What Is Spirit Wear?

Spiritwear refers to wearables like T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts that capture a school’s unique spirit, representing the corresponding colors, logo, and mascot to facilitate a sense of pride and unity.

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Things We Wish Someone Told Us Senior Year (Part 1)

Once you walk across the graduation stage, things change – whether you’re ready for them or not. Suddenly, all the structure vanishes. No classes, no extracurriculars, no early mornings or all-nighters, no unavoidable social interactions, no homework, no tests, no set path. You may already be 18, but the transition from high school to the vast unknown is a far more significant threshold to cross. That’s why the habits you form during the final few months of your primary education are what craft your young adulthood, whether you’re going on to pursue additional education, taking a gap year, or entering the workforce. 

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Spiritwear for the Ages: High School, Junior High, Middle School, & Elementary School

Looking back, we remember our first experiences with spiritwear at a young age, maybe before middle school even. Yet, it started to feel cool from middle school and beyond – like it was something to pursue. We looked up to our high school role models at the football games decked out in football spiritwear and school colors from head to toe, competing for the free shirt shots into the stand and overall just having a great time. We associated high school sport spiritwear with fun, festivities, and friendship, so it became our biggest goal to get as much as we could – for all age groups.

Elementary School Sport Spiritwear 

Let’s start with the little ones. They may be young, but that doesn’t mean your Pre-K-to-Grade-4 students don’t deserve some spiritwear just for them! You can make spiritwear bigger than just class or grade shirts, even when they’re only starting out at school. Fun graphics, bright colors, easy-to-read fonts – it’s all fair game! Some schools started traditions of shirt signings rather than yearbook signings, and having fun elementary school spiritwear for their classmates to sign and doodle on is such a fun idea. Sure, they’ll outgrow their shirts in a year or two, but this can make them more memorable and sentimental down the line.

Plus, younger kids love to find themselves matching with their classmates, as it gives them an automatic friend for the day while they’re getting used to constant classroom socialization. They’ll think it’s cool that someone else has the same shirt as them, whereas accidental matching isn’t so cool once they grow up.

Middle School Sport Spiritwear 

It’s not as typical in middle school to have the same volume of pep rallies and school-encouraged event attendance, but you typically knew what was up when it came to games and championships. In “collect-it-all” fashion, however, schools often hand out spiritwear shirts like candy, whether it be class shirts, club shirts, grade shirts, field trip shirts, athletics shirts, or prizes for fundraisers and class competitions. If you went out looking for middle school sport spiritwear, you’d find it. 

Even though your football spiritwear, basketball spiritwear, and beyond will multiply as you (or your child) progress through junior high and high school, don’t toss out the old just yet. There are several ways to repurpose old spiritwear, which we’ll get to in a second. 

Junior High Sport Spiritwear 

Junior high means something different for everyone nowadays. From housing a few grades to possibly just one, junior high is when things start to get more fun. This is when students are introduced to spirit weeks and more high school and junior high sports games. This is when steller athletes can make it to the JV teams, and those games tend to feel more legit than anything thus far (especially if you haven’t made it to an HS game yet). You may even see a pep rally or two, depending on how many students in your junior high take part in various athletic (or hey, even academic) activities. 

Often, junior high sport spiritwear is more reminiscent of high school designs, maybe using less youthful slogans, fonts, and graphics than anything you’d see in the younger grades. This makes the junior high designs more likely to transcend into high school, at least for a little bit before they collect their spiritwear from high school clubs, sports events, and other activities. 

High School Sport Spiritwear 

You’ve made it to the main event! 

High school is where it’s at in terms of school pride, participating in school events, and figuring out your young adult identity through clubs, organizations, and electives. There’s pretty much something going on every day of the week, regardless of what season it is – you just have to know where to look. If there’s not a club or organization for it yet, now’s the time to start your own! (Awesome application addition or resume builder, by the way.) 

It’s always a big thing for school athletics committees to fundraise by using football spiritwear, basketball spiritwear, track spiritwear, baseball spiritwear, and so forth before the seasons commence. If the team makes it to the championships, there’s definitely more sport spiritwear to come. It’s a fun end-of-year (or graduation!) activity to round up all your school spirit shirts to see how many you collected over the years, and high school athletics really add a spike to that number.

It’s not all about athletics and clubs, however; in some high schools across the country, there’s an unspoken tradition during AP testing season for individual classes to design their own shirts to wear into the test as a sign of class pride, which is a more niche take on school spiritwear. You can’t gloss over the academics – they’ve got their pride, too!

Don’t Discount Hand-Me-Down High School Sport Spiritwear 

Parents, do your kids have older siblings with spiritwear in boxes? The same goes for the students – do your older brothers or sisters have spiritwear just lying around?  Shake off the dust and let them see the light of day! If you’re wanting to stand out or show off your swag, “vintage” spiritwear is a fun way to go (and a great way to recycle middle school sport spiritwear and junior high sport spiritwear). It can highlight your family legacy at the school if you’ve been a “lifer” or simply shake things up from the school spirit shirts everyone your age has. 

If you don’t have them, don’t worry! Everyone’s legacy has to start with someone. 

What to Do with All Those Extra Shirts

As a parting thought, we wanted to encourage everyone to keep their keepsakes around for some heartwarming DIY projects. The go-to is a quick T-shirt quilt because you’ll have plenty of material to pull from. (We know of parents who like to do this as a graduation gift when their kid moves on to college or the workforce.) Similarly, you can turn your favorites into pillows.

If you want to do away with them all together but have them fall into the right hands, you can always donate them at school clothing drives (where they’ll be hot ticket items for sure!) or simply repurpose them into workout shirts, aprons, pajama pants, or even baby clothes.

