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Teacher's retirement ends picture-day streak

Saturday - 7/6/2013, 1:20pm  ET

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In this combination image made from photos courtesy of Dale Irby, Dale Irby is shown in a series of yearbook photos over the course of 40 years: from left to right, 1973, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2004 and 2012. Irby retired in 2013 as an elementary school physical education teacher in the Richardson school district, north of Dallas. The 63-year-old Garland resident says when he received his photo in his second year at the school he was embarrassed to discover he'd worn the same outfit as the first year. His wife dared him to wear it again the third year, then Irby thought five would be funny. He says, "After five pictures it was like, 'Why stop?'" (AP Photo/Courtesy of Dale Irby via the Dallas Morning News)

DALLAS (AP) -- A Texas teacher's streak of wearing the same outfit for his school photograph is coming to an end after 40 years with his retirement.

It started as an accident. Dale Irby told the Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/15TcZU2 ) that when he received his photo in his second year he was embarrassed to discover he'd worn the same polyester shirt and brown sweater vest as the first year.

His wife dared him to wear it again the third year. Then Irby thought five would be funny. He says, "After five pictures it was like, 'Why stop?'"

Morning News columnist Steve Blow's account Sunday of Irby's photo streak garnered attention online.

The 63-year-old Garland resident retired this year as an elementary school physical education teacher in the Richardson district, north of Dallas.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com


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