Hillsboro HS students say no to homecoming court

Student leadership says homecoming court isn't inclusive and equitable for all students

A sign at Hillsboro High School. (KOIN)
A sign at Hillsboro High School. (KOIN)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — There will no longer be a homecoming court at Hillsboro High School.

A sign at Hillsboro High School. (KOIN)
A sign at Hillsboro High School. (KOIN)

The decision was made earlier this week by the senior leadership class of the student government. They outlined the decision in a letter to the staff, saying homecoming court didn’t focus on alumni, was based entirely on popularity and wasn’t gender inclusive. They concluded by saying “It’s time for us to let new traditions develop that are inclusive and equitable for all students.”

“There are some people who really are celebrating the decision, of course there’s some people who have an issue with it,” Beth Graser, a spokesperson for the Hillsboro School District tells KOIN 6 News.

Students who disagreed gathered more than 200 signatures on a petition against the decision. Some parents are upset as well.

“I don’t think we necessarily need to force students of today to hang onto traditions of the past that they don’t feel work for them anymore,” Graser said.

Friday night’s homecoming parade will go on as scheduled before the football game, just without the homecoming court appearance beforehand.