Who remembers Spirit Week? That one week in school where you went all out wearing bright colors and costumes, or attending a pep rally before a major sports game?
How Spirit Week came to be is quite interesting. In 1952, Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California hosted “Friendship Week” at the beginning of the year to welcome students back to school. However, this eventually formed into a half-week celebration, and in the 1960’s, “Friendship Week” was renamed “Spirit Week”. In the 1980’s, the event became more controversial as students started to vandalize school property, but by the mid-1990’s, things started to settle down and Spirit Week became a full week again. Since then, about 75% of American High Schools celebrate the event.
What were some of your favorite Spirit Week costumes and traditions? Here are some of the most popular ones today.