Douglass High to Host its First Prom Since 1997

3 years 10 months 6 days ago April 18, 2013 Apr 18, 2013 Thursday, April 18 2013 Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:10:00 PM CDT in News
By: Alexis Rogers
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA- In April a Columbia High School will hold prom after not hosting one for more than 15 years. Douglass High School is the only high school in the district that hasn't had one in nearly two decades.

According to Michelle Baumstark, Director of Community Relations for Columbia Public Schools, Hickman and Rockbridge High Schools usually raise the money on their own for their respective proms. Starting as early as their sophomore year, student government is designated to plan those events. Douglass High School Principal Dr. Eryca NeVille said the school has had trouble raising funds for its prom as well as recruiting volunteers. But, that all changed this year.

Opponents say because Douglass is an alternative school a prom isn't imperative. But, Principal NeVille said it's important to students to have a prom. "At Douglass and as we are transitioning our reputation back to the history that our school was founded on," said NeVille.

 

One Douglass teacher said, "people like to pretend that we are invisible here. We are far from invisible." NeVille says Douglass students have proved far from being invisible. "My thought process behind this is that prom is a wake up call for the banquet, the gala for the auction and we are going to treat it accordingly," said NeVille.

Prom will be completely free for all students. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, Unit 4731 will provide the food, location, music, decoration and also provided dresses for the prom goers. Stylistics Salon is providing free makeovers for some of the students and Douglass high school is picking up the cost of tickets.

NeVille says the outpouring of community support does not go unnoticed by students. "Our students are surprised and shocked that so many people are willing to come in and support because they are not use to the wrap around the love and the consistency with that," she said.

As for what is next for Douglass High School students NeVille said, "We are going to breathe and we are going to be that much better this time next year so this is just the beginning."

Douglass's Hollywood Nights Prom will be on April 26, 2013 at the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center.

More News

Grid
List
BOONVILLE - The MUSTANG Drug Task Force arrested 21 people on charges related to the illegal sales of drugs. The... More >>
23 minutes ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:02:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The arrest of one Columbia man accused in a terrorist plot left members of the community in shock... More >>
1 hour ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:39:00 PM CST in News
SALINE COUNTY - According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Carolyn Lacy, 66, from Sweet Springs, was traveling west on... More >>
1 hour ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:32:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Controversial legislation aimed at restricting access to multi-user restrooms has sparked conversation across the country. The so-called bathroom... More >>
2 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:27:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Fire Department, MU Health and Boone Hospital have teamed up to offer Columbia residents the File of... More >>
3 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:25:00 PM CST in News
FENTON, Mo. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has told a Missouri crowd that small business is the "beating heart... More >>
3 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:16:40 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The national college sorority Alpha Chi Omega will now admit transgender women. The sorority posted a Facebook... More >>
3 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:09:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Prescription opioids are some of mid-Missouri's deadliest drugs. Local law enforcement said because these substances enter the population... More >>
3 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:47:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Frustrated Missourians packed the road outside the Stoney Creek Inn Wednesday to voice their displeasure with Missouri’s 4th... More >>
3 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:39:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - For anyone with a damaged American flag flying outside, it might be time to replace it. To avoid... More >>
4 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:58:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's unemployed would again face losing several weeks of jobless benefits under a bill advancing in... More >>
4 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:39:54 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit by Michael Brown's parents over the 2014 police shooting death of their son... More >>
4 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:35:34 PM CST in News
PARKVILLE (AP) — Park University plans to open a campus in Lenexa, Kansas, this year. The university in... More >>
5 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:56:33 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court is ordering a resentencing for a southwest Missouri restaurateur in a $5.5-million... More >>
7 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:17:30 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is shunning the state plane and instead relying on private donors and... More >>
7 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:26:10 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say an officer has fatally shot a man who is accused of firing at officers... More >>
8 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:39:50 AM CST in News
UNIVERSITY CITY (AP) — A suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery badly damaged by vandals is getting a show of support... More >>
8 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:29:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A proposal that could allow travelers to drink alcohol at flight gates at St. Louis and... More >>
9 hours ago February 22, 2017 Feb 22, 2017 Wednesday, February 22 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:21:54 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 62°
7pm 66°
8pm 64°
9pm 61°
10pm 59°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
Blindspot
6:00p
Family Guy
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
Arrow

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld