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Damien maintains strict dress code policy

Aren Dela Cruz Aren Dela Cruz
Burton Tomita Burton Tomita

By Stephanie Lum - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - Some might say the boys at Damien Memorial School are looking pretty sharp these days. That's because during this time of the year, a strict dress code goes into effect.

Starting this month, three days out of the week, students at Damien must wear a shirt and tie, during the other days; a polo or aloha shirt. School officials continue what they say is one of the strictest dress codes for boys in Hawaii.

"It teaches respect and accountability, said middle school principal Burton Tomita. "We notice when boys are dressed up, it kind of improves their behavior and attitude in class."

A scan of the cafeteria shows everyone's onboard. Shoes are polished, trousers pressed and shirts tucked in. There are no signs of any earrings or caps and everyone's clean-shaven.

"I think it's strict but it's going to help us when we get older and apply for jobs and get used to wearing clothes like this," said Damien student Aren Dela Cruz.

"Since we all dress like this, it's like a brotherhood, look good and learn and help each other," said Damien student Nick Sakamoto.

The all-boys school prides itself on its long history of well-groomed students saying it instills in them a sense of responsibility and discipline.

"It does teach them that it's early in the morning and on Tuesday they have to have a shirt, tie, and a belt," said Tanimoto.

"Well, for me it doesn't matter because my mom does it, my mom irons my clothes," said Sakamoto.

Students also say having a dress code helps them save money since it costs less to buy a shirt and tie than the latest designer clothes.

There are some exceptions, during hot months like May, the boys will be allowed to wear polo or aloha shirts so they're not left sweating it out.

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