Eisenhower Junior High School is the first school in the United States to be accepted into the Polite Society of England.
The society, established in 1986, is a registered charity in the United Kingdom and currently has hundreds of members throughout the British Isles and the world. Member groups agree to live by the Code of Courteous Conduct.The first Friday of October is recognized as the International Day of Courtesy.
Many of Eisenhower's students agree with the society motto that "courtesy costs nothing but profits everyone." Clayton Brough, student government adviser, and Chris Moore, the school's teen living teacher, are promoting the philosophy, encouraging students to live by the code.
Besides promoting general courtesy under all circumstances, the code requires "maximum self-control in all situations likely to test the patience and temper" of its adherents. They are urged to refrain from attention to "unpleasant and vulgar" subjects that do nothing to advance understanding of the human condition.