We sometimes forget that the White House is not only the residence of the President of the USA , but also the residence of the President’s family.
In 1975 Susan Ford, daughter of President Gerald Ford, was in her final year at Holton-Arms School.Her classmates, petitioned headmaster James Lewis to ask Susan if she could arrange for them to use the White House for the senior prom.Susan Ford asked White House Chief Usher Rex Scouten that they be permitted to hold that year’s senior class prom at the White House.
The request was granted, however there were a few terms and conditions connected to it.
- No expenses associated with the dance could be borne by the United States Government.
- All participants to the prom were required to provide their names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers to the United States Secret Service a minimum of thirty days prior to the event.
- Members of the band, ‘The Outerspace Band’, selected to perform at the prom could not have any outstanding drug charges against them.
The Class of ’75, paid $1,300 for the prom out of class funds.
While the President and first lady were thousands of miles away on a historic European diplomatic mission, Susan Ford was making some modest history on her own back home. She played host to the first . and thus far only, high school senior prom ever held in the White House. It was held on May 31, 1975, and it was generally well-received by those who attended.
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