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Martha Head is primping for Prom in the 1960s.

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Martha Head is primping for Prom in the 1960s.

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Coronado students have been getting dressed up and letting their dance moves out on the dance floor since 1966, which was Coronado’s very first prom.  The popular trends such as hair styles, clothing, and dance moves have dramatically changed over the years, but the main idea of prom, to have a fun time with friends, has stayed the same throughout the years.

Martha Head attended Coronado and went to prom in 1967 and 1968, her junior and senior year of high school.

Now prom is held at Lubbock’s Civic Center, however this has not always been the venue for Coronado’s prom.

“Our proms were held in the school cafeteria both years I went,” Head said.

Most students at Coronado now would never dream of attending a prom that was in the school cafeteria.  So in the eyes of the students the change in venue has improved over the years.

Senior class girls of '66 pose for a picture at Prom.

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Senior class girls of ’66 pose for a picture at Prom.

Prom has always been a day for girls to dress up, get their hair done, and feel special ever since the beginning.  However some of the styles and trends have changed over the years.

“The girls all wore long dresses and some had long gloves,” Head said “It was rare to see a strapless dress.”

This is very different from how the girls dress now.  Today it is hard to find a dress that isn’t strapless, and many girls wear short dresses.  Long gloves are also a thing of the past.

Having fun with friends on prom night has stayed the same throughout the years.  Many students go to a nice restaurant and then hang out afterwards and make lasting memories.

“My senior year before prom we went to Bush’s Steak House,” Head said “then to Weinerschnitzel after prom, because hot dogs were 18 cents.”

Dancing the night away can really work up an appetite.  Dancing has always been a part of prom, although the students haven’t always danced the way they do now.

“The dance moves were the Pony, the Monkey, and the Watusi,” Head said “Slow dances were mainly standing still and barely moving our feet.”

Prom has always been a night meant for the students to have fun and make memories with their friends.

Martha Head went to both of her proms with her boyfriend, who is now her husband of 45 years.

“My favorite memory is mainly being with my guy and having fun,” Head said.

This year’s prom is going to be “Under the Sea” themed, so maybe you can catch yourself a date and enjoy Coronado’s 50th prom and make some lasting memories that you will cherish forever.

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