May 14, 2012 |
Did you prom? Back in the day, before prom shed its the like some painful four-inch pump, the dance was an annual rite of passage, an opportunity for embarrassment, mischief, and lousy living-room photography memorializing Farrah hair, powder-blue tuxes, ruffled shirts, and supersized bow ties, now all blessedly extinct. Proms weren't yet an industry but a middle-class response to the debutante ball of toffs and swells. Now, prom has become the alpha and omega of adolescent consumption, reduced to one word, like Cher.
May 23, 1996 |
Reach deep into your hearts and find, if you can, some sympathy for the senior class of Lower Merion High. OK, they're not homeless. And no, they're not hungry. And yes, they attend one of the area's most prestigious high schools, in a neighborhood of stately stone mansions and precision-clipped lawns. But these poor benighted souls went through high school with one Kobe Bryant, high school basketball star turned Adidas shill and NBA shoo-in. And Kobe, who is regarded by all as a decent, kind, personable, down-to-earth guy, has invited pop starlet Brandy, one-named singing sensation and star of the UPN sitcom Moesha, to the school's Saturday night prom.
February 18, 2013 |
SULLIVAN, Ind. - A quiet Indiana community known for its parks and corn festival has become the latest setting for the debate over gay rights and bullying after several area residents, including some high schoolers, proposed holding a nonschool-sanctioned "traditional" prom that would ban gay students. School officials and many residents of Sullivan, a city of about 4,200 near the Illinois border, have scrambled to distance themselves from the controversy caused by the group's plans and from some strong, antigay remarks made by one of its members.
June 28, 1990 |
Several angry parents have criticized the Haverford school board for suspending 14 students for nine days after they allegedly were involved with alcohol at the May 25 junior prom. The parents, several of whom had youngsters involved, told the board last week that they felt the punishment was excessive and had caused the students to lose too much classroom time. Principal John Meehan told the board that he had been at the Haverford High School prom at the Valley Forge Hilton about 10 minutes when the hotel manager and security personnel complained to him that Haverford students were "going from room to room, partying and drinking.
June 12, 1997 |
It's a school without pity. The words "Baby Killer" are scribbled in ink on bathroom stalls. Some students label her a monster. The talk has her friends at Lacey Township High School in New Jersey so distraught they sometimes leave their classes in tears. No one understands why 18-year-old Melissa Drexler gave birth to a 6-pound-6-ounce boy in a restroom at her senior prom Friday night and dumped the body in the trash. But her friends say she's incapable of murder.
May 8, 2012 |
Emma Tierney and her friends blew off Unionville High School's junior-senior prom last year, but they never for a minute considered skipping the after-prom party. "It's just a lot of fun," Tierney said. More than that, it turned out to be one of the most exciting days of the 17-year-old senior's life: She won the evening's grand prize, a 2002 Honda Civic. Though proms are still a memorable rite of passage for most high schoolers, the after-proms are boldly becoming bigger, showier, and more fun than the main event.
May 3, 2008 |
OK, gang, get out the tuxes, pour yourselves into those evening gowns. We're off to the prom. Put on your best face, pimples notwithstanding. Oh. Wait a minute. Put the tuxes away. Pry yourselves from those dresses. At this prom, the kids don athletic uniforms under sports coats or dresses. Their knee-high athletic socks are cut at the toes and heels. They wear lampblack under their eyes, like gridiron stars in Sunday sunlight. And they dance, posture and die of a thousand self-doubts in a ballroom with a football field for a floor.
May 7, 1989 |
Jessie Young, an adult-education student at Ben Franklin High School, attended her first prom Friday night at the Sheraton Hotel in University City. Young had to drop out of high school when her mother became ill and she couldn't get child care for her son Gerald, now 6. She returned to school at age 24 and plans to get her diploma in June. She also has a 2-year-old son, Edward.
April 22, 2013 |
Friday was going to be a big day for the seniors of Penn Wood High School, the day they would get to buy prom tickets. "All of us have been talking about prom since January," Sabreen Abbass, 17, said. "All of us had our passes to come down and buy our prom tickets. We all had our dresses. " Instead, she had a day off she didn't want. She and her friends will get to buy their prom tickets eventually, but they don't know when or where. A blaze early Thursday that officials have declared arson has barred them from their Lansdowne school, its walls charred and windows boarded.
May 17, 1990 |
Everyone who works for Rockledge prom photographer Joseph Gurcsik has seen his or her fair share of the strange and the different: The girl in the bare feet with the rose between her toes. The girl with the bouquet that was lit with white lights between the flowers. And they still talk about the couple with shoulder-length hair on half their heads. The other side was bald, so when they stood side-by-side, bald- to-bald, they looked like one person - half-woman, half-man.