Miramonte’s Spirit Days Uncovered

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A girl kneels on the quad at lunch as her temporary “owners” stand over her. Slave Day: Miramonte’s most politically incorrect spirit day? Check.

Kelsi Lerner and Cameron White

Miramonte has had a long tradition of school spirit and pride, with the leadership class planning and acting out many spirit days and fundraisers. But only 50 years ago, students participated in some activities that many would consider kooky, crazy, and above all, just plain weird.

In the earlier years that Miramonte High School was open, students began to set in place some traditions that last even to this day such as homecoming and tailgates, but there are many traditions that have since died out… for obvious reasons.

As such, we here at the Mirador have compiled a list of crazy spirit days and clubs that existed before, and why they were so weird in the first place.

Spirit Day? Slave Day. Need I say more?

Why Was it Weird? Probably the most outlandish and inappropriate activity that students no longer participate in was Slave Day, which ended after the late 50’s. Students were auctioned off to other students to raise money for class outings, and once a student became another’s “slave” they were at the mercy of their master. In fact, in the yearbook of 1958, there exists a picture of a female student on her hands and knees while wearing a collar and leash, held onto by a group of male students standing over her. Not the most politically correct Spirit Day in Miramonte history.

Spirit Day? The Annual Donkey Basketball Game. What is that?

Why Was it Weird? In 1968, male students and staff put together teams and competed to raise money for the winning team’s class. Participants rode donkeys in the school gym while trying to adhere to the general game of basketball. The winning team that year was, of course, the seniors, winning $300 (which would be roughly about $2,000 today). Needless to say, Donkey Basketball was a one-year ordeal.

Spirit Day? In 1959, on Club Day at Miramonte, students started the very first teachers club. Sounds great! Students can prepare themselves for their future career and make friends in the process, right?

Why Was it Weird? It totally was great! If you were a girl. Here at Miramonte, students, teachers, and staff all pride ourselves in our anti-discrimination policies and open-mindedness about people who are different from us. Apparently this policy didn’t exist in 1959, because the Miramonte Teachers Club was for female students only. Not only did this discriminate against male students, it also fit teaching into the stereotype of being “woman’s work.”

Spirit Day? Big and Little Sister Day versus Big and Little Stud Day took place in 1958. During this spirit day, the freshmen would all be assigned a surrogate big “sister” or “stud” to help them get settled in at Miramonte. Okay, a lot of schools do that. No biggie.

Why Was it Weird? Little and big studs? According to Urban Dictionary, a stud is “a studdy studding stud lad who studs women. All whilst looking stud.” Besides the hilarious 50’s slang, Big and Little Sister Day versus Big and Little Stud Day was hilarious because of the clearly lack of sisterly (or studly!) bonding going on. In the yearbook pictures, students are seen wandering outside of the gym by themselves, all while the spirit day banner waves forlornly in the background.

Spirit Day? The 1965 Junior Prom. Miramonte still celebrates it to this day, so why was it so interesting?

Why Was it Weird? The theme was “Fire and Ice.” All of you seniors out there may remember the Junior Prom theme from last year… “Fire and Ice.” The really weird part? Although “Fire and Ice” is a common theme, many of us remember how lacking the designs were last year in the Fire themed department. Upon further inspection in the year book, the decorations are almost exactly the same. So this begs the real question: is Miramonte unoriginal, or just cheap enough to keep the decorations?