Prom at Oak Park and River Forest High School went off without a hitch this year, said Cindy Milojevich, OPRF activities director and mother of a prom-goer.
"It was good kids having a good time," Milojevich said.
The formality of prom "automatically raises the behavior level," and the deejay played "a great mix of music" that "fostered a group dynamic," she said. The deejay did so by playing songs everybody knew and songs with associated dances like the Charlie Brown.
The school dealt with problems with inappropriate dancing at an informal dance earlier in the school year.
OPRF sold 760 tickets to the event, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 E. Wacker Dr., in Chicago. Tickets were $70 each and included dinner at the Hyatt.
The theme was "Viva La Oak Park," with casino favors on the tables, such as playing cards, dice and chocolate poker chips. A psychic was on hand to do readings.
Milojevich said one parent found the dresses girls wore much more tasteful than those worn a decade ago.
Asked what else was different from when she attended prom and "Stairway to Heaven" was popular, Milojevich said intolerance of drugs and alcohol by parents and school officials wasn't what it is now. As for sex, there were no incidents at the dance.
"What happens after they leave, I don't know," she said.
But kids these days don't attend prom exclusively in couples. Even those who do often make the event more of a group affair with partying after the prom at lake homes in Michigan and Wisconsin, she said.
Milojevich said students from all different social groups attended the prom.
"It was kind of an extension of Ethnic Fest," she said.
ORPF's "A Place for All" dance hosted by the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) on May 6 included GSA clubs from Maine East and Maine South high schools.
Approximately 45 students attended the event, a school official said.
OPRF's GSA had been invited to other schools' dances in prior years.