The sink and urinal in this bathroom are uncomfortably close. Photo courtesy of Ben Petersen.

The sink and urinal in this bathroom are uncomfortably close. Photo courtesy of Ben Petersen.

Male students of The Gregory School continue to complain about the quality and decency of men’s restrooms.

The quality of the restrooms has persisted as a problem at The Gregory School, and many male students have submitted complaints to the administration over the past year, including several male members of Student Council.

The main complaint preoccupying male students has been a lack of dividers in the restrooms. The urinals are spaced very close together, and this can be uncomfortable and awkward for male students when teachers also use the restrooms.

Another constant complaint male students have is the decency and cleanliness of the restrooms. James Bauman, a male student of The Gregory School, said, “At the beginning of the year they were perfectly clean, but ever since then, they have deteriorated so much that I don’t even use them because they smell so foul.”

The administration has ceased to make any changes despite the constant complaints. The response that student council received from the administration was: “Mr. Henkel, our Finance and Operations Director, has reviewed the request about the urinals and has done some research in that regard over the summer. We have found that the vast majority of public restrooms do not provide such a divider. If a young man requires privacy, we believe the best option is to use one of the stalls with a door that locks.”

The question at hand is this: should a school that claims to be prestigious and not for the average student have bathrooms that are on par with the “vast majority of public restrooms?”