Thursday 21 November 2019

School gym teacher becomes viral hit for wearing same jumper in yearbook photo for 40 years

Dale Irby Photo: Dallas Morning News /
Dale Irby Photo: Dallas Morning News /
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A GYM teacher in a high school in the US has become a viral sensation – after wearing the same jumper in the school’s yearbook for 40 years.

Dale Irby from Dallas has wore the same brown V-neck in every year’s yearbook since he started working at the school in 1973.

The Dallas Morning New’s published a collage of all the pictures together on their website, and it attracted 1.3m hits.

The 63-year-old said the tradition began by accident when he wore the outfit two years in a row without realising.

When he first got his picture taken for Prestonwood Elementary's yearbook he was told to dress more formally than his usual gym shorts and vest – so he grabbed the most appropriate thing he could find in his wardrope.

 “I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” he told the Dallas Morning News..

His wife Cathy dared him to wear the same outfit for a third year running  and a tradition was born.

“After five pictures, it was like, why stop?” he joked.

Despite 40 years having passed, Irby claims the outfit still fits him, although he admits: “I have to suck in a little”.

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