New Boot Camp in Palo Alto????? Schools & Kids, posted by Paly Parent, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Aug 16, 2012 at 9:13 am
Latest Paly tradition is that seniors have camouflage theme for first day of school to intimidate the rest of the student body. I suppose it is a more harmless tradition than some of the others we seem to have heard of but it was new to me. Expect to see a lot of potential boot campers around town today.
Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Aug 17, 2012 at 9:10 am
Palo Alto high school kids are pretty much idiots. Egg wars and camouflage ? ... what is wrong with these people, and I went to Paly many years ago and there was no such "tradition" so it is not a very old tradition, if the word tradition even fits.
Posted by C, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Aug 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm
I'm a student at Paly, neither a freshman nor a senior. I have no problem with this tradition. It doesn't encourage Freshman Friday (which is near nonexistent anyway) and (at least to me) camo isn't intimidating. I plan on wearing camo my senior year.... I don't see what the problem is? Personally, I actually think it's somewhat amusing to see what outfits the seniors wear.... last year there was a kid dressed as a bush.
Posted by Paly Parent, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Aug 20, 2012 at 9:18 am
I don't think any of this is anything to worry about. I just brought it up because I think it is amusing and reminds me of my schooldays.
The camo is just a rite of passage, they have seen it for the past 3 years and now because they are top dogs in school they enjoy showing off - nothing more.
Freshman Friday is just an urban legend, nothing really happens (except a couple of things a few years ago) but is another aspect of the top dogs showing off.
What is wrong imo is dumbing down the pecking order culture and that there is no privilege with age. Those of us who are older and wiser realise that we have gone through many stages of life to get us to where we are now. We want our youth to respect us first as adults and eventually as senior citizens. Allowing them the first step of receiving this respect from their juniors is part and parcel of that process.