29 October 2008

High School Sports

I have been trying to squeeze in as much time as I can find at our local historical society that has information on my school. I have a paper due at the end of November and I am focusing on the extracurricular activities that were available to the students from its inception in 1909 through WWII (a parameter set by my cooperating professor). I have found a number of interesting things about this school:

  • The girls canceled their prom in 1943 and used the money to buy war bonds.

  • The school had intramural basketball teams as early as 1927.

  • By 1930 there were three intramural sports.

  • By 1934 there was an athletic club that sponsored volleyball, basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, and ping pong.

What is great about this, is that it was all prior to Title IX. Most people think that the only "sports" girls had open to them were cheerleading and majorette/drill team. There seems to be a decline in female sports at co-ed schools that is fueling my research.

On a lighter note, I found this comic amusing, and sadly so very true, based on the university that I am attached to. However I am grateful that we do not have a football team.


  1. hahahahaha. The graphic is FUNNY.

    And that is very cool information about the school...but if you dare become like James and spewing knowledge as the drunkenness kicks in...well, it's gonna be a looooooong cruise. LOL

  2. If I talk about my research while unprovoked on the trip, you have permission to toss me overboard!