San Francisco Teen Wears Tux, Diocese Pulls Yearbook Photo

By Jamilah King May 16, 2014

Jessica Urbina is a senior at San Francisco’s Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, but she won’t get to participate in one of high school’s storied traditions. Urbina wore a tuxedo for senior photos, and that decision has brought down the heavy hand of the San Francisco Archdiocese, which governs the areas Catholic schools and mandates that female students wear dresses in their portraits. The school announced this week that it has pulled Urbina’s photo from the yearbook.

Urbina’s supporters have started the hashtag #JessicasTux in support of the graduating senior, and students at the school have begun wearing bowties to class in protest. Urbina, along with family members, is set to meet with school administrators on Friday.