HUNTINGTON BEACH : City May Help Fund Grad Night Parties

The City Council on Monday night is scheduled to vote on a proposal to give $1,000 each to four city high schools to help fund their drug- and alcohol-free grad night parties.

Grad night celebrations are held at high schools on the evenings of high school graduation. The all-night parties, staged by parents, are designed to keep the new graduates from driving back and forth to numerous private parties, many of which might offer alcohol and drugs.

The California Highway Patrol has praised grad night events, saying they have helped reduce fatal accidents.

Councilwoman Grace Winchell asked the city staff to look into the possibility of the city making a donation to grad night events. Winchell made her motion after Trudee Christensen, co-chairwoman of the Huntington Beach High parents’ committee for grad night, spoke to the council last month.


In addition to Marina and Huntington Beach High, the other two regular high schools in the city are Ocean View and Edison High. All four have grad night events.