1930s
At Corona Del Mar HS
I was surprised to see their senior prank on video. I didn’t know high schools had them. If you’re like me, you didn’t know they’re a widespread tradition now, I THOUGHT planned with the consent of the principal.

 

Usually students paint signs on the school walls, tape desks and chairs with cellophane, move chairs into walk ways, post silly pictures of a principal, and more. This one at Corona Del Mar High School is different. We wouldn’t have gotten away with this at SHHS in the 1960s. Watch:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxwYCTlFgfo

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Paul Saevig, ‘67 on June 1, 2018 at 11:27 PM said:

Thanks, Don.

I watched several senior pranks on the Internet, and it seemed as if some at least had the tacit approval of a principal. Maybe he talked to 2 or 3 student leaders who promised him the prank wouldn’t get out of hand.

But I don’t really know and you do.
Don Martin ‘64 on June 1, 2018 at 4:37 PM said:

As the former principal of CDM, I lived through numerous Senior Pranks. None of them were sanctioned or approved by the administration. However, several were very clever.
1. Bringing the plastic whale from Newport Dunes and placing it in the quad
2. “Borrowing” the army caisson from the Armory, although that group was apprehended on PCH and had to return it.
3. Creating a sandy beach in the quad and playing Jimmy Buffet tunes, when staff arrived in the morning.
Just a few good memories—nobody hurt and kids cleaned up the mess. B9EA

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I doubt if any principals or staff actually like these senior pranks, but if they prohibited them, some of the students would create a prank anyway, maybe causing serious damage. The pranks seem to be more prevalent at high schools with all the facilities inside one big building, where hallways can be blocked, rooms can be filled with balloons, chairs can be stacked in a chair mountain, and more.