In my four years at McKinney High School, I’ve yet to ask a girl to a dance.
It’s not that I’m afraid of rejection and don’t want to ask anyone, but that I’ve never been given the opportunity. See, at MHS, the mark-your-calendar formal event is MORP (PROM backwards, where the girls ask the guys). Therefore, the ladies do all of the asking, paying and preparations for the anticipated MORP dance, while guys like me get to sit back and wait for an invite. Though I shouldn’t complain, I feel as if this high school experience is unordinary; it’s time the boys learn how to escort a girl to a dance. The tables should turn in favor of the girls.
I’m glad McKinney High is “like no other” and all, but I wish it would follow the Texas homecoming stereotypical traditions on a day like today, Friday, Oct. 7. It’s homecoming. There should be mums hanging over girls like dresses, the sound of cowbells muting the hallways, and giant blue and gold spirit signs blanketing every inch of our school.
Couples should watch the football game from the stands, dressed to the nines. The homecoming dance would follow the game, and would be a much more formal affair. Even if held in the school cafeteria (like Boyd did this year), it would make for great memories. We would welcome home visiting graduates of MHS, with all the pomp and circumstance typical of a down-home Texas football Friday night.
We live in the heart of football country, in a state where everything is big, big and bigger. It feels like McKinney High has dropped the ball by downplaying its own homecoming rituals — like we are somehow missing out on a sacred Texas rite of high school passage.
I’m an MHS senior. I missed my chance, but I sure hope my younger brothers will get theirs.
Story submitted by TSB contributor Quinn Murray, a senior at McKinney High.