Students want to ditch uniform dress code at Albuquerque middle school

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Some students at Tony Hillerman Middle School are trying to change what they can and cannot wear at school by starting a petition to drop the dress code.

Alena Maestas, Evelyn Gibbons and McKenna Ackley are 6th graders at THMS.

“We started a petition to get rid of the Tony Hillerman dress code because we feel it takes away our individuality and we really want to be able to express ourselves,” Gibbons said.

The girls aren’t talking about the district-wide dress code. This is the uniform dress code that each APS school can adopt and Tony Hillerman is one of them. Students are required to wear polos with buttons and collars. Their polos can’t have any type of design and they can’t wear shirts over them. They can wear jeans or Docker style pants and hats aren’t allowed on campus.

Students said the dress code is too strict.

“It’s not fair that the teachers get to wear whatever they want and we have to wear polos every day,” Gibbons said. “We can abide by the APS dress code and it would still be appropriate and we’d get our individuality back,” Gibbons said.

Gibbons and two of her friends have collected more than 200 signatures. Some of their teachers have even signed it.

The district said a school can change its dress code, but it has to hold a public meeting to allow students and parents to weigh in on the plan.

Tony Hillerman has had a uniform code since it opened in 2010. APS has 27 middle schools and 16 of them require uniforms. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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