Spirit Week


Photo courtesy of: Sabrina Scoggin L to R: Sydney Norvell (Southern Oregon University), Ashley Knecht (Portland State University), Paris Fox (Whitman College), Sierra Webster (University of Oregon), Sabrina Scoggin (University of Redlands), Sarah Bestor (Oregon State University), Lili Wurfl (Clark University), Mimi Schaefer-Sharp (Gonzaga University)

Kleya Dhenin, Reporter

Spirit Week has been a tradition at many schools since 1903. The first recorded spirit week took place at Northern Illinois University. However, the tradition began with the first “coming home” during the 21st annual Border War, the athletic rivalry between the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri. Originally, the football game was accompanied by a parade, spirit rally and bonfire. This set the precedent for spirit week at colleges and high schools across the country.


High schools were the first to incorporate dress up days into Spirit Week. Common dress up days are: Class Color Day, 80s day and pajama day. Typically, on the Friday of Spirit Week students wear school colors. Ashland High School plans to continue this Friday tradition with Red and White day.


Usually Spirit Week takes place in the week leading up to Homecoming, but Ashland High School doubles the fun and offers a second chance to show school spirit before prom. This year, Prom Spirit Week will consist of the following days:


Monday – College Day

Tuesday – Neon Day

Wednesday – Twin Day

Thursday – “Would you still be my friend if I dressed like this?” Day

Friday – Red and White Day


This year, Spirit Week will also include Powderpuff, delayed from the bad weather of Homecoming Week. Powderpuff will take place Monday, May 4, at 6:30 PM. Students, if interested in playing, contact Mason Dow or the coaches for the appropriate class.