Prom organizers at Tracy High School have seen attendance drop sharply in recent years as many students are renting party buses instead of going to prom. While party buses may be the ultimate in prom transportation, a surprising number of kids are choosing to organize their own prom nights in smaller groups. Tracy High School activities director Alayna Carter says that some kids think that renting a party bus is a more fun and exciting option than an evening of dinner and dancing at Tracy’s Portuguese Hall.
“The kids just aren’t showing up any more,” she said recently. “They… take the party bus to San Francisco, walk around, eat wherever and drive back to someone’s house. They weren’t going to the dance, because they figured it’s just in Tracy, when they can go and do stuff out of town.”