Illinois students draw names for prom dates

FREEPORT, Ill. (CNN) - Prom is a time most high school students look forward to - and Tuesday at Aquin High School, juniors and seniors picked their dates with a decades-old tradition.

Here's how it works: the boys drew the names of girls at random in the library while the girls waited for them in the gym.

Then the boys came out and performed a skit before they revealed who their date is.

It's a tradition, the school says, is about bonding with classmates.

"I think most people are in disbelief and a lot of people say they would hate it. I've had a lot say 'Oh I would hate that.' But I think after they kind of hear the rest of the story and hear what goes into it I think a lot of people are actually intrigued by it. It's less of a date and more like something fun to do with your classmates," said Junior Class Adviser Michelle Gallaghar.

The tradition started in 1926 to make sure all students had a date to prom.