Daily Dress Uniform a Positive Move for Pace


Juniors Jake Richards, Peyton Attridge, Darby Cochran, and Mick Assaf (L-R) have mixed emotions about the new dress code. Photo: Josh Blank

Juniors Jake Richards, Peyton Attridge, Darby Cochran and Mick Assaf (L-R) have mixed emotions about the new dress code.
Photo: Josh Blank

Due to numerous dress code violations and constant reminders of “tuck in your shirt” or “those shorts are not long enough,” Dean of Students Matt Hall and Head of Upper School Mike Gannon have established a new dress code. Now, students will be required to wear a strict uniform to school comparable to Woodward Academy or St. Pius X.  Boys must wear khaki pants with a button down and a tie/bow-tie. Girls are required to wear dress uniform skirts every day along with collared shirts.

This decision has been brewing for the past two or three years with teachers growing tired of nagging students about dress code. “I always had to hand out so many demerits for dresses being too short or boys leaving their shirts un-tucked,” said history teacher and dress code expert Helen Smith. “I love scaring the freshmen. Yelling at them for dress code violations gives me great joy.” Dean Hall expects that the new dress code will help students stay out of detention, reduce demerits and relieve the tension between faculty and students.

This new policy will help relieve stress for students, as they no longer need to worry about what to wear. Often, teenagers feel the need to compete with their classmates over who has the nicest clothes or who looks the best. Envy of others’ clothing will no longer be an issue with everyone having a similar style. In addition, students can get additional, much-needed sleep due since they won’t have to pick out an outfit in the morning. “I usually spend 10-15 minutes every single morning deciding on my outfit for the day,” said junior Frances Crisler. “The extra sleep will be a blessing for me.” More sleep and less drama sounds like bliss to many students at the Academy.

The counter-argument for this decision is that it eliminates one’s freedom and individual expression through clothing. “People know me for my excellent style and I enjoy picking out my outfit each day,” said senior Austin Little. Also, having the ability to wear shorts and open collared shirts provides more comfort than a tight, restricting tie or skirt. In the spring or late summer, the weather can be extremely hot and it’s uncomfortable to wear long pants and long sleeves. But over all, the benefits outweigh these downsides. Students stand to benefit tremendously from the new dress code policy.