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Beginning from the co-ed banquets in the 19 th century, the word ‘prom’ comes from “promenade”, which is the act of showing guests formally at a party.

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2 Beginning from the co-ed banquets in the 19 th century, the word ‘prom’ comes from “promenade”, which is the act of showing guests formally at a party. The prom was a middle-class replication of the upper-class’s debutante balls. In textbooks, the prom is said to have started becoming a tradition in the 30s and 40s, but some historians believe it actually started as early as the late 1800s. Cotillion was the first major formal event for most young adults at the time. THE BEGINNINGS

3 When high school proms began in the early 1900s, they were relatively simple affairs. While the early proms of the 1920’s often featured a social tea and dancing, the proms of the 1930’s and 1940’s more resembled an annual senior class banquet where the participants dressed in party clothes and danced. EARLY 1900S

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5 During the post-World War II, in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, the prom began to be increasingly recognized as one of the most important school social events of the year. It was during this era that attending the prom with the “right date” began to take on special significance. The location of the proms also began to change during the post-war boom years. In previous decades, proms and school dances were held in the school gym or cafeteria. As the 1950’s came to a close, a shift was seen from school venues to more sophisticated locations. 1950S PROM

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7 The high school prom began to take on an almost iconic status as a rite of passage from high school into adulthood. Many popular films marketed to teenaged audiences over the past three decades either focused on the prom or included the prom as an important part of the storyline. This indicated that prom had become an important life event for young adults. THE ‘70S & ‘80S

8 Nowadays, teens no longer wear their Sunday best attire to the prom. Teens usually opt out for elegant and elaborate dresses and suits or tuxedo. According to research done by the University of North Dakota at Fargo’s Department of Home Economics, the typical prom couple spends an average of more than $500 on prom. While traditional etiquette calls for the boy to ask the girl to the prom, girls have become more assertive and some will ask a boy to be their prom date. Non-traditional couples are also becoming more commonplace at proms. SLIGHT CHANGES OVER THE YEARS

9 Many high school students feel that prom is the most romantic night of their lives. Competition to be chosen as a member of a prom royal court is always intense. Proms and after prom events continue to be chaperoned by teachers and parents and sometimes include outside security personnel. WHAT HASN’T CHANGED


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