To any high school freshman who may be reading this, you might think you have it a little rough right now. After all, new routines, new classes, a faster pace of life, and those mean upperclassmen.
A freshman's life can be tough.
But here's a look back in time to remind you and your contemporaries that you don't have it so bad -- not compared to the Dorchester High School freshmen who came before you decades ago.
We searched through the old yearbooks and found this excerpt written by the DHS Class of 1947. Read it with a smile on your face.
DHS Freshman Initiation
When we, the seniors of 1947, were mere freshmen, we were subjected to the trickery and pranks of the seniors of 1943 in the form of Freshman Initiation. After preparing us for weeks in advance by telling us weird tales of the fate that awaited us on our initiation, the seniors finally announced the day. We were instructed to wear all our clothes backwards, our hair uncombed or unbraided. The girls could wear no makeup and the boys were forced to wear makeup, with ribbons in their hair and donning aprons.
At school, we were expected to salute the seniors and carry their books from class to class. The seniors lined us up in front of the student body and painted green "F's" on our foreheads.
In the evening, the seniors made us do humorous tasks. Some of us had to measure the stage with wieners, while others were forced to drink milk from baby bottles or throw tomatoes at one another. At the end of the night, ice cream was served to everyone.
The Class of 1947 got the chance to show their senior power on the 27th of September, 1946. When we initiated the freshmen class, they were ordered to come to school dressed in the fashion of Mother Goose characters. Every hour, they were to bow down and say a prayer suitable to the occasion.
At noon, the seniors marched the freshmen through main street. In the evening, a final ceremony was held with various stunts played on the freshmen. A watermelon feed followed the activities.