Spring is in the air... time for April showers, May flowers and prom!
Did you go to your high school prom? These photos, scanned from Bishop O’Connell yearbooks, show prom outfits through the years. How do they compare to what you wore?
Although prom is now a high school tradition known for its extravagance and debauchery, it began in Northeast colleges and universities as pseudo coming-out event (prom is actually short for promenade).
Unfortunately, the Center for Local History's photo archive does not include many prom photos. This is partly because high school yearbooks tend to go to print before most proms are held.
Do you have photos of your Arlington prom that you would like to add to the Center for Local History's Community Archive? Visit or contact the Center for Local History at Central Library, and let us know!
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Ray Koenig says
thanks for the memories. I’m the one in the “1964” photo (3rd from the left) who looks like he’s being told something important from his prom date, fellow native Arlingtonian, Jenny Johnston. We’ve been married for 52 years and live in Strasburg VA. thanks for the memories!