For the past century, The Campanile has kept staff and students informed and involved in their student community and social events. From various peculiarly themed dances to an exhausting musical marathon by the band, jazz band and orchestra, this edition of the Centennial Report explores the February events of the past.
Feb. 4, 1932
After some preparation, plans for the annual Masquerade were announced, with a storybook theme. The dance was held in the girls’ gym, and the Masquerade Ball Committee hosted a ball that included reenactments of well-known scenes from “Winnie the Pooh,” “Romeo and Juliet” and much more.
Feb. 6, 1941
In the 1941 edition of The Campanile, the much-anticipated Spring Formal date and theme were announced. With a Pearl Harbor theme, the event was held prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occured in December of that year. The decoration committee included details regarding their top-secret plans by hinting at a recreation of a battleship and Hawaiian docks for the dance. It was advertised that there would be an auction to fundraise on the day of the formal. The Pearl Harbor theme had beat out votes for a Mother Goose themed formal. During the Spring Formal, sophomores participated in a less formal dance held in the girls locker room.
Feb. 17, 1961
The “Beads and Beauxs” dance, a couples-only Valentine’s Day dance, was advertised for Feb. 18 with huge anticipation for a performance by popular local band “The Zodiacs.” This issue included a photograph of students at the dance in “Roaring ‘20s” outfits, with girls wearing flapper costumes and the boys sporting ‘20s-inspired suits. The dance was a conglomeration of different themes — a Sadie Hawkins dance with a ‘20s theme and a Valentine’s Day dance rolled into one.
Feb. 3, 1978
This edition featured Paly’s third annual band marathon. The Paly band, orchestra and jazz ensemble performed for almost 49 hours straight to raise money, and proved to be a huge success. However, their efforts took a physical toll — during the event, students were barely able to find time to sleep or eat, and suffered from dry throats and swollen lips after their two-day-long marathon of music.