Teacher Wears Same Yearbook Photo Outfit 40 Years In A Row

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Jul. 02, 2013

Dale Irby is a man of integrity. He commits to a joke no matter how long it could last. At least, he did after his wife dared him to.

Irby was a sports teacher at a Dallas, Texas school for 40 years. He wore comfortable clothes normally but needed something presentable so he chose a shirt and vest. Then, he accidentally chose the same outfit the next year. At first, he was embarrassed. But his wife dared him to do it again so he did. Then he kept doing it for his entire teaching career.

We here at Break salute your commitment, Mr. Irby.

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Editor's note: 1986 is the best.

- Mark (twitter)

211 comments
Gerri-Newcamp-657
Gerri-Newcamp-657 User

In 1989 the sweater vest was getting a hole... just next to his right armpit.  The hole gets bigger each year and is VERY visible in the 2012 picture.  You'd think his wife would have mended it for him.  After all, this was her idea!  Just sayin'... LOL

Tina-Felton-711
Tina-Felton-711 User

Same outfit, hair and moustache. Did he shave to the same moustache every picture day, too? Part his hair the same way just for the photo? That is a lot of the same-same. Yikes. In 1986, he looks stoned. Is that the reason the editor likes it? It is a cool 40 year project. I could not have pulled it off.

RSBizzle
RSBizzle User

wonder if he had the same wife

Crystal-Cameron-975
Crystal-Cameron-975 User

I think it's cool to see how he ages as you scroll down. This was neat.

Jeff-Sullivan-88
Jeff-Sullivan-88 User

One of the coolest things I've ever seen!!

Well done sir....well done!!

As I flipped through the pics and the years...I began to think about where I was in that year and who I was with etc. I found myself smiling and frowning on the different pics.......might just be me...I'm a bit weird sometimes. I will say I was smiling more than frowning though.

Mr_Tideman
Mr_Tideman User

Is there an old teacher who doesn't do this?

Imjovial2day
Imjovial2day User

Love how 2004 and 2005 look so identical to each other

summerocean
summerocean User

Incredible He hasn't gained apound in  40 years looks the same like Dick Smothers

pjpreilly
pjpreilly User

Dang! That looks like my brother Kip!

Shirley-Turner-265
Shirley-Turner-265 User

It is amazing he was the same size for 40 years.  Not everybody can do that.

James-Pryan-794
James-Pryan-794 User

Great dedication!!  to the legacy of the photos and teaching our youth!!  Congrats!!! 

Deborah-Palladino-851
Deborah-Palladino-851 User

This is great. How fun! What foresight! And by the way ... Thank you for bein a teacher for so many years.

Jared-Tetzner-718
Jared-Tetzner-718 User

I like how the glasses started out small and got enormous and then got small again


Katie-Elise-Elrod-373
Katie-Elise-Elrod-373 User

Thanks Dale Irby for the study on aging - I'm a makeup artist so your pictures are an awesome reference - wish you could keep sending me an annual photo!!  Keep it up!

Caeleko
Caeleko User

That is just awesome.. =) WTG!

toucH420
toucH420 User

2005-2006 what happend? he gained a lot of weight haha

Sam-Shacked-274
Sam-Shacked-274 User

so Mr. Irby, how is the pullover vest coming along? 

g-man1984
g-man1984 User

Amazing!! Who said teachers were ever boring.

SuzAnne-Wilson-386
SuzAnne-Wilson-386 User

I think this is also a testament to the perpetuity of men's fashion.  As a woman, I could never do this without 34 of the years looking horribly out-dated.

SuzAnne-Wilson-386
SuzAnne-Wilson-386 User

Like a truly old-school teacher, he also refrained from smiling before Winter Break for 38 years!  Mr. Irby, you rock!

rslevine
rslevine User

he out Mr. Holland's Opus Mr. Holland's Opus

ajgmazzieri
ajgmazzieri UserTop Commenter

86'-89'... baller ass lenses. 

spaniel007
spaniel007 User

Seems like he's one the cool teachers that stands out in your life then and later on..

Sandy-Asseff-94
Sandy-Asseff-94 User

This is awesome!! I would love to know the laundry soap he uses!! 30 years!

Colby-Fulton-345
Colby-Fulton-345 User

Why doesn't the quality of the photos get any better? Same camera too?

DamageInM
DamageInM User

@toucH420 Doesn't seem much different himself, rather the way the photo was taken.