A skateboard is an easy way to get around a large high school or college campus. Skateboards are also small enough that they can be carried when necessary, making them ideal for students.
Students can also potentially tuck their boards away in a locker during the school day.
However, whether or not a skateboard will fit in a locker depends on how large the locker is and what type of skateboard you have.
Will a skateboard fit in a school locker?
Yes, a skateboard will fit into a school locker as the average skateboard measures between 28 and 33 inches long, and an average school locker measures up to 6 feet tall. But this is not always the case and there are other considerations.
As mentioned, an average skateboard measures between 28 and 33 inches long. Smaller skateboards are intended for younger skaters, so most high school or college skateboarders will likely choose a board that’s closer to 32 or 33 inches.
Standard skateboards, also known as popsicle stick boards, generally have a width of 7 to 8.5 inches, and most skateboarders looking to perform tricks or use the board for traveling opt for boards that are between 7.5 and 8.5 inches wide.
A tall locker can be 5 or 6 feet tall, while short lockers can range from 2 to 3 feet tall. Most lockers are about 12 inches wide and have a depth of between 12 and 18 inches.
If your school locker is only 2 feet, or 24 inches, tall, you may not be able to fit a skateboard in it, as even the shortest regular skateboard will be too long.
However, if your locker is between 3 and 6 feet long, it should have no problem holding a skateboard.
If your locker is short, though, even if it fits a skateboard, you might have trouble fitting any other items, such as books or a jacket, in it while the skateboard is there.
When considering whether a skateboard will fit in a locker, remember that lockers are measured using their interior dimensions.
The locker may have a lip around it that makes the opening slightly smaller. You’ll also need to take into account the size of the skateboard’s wheels.
Many lockers also have shelves at the middle or top. If the shelf can’t be moved, your skateboard may not fit, even if the locker is tall enough.
What if the skateboard doesn’t fit?
If your school only offers small lockers, a penny board might be a better option. Penny boards are not a good choice for performing tricks, but they’re ideal for commuting, especially across smaller areas such as a school campus.
Penny boards are usually about 22 inches long and just less than 6 inches wide. They’re also made of lightweight plastic.
Penny boards also lack grip tape, so they won’t scrape your hands, the locker, or any other objects you come in contact with.
Other types of mini skateboards, often called locker boards, are also available. These boards are only 8 inches wide and 17 inches long, and they’re designed to fit in a locker or even a backpack.
Locker boards are ideal for quick commuting, but because they’re so small, they can be a bit harder to balance on. These boards are also not a good option for performing tricks.
If you don’t have a locker or you don’t want to use a smaller board, you can carry your skateboard with you. To keep the board contained and safe, you can carry it in a duffel bag or a small musical instrument case.
Do schools have rules about skateboarding?
Many schools do not allow skateboards. Students performing tricks can be distracting to other students, and tricks can also lead to injuries that the school would be responsible for.
Before you decide to bring your skateboard to school, remember to check the school rules and ensure that skateboarding is allowed.
In some schools, even if there is a no skateboarding policy, skateboarding is allowed as long as the rider doesn’t perform tricks and only uses the board to get around.
When skateboarding on a busy school campus, remember to be courteous to other people on pathways. Don’t ride too fast, and make sure you can stop easily if someone steps out in front of you.
Always share public pathways with pedestrians. It’s important that you don’t expect pedestrians to move out of your way but instead choose a safe path that accommodates everyone.