By Zoe Redlich ’20
Although uniforms are no longer required, they were once a tradition of the school. Both Westlake School for Girls and Harvard School for Boys had them. However, they were put out of use soon after the schools merged together. In an online survey sent to the Middle School, 369 students responded with their opinions on whether they wanted uniforms on campus.
“Uniforms were fine in elementary school because students were more childish and quicker to judge someone by appearance. However, now that we’re in Harvard-Westlake, a school expecting more mature kids, I feel as if a uniform isn’t needed any more to worry about kids being left out about the clothes they are wearing,” Justin Lee ’22 said in the survey.
“To wear the clothes that society tells you to because of the assumption of being cisgender is rather uncomfortable, and uniforms make the distinction even worse. If steps should be taken for the inclusion of non-binary adolescents, the elimination of the school uniform would most definitely ameliorate the situation,” George Grube ’20 said in the survey.
“I feel that it would be bad to have a uniform because people express their personalities and individuality through their clothes. I would not want a uniform. Also, a lot of students came from schools that had uniforms and were excited for middle school without uniforms. People should be able to trust the students on what they were regarding the dress code,” Jade Zoller ’22 said in the survey.
“I had uniforms last year, and they were fine. It was easier getting dressed in the morning, but it was kind of weird seeing everyone look the same,” Cory Porter ’22 said in the survey.
“I think that uniforms are easier for getting up in the morning, because it’s easier to pick out your outfit. And there’s also less pressure for what you wear,” Isabel von Mende ’20 said.
“They’re okay. A lot of people say that you can’t dress the way you want but at least in the morning it’s a lot better because you don’t have to choose what you wear in the morning. You can just ear the same thing every day,” Lana Lim ’22 said.