Graduation Gown Color Choice at Perry Hall High

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Graduation Gown Color Choice at Perry Hall High

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Class of 2020 started this petition to Perry Hall High School Administration and

Perry Hall High School was established in 1963 on the pillars of Tradition, Pride & Excellence. Last school year (2018-19), one of these pillars took a hit. Our long-held tradition of two-colored gowns ended and all graduates of the Class of 2019 wore navy blue. For decades upon decades, displayed in our front lobby, students wore both navy blue and white gowns. There was shock, surprise, and even some outrage, but no action was taken. We want to change that. 

BCPS made the choice to allow high school principals to decide what gown colors would be worn, after a student did not identify with the gender-assigned colored gown they were given and this issue was not addressed. The issue, at its root, is one of tolerance and diversity.

Perry Hall High is the largest and most diverse school in the county, and we have many clubs/organizations that celebrate these differences. Our GSA, Gender/Sexuality Alliance, is run by proud teachers and proud members of the LGBTQ+ community who are giving their support to our campaign. Our generation has been consistently quoted to be the most tolerant and accepting in the history of the world, and we hope that Perry Hall can reflect that.

Many schools throughout Baltimore County and in the local area, including Kenwood, Eastern Tech, Bel Air, and Patapsco High Schools, have been able to keep and transform their two-colored gown traditions, so why can't we, as the largest school, be a leader in this movement as well?

We hope that we can modernize our two-colored gown tradition to reflect our views today, and have the shift back be something we can take pride in that displays the excellence of our development as a society. We do not wish that the colors navy blue and white separate us by gender, but rather are an opportunity for us to express ourselves in a way that reflects the community. The answer to an issue of tolerance and diversity is not the conformity of a blue mob, but rather the ability to choose our gown colors on the basis of whatever we feel most comfortable in. Whether that decision of color is based on personal associations with gender, or simply convenience, we hope that the choice is ours to make.

We ask that the Perry Hall High School Administration consider our position on this topic and we urge that any student/parent/teacher/person that agrees to sign this petition and spread the message. Thank you.

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