High School Dress Code

The Standard Dress Code of SMHS is based on our belief that students should present an image that reflects a sense of pride in themselves, their families and their school. In a society which places much emphasis on fashion, where consumerism attempts to define social position and where self-worth is established by price, label or the logo which appears on clothing. Our Standard Dress Code stands as a reminder that the real worth of the individual is in what he or she accomplishes with the gifts that God has given to them.

UniformShawe high school students studying in classroom

  • SMHS Polo Shirts with the embroidered school logo. These may be short sleeved or long sleeved or sweatshirts in green, gold, maize (soft yellow) and white. Seniors have the privilege of wearing a black polo with embroidered school logo.
  • Plain slacks (no patterns, stripes, etc.) Must be khaki or navy blue. Khakis should be in the “tan” family, and can range from light cream/tan to a darker tan. Skorts, skirts, or shorts may be worn in knee-length. All must be hemmed (i.e. no frayed hems)
  • Any jackets, sweatshirts, and fleeces that are within the spirit of our school colors and that have the official Prince of Peace Logo may be worn over a uniform shirt during the school day. Alternatively, jackets, sweatshirts, and fleeces that are issued by a school sanctioned sports team or club that have the name of one or both of our schools may also be worn over the uniform shirt. Principals will reserve the right to determine if an individual jacket is not appropriate.
  • Shoes or sandals must be worn at all times.
  • Students may wear tee shirts or turtlenecks under the uniform in a green, white, tan, yellow, black, and gray.
  • All clothing must be clean, properly fitted, neat and not tattered, as well as worn with appropriate undergarments. The school logo must be in good condition.
  • Clothing must be worn as it is intended to be worn. Shirt-tails must be tucked in. Slacks and shorts must be the proper waist size and worn at the waist. No undergarments should be visible.
  • Jewelry should be modest and conservative. No other visible body parts such as a (nose, eyebrow) should be
  • pierced with jewelry. No type of gauge earring may be worn. Tattoos should not be visible while at any time, including while participating in co-curricular or extra‐curricular activities.
  • All students should be neat and well groomed. Hair: Dying, bleaching, or tinting hair to an unnatural color or having severely contrasting colors is not permitted.
  • Extreme hairstyles are not permitted (this includes partially/fully shaved heads, or razor cut styles). Boys’ hair may not be longer than the bottom of the collar, hang in the eyes, be uncombed or unmanageable.
  • Mustaches, beards, goatees or long sideburns are not allowed.
  • The administration reserves the right to define the meaning of inappropriate attire and/or extreme appearance.

Dress Down Days

The student body will have the opportunity to earn dress down days. Dress down days should be viewed as a privilege, not a right. Selection of clothing worn on “dress down days” should not contradict Catholic values, specifically clothing with references to drugs, alcohol, violence, or sex are not permitted. Clothing should be limited to blue jeans or capris and an appropriate t-shirt, polo shirt, sweatshirt, hooded sweatshirt, dress shirt or blouse. Jeans cannot be faded and must be a solid color. Shirts must have sleeves and long enough to cover the midriff. Spandex material is not permitted at any time. Undergarments should not be visible.

Spirit Days

On special days during the year, SMHS will have Spirit Days to celebrate events. Students are permitted and encouraged to wear any Shawe Memorial Spirit Wear in support of these events. Students may also choose to wear clothing that is green and/or gold. All clothing must be clean, properly fitted, neat and not tattered. Shorts must be knee length. Tights, yoga pants, leggings, and tank tops are not allowed. Students always have the option to wear their uniform.

Dress Up Days

To celebrate special occasions, SMHS may have dress up days. On these days, gentleman must wear a shirt, tie and dress pants. Shorts are not allowed. Females must wear a knee length skirt or dress, and an appropriate top. All parts of the body should be appropriately covered. Students always have the option to wear their uniform.