From 1976 to 1979, the senior class held an annual “Dating Game” in Spangenberg Auditorium in the fall that brought together students from various schools including Paly, Cubberley and Los Altos. The game was based on the ABC TV show of the same name, which was popular then. It was divided into rounds during which four students would participate: three as bachelors or bachelorettes in a panel and one as an inquirer. If the three on the panel were girls, the inquirer would be a boy, and vice-versa. The inquirer would ask questions to the bachelors or bachelorettes to decide which one they would go out on a date with. They tried to come up with clever questions like, “If I were a piano, how would you play me?” and “If we were on Fantasy Island, what would we do?” After they picked a date, it was expected that the two kissed, as it would satisfy the audience. If one or both refused, the crowd would often taunt them into doing it.
In 1979, students were able to “buy” a senior for a day to act as their servant or slave at an event called “Rent-a-senior Day.” During this event, students bid on the senior participants. “The rules stated that the highest bidder obtained the services of one or more seniors for the following day, from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The owner, or “master,” had to provide all the props for their servants while the servants had to obey the owners’ commands (within reason).” Some of these tasks included dancing the hula on the library roof while wearing a hula skirt and coconut bra or doing push-ups in front of the school during a homecoming lunchtime game. The money raised from the event was put towards senior activities such as the homecoming float or graduation night.
Girls not allowed to wear pants
Until 1969, girls were not allowed to wear pants under the school’s dress code. As The Oracle at the time put it, it was an “oft-debated question” with many conflicting perspectives. Students created petitions and the Student Advisory Committee(SAC) urged the administration and the superintendent to change the dress code. The School Board eventually ruled in the SAC’s favor, but jeans were exceptions, and students continued to push for them to be allowed. The restrictiveness and perceivable bias of Gunn’s dress code against girls have also been called into question in more recent times. In 2013, one of The Oracle’s male staffers tested this by going against the dress code during homecoming week to see if he would be issued a dress code violation like some girls had been.
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