Whatever You Decide to Do, Do It with 1st Place Spiritwear 

At 1st Place Spiritwear, we carry high-quality school spiritwear for everyone in your family – whether you’re a parent or a student-to-be. We not only carry the widest selection of school spiritwear for schools across the nation, but we offer unique virtual fundraising that’s streamlined, no matter how big or small the campaign. We carry 150+ unique spiritwear designs for all schools, and with all those design options, there’s something for everyone!

We sought out to make spiritwear you want to wear, utilizing the highest quality fabrics, original (and cool!) designs by leading T-shirt graphic designers, and easy ordering software with no minimum orders or catches. We didn’t want to be the cheapest option available because that tends to mean cutting corners somewhere, so instead, we sought out to be the best spiritwear company out there.

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The Importance of School Clubs and Organizations

What do you remember most about school? It’s likely not the tests, assignments, iffy lunches, or early hours. Instead, it’s probably your classmates, teachers, club events, and other academic organizations. Without those integral social aspects of education, school would be a one-note experience – all academics, all the time. The key to a pleasant school experience is to work hard, play hard. The importance of school clubs and organizations goes beyond just existing. It’s finding the right fit, knowing how to organize a school club, learning about cooperation and leadership, and more.

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Prepping to Go Back to School: A Student Guide

If you’ve been to your local supermarket recently, you’ve probably seen evidence of BTS – “back to school,” that is. Those yellow pencil boxes, buckets, and bins are likely filled to the brim with all the essentials for students of every age. Sure, summer isn’t quite at a close, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the next semester. 

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6 of the Best Ideas for School Spirit Day

We all know it – there are good school spirit days, and there are lame dress-up days. Students either go all out or don’t go out at all if they don’t like a theme. Whether you’re in charge of this year’s themes or you’re a student looking for some ideas on what to wear for your favorite school spirit day, stick around.

What Are School Spirit Days? 

Spirit Week is typically an annual event in which students (and staff) dress up schoolwide according to different themes, usually lining up with a big event like homecoming or a state championship of some sort. These week-long events are epic photo ops for the yearbook and school newsletters, so the more involved people get, the better. That’s why it’s important to pick good themes for school spirit days.

Unique School Spirit Day Ideas

Lookalike Day – Students can dress as each other (think: twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc.) or like a character or celebrity. The options are pretty flexible here (and adhere to most of the reasonable dress codes) and don’t demand having a large friend group to pull it off. So, even our introverted students and faculty can figure something out with this theme, making it a different school spirit day than normal. 

Hobby Day – This can also take on many forms. You can rep your hobby through accessories, like carrying a ball or a prop around all day, or in the form of a band or theater production shirt to show your interest in those fields. It allows for variety since everyone has different hobbies. This can also be a unique conversation starter among students and faculty, promoting social interactions that may not happen if they aren’t wearing their hobby on their sleeve. Instead of doing “Clubs Day” as a school spirit day, we recommend using this idea to cater to more niche hobbies that may not get a school-sanctioned club. 

Classic School Spirit Day Ideas

Let’s go over some fan favorites, shall we? These are the themes that stand the test of time, as they are typically well liked across the board. 

Lazy Day – Often called “PJ Day,” this day gives everyone a chance to wear their cozies. Since that seems to be the norm nowadays, this should be easy for everyone. Slippers, sweats, eye masks, stuffed animals, and fluffy robes will fill your campus on this day because students of all ages enjoy a day where they don’t really have to get ready. Expect a lot of ‘is it nap time?’ questions, though. This is easily the most popular school spirit day because everyone can participate without feeling a need to go out and find something new. 

Crazy Day – Here’s another day that’s up for interpretation. Lots of schools limit this day to “Crazy Hair Day,” but we think the sky’s the limit when you call it “Crazy Day.” You’ll see funky, temporary colors and distracting styles that are typically discouraged, but it’s a pretty low-stress, low-budget, and universally liked day as far as school spirit days go. 

College & Career Day – It’s as simple as it sounds. Have students dress up in gear for their dream school or job! We think it’s best to provide options since nowadays, the undergrad path isn’t for everyone! Technical colleges and certification programs exist, which is where career wear comes into play. It’s best to do this school spirit day theme in the fall since acceptances and rejections arrive in the spring. This could potentially be a touchy subject among students, especially if attending their dream school doesn’t play out as they wished.

School Spirit Day The namesake of the affair is a classic for a reason. More often than not, everyone has come across a club, game day, or simple school spirit shirt during their time in your district. (If not, what a fun way to launch a new school spirit shirt design, right? Make it a schoolwide affair!). You can wear school colors, dress like your mascot, embrace the fun accessories – you name it! This is usually the last day of spirit week, so set it off with a bang, ESPECIALLY if you’re going straight to the game or match after school… 

Make 1st Place Spiritwear Your Go-To for School Spirit Day

Heck, it’s in our name! If you’re a school looking for a quick and easy school fundraiser, selling personalized spiritwear is a great way to go. Spirit week has the potential to bring people together and improve mid-semester slumps, let alone the surge of energy felt throughout the school, campus, or district during events like this. 

Interested in what we have to offer? Search your school to see our original designs made with your school in mind, or head on over to our fundraising page to learn more about our direct and easy, virtual fundraisers. 

The Best School Activities to Wear Your Spirit Wear

School pride is all about bleeding those school colors (figuratively speaking, of course), but there’s a time and place to rep your high school spirit wear, and a funeral or church is not one of those places. So, let’s explore a few creative ways to show what team you represent!

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What Does It Mean to Show School Spirit?

What does it mean to show school spirit? When you show school spirit, you show pride for your school and what it stands for – pride for the skills you’ve developed at school, whether that be integrity, teamwork, valor, creativity, athletics, intelligence, tenacity, or curiosity. Showing school spirit is not only pride but support. 

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