Written by Tim Sun
Gunn Student Executive Council (SEC) revealed this year’s prom location, San Francisco City Hall, at lunch today in Bow Gym. Prom will take place on April 16 at the historic site, which is in the heart of Civic Center Plaza. The iconic landmark is famous for its elegant architecture, rich history, grand staircase and exquisite lighting.
During the dance, students will be able to take part in a number of activities apart from dancing. “We’ll have a bunch of casino games, so there will be blackjack tables, craps and roulette,” Dance Commissioner senior Radhika Ranganathan said.
Photo opportunities will be available throughout the day, starting with a photo booth in the staff lounge at Gunn. At San Francisco City Hall, there will be a photo booth, caricature booth and flipbook booth, which will combine a series of photos into a moving picture.
Treasurer senior Kellen Liu adds that the diverse activities will give all students something to look forward to. “We really wanted everybody to have something to do this year,” he said. “If dancing isn’t your thing, you’re still going to have a blast.”
Some changes have been implemented to improve the prom experience. There will be no set table assignments, and dinner will not be served in a formal restaurant style. Instead, students will be able to pick up food and eat anywhere around the venue. “It’s going to be hors d’oeuvres—basically finger food,” Ranganathan said. “It doesn’t require people to sit down to eat, [so] they can walk around and mingle.” Students will have a variety of food choices, and dessert options like chocolate fountains will be offered.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased in the Student Activities Center or on the Gunn webstore. Until March 18, tickets are $90 with an ASB card and $100 without or for guests. Prices rise by $10 after March 18, and ticket sales end on March 31 in the SAC and on April 6 online.
Watch the 2016 prom video by SEC Videographers seniors Yui Sasajima and Lin-Lin Liu here.