Gunn High School seniors threw their academic stress to the wind Friday in the school's annual Paper Toss.
Senior Class President Ori Herschmann led the countdown as students gleefully bared their backpacks and binders to create a blizzard of paper in the school's quad.
The Titan graduation ritual dates back at least to 1976, when Gunn guidance counselor Kim Cowell remembers the same celebration at her own graduation from Gunn, Assistant Principal Tom Jacoubowsky said.
"It always happens the final Friday of the year with the graduating seniors – and only the seniors," Jacoubowsky said, though other students gather to look on.
The task of cleanup belongs to the freshmen, and all is recycled by the end of the day.