That just about wraps the meaning behind Color Day, when those on the South Pasadena High campus are in a raucous mood, lifting school spirit to an all-new high each year.
Students arrived on campus early Friday wearing in a wide variety of costumes, from Roman Legionnaires to Tide Pods, even snare-banging gorilla,all in the name of zany fun.
A morning assembly was the day’s highlight as students – blanketed in orange and black – filled the gym for skits, performances by pep squad members, a tug-of-war between students and faculty, recognition of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court Finalists from SPHS, a scavenger hunt, and the introduction of the Homecoming Queen candidates and theme, all ending with the singing of the school’s alma mater.
South Pasadena teachers and staff also joined the fun, dressing in group themes and performing a lively dance number with students cheering them on.
Later that night, many attended the Rio Hondo League football opener when rival San Marino paid a visit to Roosevelt Field.
It’s an exciting and crazy day, and, perhaps, the most wonderful display of high school spirit anywhere in the country.
Now in its 81st year, the day, filled with good-natured fun, is an expression of creative costumes, and, of course, Tiger Pride.
“We love our Color Day tradition,” said South Pasadena High Principal Janet Anderson. “The highlights are the displays of orange and black spirit and the creativity people put into their costume concepts. Everyone looks forward to it, and it’s a very upbeat day on campus.”