Some Teachers Never Change … Literally!



As a teacher who once accidentally posed for an official school photo with some ketchup parading on my top lip, I love the story of the gym teacher who wore the same clothes for 40 consecutive yearbook photos:

A gym teacher is retiring after a 40-year career – and taking his trademark yearbook outfit with him.

Dale Irby, 63, accidentally wore the same clothes – a brown v-neck sweater and groovy white patterned shirt- for the school yearbook photo in both 1973 and 1974.

When his wife Cathy, also a teacher, dared him to wear the outfit for the third-year running at Prestonwood Elementary in Texas, Mr Irby accepted the challenge – and ran with it.

Each time his picture was taken during his 40-year career, he reached for his old favorite threads.

He told the Dallas Morning News: ‘I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year… After five pictures, it was like: ”Why stop?”’

He said that he wore the outfit because he had been instructed to smarten up instead of wearing his usual gym shorts for the school picture.


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