Saugerties High seniors prepare for traditional first-day-of-school tie-dyed procession

Becky Sauer, left, and Becky O’Dell tie-dye shirts. Sauer is wearing a shirt she tie-dyed. (Photos by David Gordon)

Seniors from Saugerties High School tie-dye shirts with blue dye at Cantine Field.

A printed T-shirt, ready for dyeing. Students ordered the shirts from 5 Star Awards. The store owner, the parent of a graduating senior, gave them a break on the price.


The tradition of wearing tie-dying shirts and gathering before class on the first day of school is a tradition followed by seniors at Saugerties High School for at least a generation. Rachel Staby, the parent of one of this year’s senior class, said she had participated in the activity when she was a senior in 1992. Staby distributed shirts pre-printed with the words, “Class of 2019 Saugerties Sawyers.” About 50 students showed up at the pavilion at Cantine Field on Tuesday, August 28, to dye their shirts in preparation for school opening on Wednesday, September 5.

While wearing tie-dyed shirts on the first day of school and gathering at a local shopping center to drive to school in a caravan is traditional, this year is the first that students have done the dyeing together at Cantine Field, said student government social director Mackenzie Carter.