I went to a Baptist school and consequently, never had a prom. In fact the only time I’ve ever worn a formal outfit was my first wedding and I wore my Mother’s wedding dress for that. But that’s not my point. I did go to several dances at a nearby private Catholic boys’ school. Those dances were chaperoned by nuns and priests. Parents weren’t allowed to intrude on the teens evenings. I had friends at public schools. They said their dances and proms had teachers, not parents. I can’t imagine having a parent as a date for a dance. Boys sometimes came without dates but that was to make trouble. If a girl didn’t have a date, not only did she not attend, she had an imaginary engagement that kept her from attending.