History of Spirit Week

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Genesis Sandoval, Reporter

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Spirit week has become a fun tradition for high school students here at Buena, and it has evolved so much over the years, but where did it originate from?

The origination of spirit week is different for most schools, but there is a general timeframe in which it began. Spirit week started in the early 1950’s, but it wasn’t anything like how it is today. It started off in most schools with the title, “Friendship Week,” and was meant to welcome students back to school, quite the opposite of Buena’s spirit week for seniors. The name, “Spirit Week,” didn’t come to light until the 60’s. The event wasn’t originally meant to have dress up days everyday like now either. In fact, only one day of the week was meant for dressing up.

Spirit week has had its ups and downs in terms of popularity in the years after it began. Not everyone enjoyed it, or some were taking it too far during the week. Students began to take it on themselves to dress up when they weren’t supposed to. Fortunately, that began to change and it has become what we know it as today. It became tradition for students to have a toga day on the first day of spirit week, like how Buena had recently. Spirit week has an interesting history, and it will continue to make much more as the years at Buena continue.

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