Wednesday, January 24, 2007

How girls at Madison Central High School could earn in athletic letter in 1928

During its 70-year history (1900-1969), the Tychoberahn tended to give more space to boys' athletics than girls' athletics, but that doesn't mean girls spent all their time on the sidelines cheering for the boys.

Girls could also win an "M" for athletics. In 1928, for instance, they could accumulate points toward a letter by participating in volleyball, basketball, tennis, baseball, or swimming. They could also earn points for participation in various dance programs, including interpretive dancing and clogging.

Below is a scan of a page from the 1928 Tychoberahn showing the letter wearers for that year. Unfortunately, the photo caption lists only surnames. If you can provide a first name for any of the girls in the photo, please send me an e-mail or leave a comment.

The girls are: Top Row: Christenson, Cohen, Rentz, Homberger, Danials, Murphy, Dean; Bottom Row: Butler, Statz, Nathenson, Hoffman, Wildeman, Reilly, Peterson, Hagen.

The wonderful photos on the page below (also from the 1928 Tychoberahn) don't have captions, but the descriptions of the clogging and interpretative dancing classes (and the costumes worn for each) are very informative. My guess would be that the top photo was taken in the girls' gym although I don't remember the windows shown on the left side of the photo). The interpretive dancing class photo was probably taken in the auditorium (note the curtain in the background).

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