Everyone knows what prom is but do you know how it first came about?
The word prom is short for promenade: the formal, introductory parading of guests at a party. At the high school level, proms were a regular event by the early 1900s. These turn-of-the-century proms were generally simple affairs where youth came only to dine together in their Sunday best. However, by the 1920s and 1930s, dancing had also become an essential element of the prom. Rather than a simple gathering, prom became an annual class banquet where students met with each other and danced afterward.