HILLSBORO, Ore. -- The crowns have been cut.

Students at Hillsboro High School announced they are doing away with the longtime tradition of electing a homecoming king, queen and court.

In a letter sent to faculty and staff, members of the school’s student government, who spearheaded the move, explained, “Holding up a select few students based on ambiguous social criteria and social standing does not reflect the values of our school.”

The letter also explains that the concept of Homecoming was invented to honor returning alumni, a meaning that, students say, has been lost.

It concludes by saying, “Hilhi aims to be a place where all students can have their strengths, talents and achievements showcased. Our goal is for students to be consistently recognized for the great things they do in our school and our community.”

Some students said the decision is an unpopular one.

District staff confirmed the decision to KGW Thursday morning, one day before the school’s scheduled Homecoming parade and football game, against Rex Putnam High School.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

HHS Homecoming Letter by KGW News on Scribd