember the slogan that went with it, but I made a dummy out of plastic bags and toilet paper and other things, and just put clothes over the dummy. Then I made this video that culminated in me leaning against the window, pretending to jump, then cut to the dummy falling out the other side and crashing of the ground. It said something stupid like, ‘I’ve fallen for you, will you go to Prom with me?’”
Prom may have evolved and changed over time, but it has remained a memorable event throughout the years, enduring as a classical hallmark of the American high school experience.
The Prom theme this year is “All about us” and it will take place at the Sleepy Ridge Clubhouse. The dance will go from 8:30-11:00 pm on the night of April 15th, and you will not want to miss it. Admission is $35 per couple pre-sale and $40 at the door.