Your Uniform, Your Choice


By Juliana Jaramillo, Staff Writer

Everyone wakes up in the morning and makes a detailed decision on what their outfit will be for the long academic day ahead. However, why is this such a crucial decision to many Miami High students? Simple. Self-expression.

Many kids believe that their clothing choice and the small room for individuality that our dress code allows for, is a space where every student can both look and feel unique. Sophomore Victoria Millon said, “My character is reflected in what I wear to school every day.”

Carlos Cordova, another sophomore, added, “I take time picking out what I’m going to wear because it’s important to me to dress the part.”

Because dress code restricts what students can wear, it’s no surprise many think it’s unfair. Junior Paul Mattel stated, “Our school’s dress code isn’t flexible enough for me.” Lorena Martinez, a junior, said, “Cheerleaders are allowed a fair dress code for our sport; every student in Miami High should have that right.”

As you might expect, those on the other side of the argument range from assistant principal Mr. Arscott to CSI instructor Mr. Miranda. They agree that the dress code creates safety, is easy for students, and showcases school pride. Mr. Miranda said, “It simplifies getting dressed for school, and saves time.”

Principal Mr. Valdes claimed that the dress code, “Enhances school safety and doesn’t make school a fashion show, but about education.”

Students here at Miami High have their own suggestions to improve the dress code. According to sophomore Kiara Fuentes, “Small things such as ripped jeans and bare shoulders should be permitted.”

Senior Ceaser Flores couldn’t agree more. “The dress code should be changing with time, and right now is that time,” he said.

Samantha Garcia, a sophomore, stated, “No dress code, would be the best dress code.”

A way to incite this change would be through our parents, but would they agree? Sophomore Thais Maradiaga commented, “My parents would side with me that Miami High should alter their dress code.”

On the other hand, tenth grader Jose Lora de Los Santos’ parents would say, “Miami High’s dress code is already very free and adaptable. There is no need for change.”

Mr. Padilla, who teaches introduction to technology, took a different perspective on the situation by reporting, “Once a student puts on a sweater, then MHS colors are not really required; it’s a loophole for students.”