High School May Force Female Student to Wear Dress at Graduation

If Virginia honors student Jennie Smith wants to participate in her high school graduation, she may have to wear a dress if school officials refuse her request to wear dress pants. A recent memo to graduating seniors included the graduation dress requirement of “NO SLACKS!” for young women. Smith’s mother, Karen wrote a letter to a senior class sponsor asking that her daughter be allowed to wear pants. Broad Run High School principal E. Wayne Griffith had a meeting with Jennie and her twin sister, and later told their mother he would make no exception on the dress code for Jennie. Other schools in the Loudoun, Va. district would not prohibit a young woman from participating in graduation if she wore pants. Terrence Hill, director of secondary education for Loudoun schools says he plans to look into the situation at Broad Run.


The Washington Post - May 10, 1996

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