Listed below are the past traditions taken from the 1966 "Show Me" book
the basketball season each year the "A" team elects a girl to represent
them as Basketball Queen. She is honored at the last game of the
is on of Joplin High School's established traditions, in which JHS
alumni are honored every year with a football game and dance. This
event takes place in the fall, usually in October. Candidates for
Homecoming Queen are introduced in the Homecoming Parade held on the
afternoon before the game. The identity is always a carefully guarded
secret until the moment she is announced during half-time at the game.
The president of the student council has the honor of crowning the
Homecoming Queen. After the game the Homecoming dance is held. All JHS
students and alumni are invited.
JOPLIMO QUEEN CORONATION
student body elects the Joplimo Queen from among several candidates.
All sophomore, junior, and senior home rooms nominate three senior
girls. The names of all these nominees are compiled and given to each
home room to be voted upon The three senior girls with the greatest
number of votes are the candidates for Joplimo Queen. Eligibility for
the final vote depends upon the purchase of contract to purchase a
Joplimo, according to the following system:
is carried on for one week after the three candidates are introduced in
an assembly by their respective managers. The successful candidate is
revealed at the impressive coronation assembly, usually in early
February, with the other two candidates honored as attendant to the
queen. The Joplimo staff goes all out to make this coronation the most beautiful and thrilling events of the year.
Junior-Senior Prom is a a farewell dance which the juniors give for the
seniors. The Junior-Senior Prom committee (made up of junior class
members) is in charge of preparation for the prom and each year works on
a number of projects to raise money for decorations, a professional
band, refreshments, etc.
spring the ROTC department sponsors the annual Military Ball. All ROTC
cadets and their dates may attend as well as certain other invited
A queen is chosen from among the girls attending by three capable adult judges.
ROSE ASSEMBLY AND DANCE
Rose Assembly, which takes place in the spring at the end of basketball
season, is held in honor of the football and basketball players. The
cheerleaders are in charge of this beautiful assembly and spare no
effort in making the decorations. During the assembly, cheerleaders
present each player with a rose, which he, in turn, will later give to
his favorite girl or his mother.
Rose Dance is also in honor of the football and basketball players, and
is held on the night of the Rose Assembly. Any student of JHS may
attend. The Student Council make the necessary arrangements.
ROTC CHRISTMAS DANCE
before Christmas each year, the Diamond and Disc Club sponsors the
Christmas Dance. All ROTC cadets and their dates may attend.
Week comes at the end of the school year. The week gets off to a
roaring start with Twirp day. From then on there are activities every
night. The week culminates with Class Day, when, after the annual Class
Day Assembly the seniors are permanently dismissed from Joplin High
School's portals of learning.
the Christmas season each year the Y-Teens elect the Snowball Queen. She is then honored at the Snowball Dance, which all Y-Teens and their
dates may attend.
Day was established by Mr. Greer in 1954 and has been celebrated every
year since. although there are certain limitation, on this day seniors
are allowed to wear Bermuda shorts or "clam diggers" and the weird
outfits that turn up are often amusing. TWIRP Day is the day when
Joplimos are distributed.
In case you're curious, TWIRP means
"The woman is required to pay" and on TWIRP Day that's exactly what
happens! The girls pay for the boys' lunches, carry their books, and
literally do everything for them that social etiquette normally requires
boys do for girls. A dance in honor of the seniors is held that night,
to which seniors, juniors, and sophomores are all invited - provided the
girls agree to escort the boys, that is!