Nostalgic for days I've never seen.
When you went to your high school prom did you think to yourself, “I wish this night could last forever…” Well, in 1958 it almost did.
“Traditionally,” LIFE noted in its June 9, 1958, issue, “senior proms are the high school students’ big night to howl. To keep them happy and off the roads and ultimately wear them out, many high schools now sponsor all-night dances. The only trouble is that each generation seems to take longer to wear out.”
Students at Mariemont High School near Cincinnati came close to the ultimate this year when they put on a “prom” that lasted almost 32 hours. It started with a progressive dinner (spaghetti to strawberry cake), followed by a formal but highly energetic dance. Then the students boarded a river boat for a cruise and dancing to a jazz combo. Dawn found them somewhat subdued and back at the school for breakfast. Sent home for a short rest period, they emerged refreshed and descended on an amusement park. By nightfall half the students had discovered they were mortal and had gone home to bed. The rest whipped up another dance. “It keeps getting better and better,” one said, “as I get more and more numb.”Read more about this night here on LIFE.com.
This is like my personal version of hell, tbh. I barely made it through my high school lock-in; it was the night of graduation, and I was so exhausted that I actually fell asleep in the bouncy castle around 2 AM. My friend had to come looking for me, but I refused to leave the moonbounce and she had to physically drag me out. All I remember is trying to go back to sleep while Rebecca kept attempting to rally me with, “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!” IT WAS SO BAD, YOU GUYS. And I had three graduation parties to go to the next day on top of all this, so you can probably imagine how that went.