Teacher Wears Same Outfit for 40 Years


Dale Irby recently retired after 40 years as a physical education teacher at Prestonwood Elementary in Dallas, Texas. Dale Irby wore the same polyester shirt and vest for his yearbook photo for 40 year.

It began as an accident — a product of his sparse wardrobe back in the day.

“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,” said Dale, 63.

But his wife, Cathy, dared him to do it a third year. Then Dale thought five would be funny. “After five pictures,” he said, “it was like: ‘Why stop?’”

After the first few years, Irby only pulled the 1970s shirt and vest out for picture day and put them back for the next year.