Updated Sept. 7, 2017

Nude Swimming in High School


    The first high schools with swimming pools seem to have been built in the 1920s.  Smaller schools never had pools or swimming instruction.  In 1926, the American Public Health Association issued the first guidelines for pool maintenance.  Because cloth fibers and lint clogged the early filters, they recommended that all males swim nude; the insignificant number of female swimmers could wear simple bathing costumes.

    In 1962, they dropped that recommendation because improvements in both filters and swimsuit fabrics no longer required nudity.  Yet most schools saw other values in the practice, and kept the male nude swimming requirement until the late 1970s.

    Below is a list of schools whose nudity requirement can be documented.  Surely there are more.  Surely the dates should cover more than the four years when the testifier attended.  Why are southern states missing?  Can you add to or refine this list?  If so, please contact the author paullevalley@peoplepc.com.  When the list is more complete, this will be written up as an article in the magazine, Nude & Natural.

Alabama
Mobile
    Murphy HS  1960-63

Arkansas
Little Rock
    Catholic Boys HS  no date

California
Berkeley
    YMCA  1950s
Los Angeles
    Los Angeles HS  1940s-ended early 1970s
    Thomas Starr King Junior High  1940s
San Diego
    St. Augustine HS  1962-66
San Francisco
    Chinatown YMCA  mid-1950s
Santa Ana
    Santa Ana HS  1950s-'60s

Connecticut
New Haven
    Yale  1954-58
Windham
    Windham HS  late 1950s
    YMCA  late 1960s

Florida
Sarasota
    Sarasota HS--up to teacher: boys clothed, girls nude  1970-74
St. Petersburg
    YMCA

Hawaii
Honolulu
    Junior high  1960s

Illinois
Amherst
    Amherst HS  1971-77
Chicago
    Albert G. Lane Technical HS  1940s-ended 1978
    Amundsen HS  1960-64
    Austin HS  1928-1968
    Bloom HS  early 1960s
    Foreman HS  1960s
    Harlan HS  1966
    Harrison HS  1946-50
    Kennedy HS  1962 (when built)-ended 1979
    Lake View HS 1959
    Mather HS  1964-68
    Morgan Park HS  1964-68
    Roosevelt HS  early 1960s
    Senn HS  1964-late 1960s
    St. Patrick HS  1967 (when built)-ended 1980
    Steinmetz HS  1960s
    University of Chicago Laboratory HS  1959-63
    William Howard Taft HS  1970s
    YMCA  1950s-late 1960s
Chicago Heights
    Bloom HS  1960s
Cicero
    Morton East HS  no date
Des Planes
    Old Maine HS  1915 (when built) - ended 1930 (when building abandoned)
    Thacker Junior High (same buiding)  1930-67 (when torn down)
Evanston
    Evanston Township HS  1975
    McGaw YMCA  1943-46
Freeport
    Junior high  late 1960s
Glenview
    Glenbrook North HS  1961-65
    Glenbrook South HS  1962 (when built)-ended 1977
Harvey
    Thornton Township HS  mid 1970s
Hillside
    Proviso West HS  1970s
Lansing
    Thornton Fractional South HS  1971-74
Lincolnshire
    Daniel Wright Junior High  no date
Northlake
    West Leyden HS  1980
Oak Park
    Bishop Fenwick HS  1970s
    Oak Park HS  no date
    River Forest HS  no date
Riverside
    Riverside-Brookfield HS  1969-72
Rockford
    Jefferson Junior High School  1962-75
    Lincoln Junior High School  1962-75
    Rockford East High School  1962-75
    Rockford West High School  1962-75
    Auburn High School  1962-75
Streator
    Streator HS  1964-68
Urbana
    University of Illinois  1960
Waukegan
    West HS  no date
Winnetka
    New Trier Township HS  1913 (when first pool built)-early '80s
        (Later called New Trier East HS)

Indiana
Greencastle
    DePaw University  no date
Indianappolis
    Cathedral HS  1960s
Munster
    Munster HS 1970s

Iowa
Des Moines
    Lincoln HS  1960s-early 70s
Waterloo
    YMCA (optional)  1900-60

Kansas
Kansas City
    Wyandotte HS  1960s
Wichita
    Wichita North HS  1964-'70s

Kentucky
Berea
    Berea College 1928-

Louisiana
New Orleans
    Athletic Club 1950s

Maryland
Baltimore
    Baltimore City College HS  no date
    Eastern HS (all girls)  no date
    high school  late 1960s
    YMCA late 1950s-early '60s

Massachusetts
Amherst
    University of Massachusetts  1950s-1964
Boston
    Boston Boys HS  no date
    Huntington Avenue YMCA (optional)  1970-71
Cambridge
    YMCA  no date
Westfield
    Westfield Intermediate School  1957-58
Worcester
    Worcester Boys Trade HS (at Lincoln Square Boys Club)  1930 (when built)-c.1975


Michigan
Adrian
    Adrian Junior High  1963-66
    Adrian HS (optional) 1965-69
    Adrian Colege (optional)  1963-73
Albion
    Albion College  1969
Birmingham
    Brother Rice HS  1964-68
    Cranbrook Institute  1964-68
Dearborn
    Oxford Elementary School  c.1920-c.1979
    Stout Junior High  early 1970s
    Dearborn High School  c.1920-c.1980
    Fordson HS  1941-45
    Catholic schools  no date
Detroit
    Cass Tech HS  1950s-70
    Cody HS  1970s
    Cooley HS  1930s-1968
    Denby HS  1964-68
    Durfrey Junior High  early 60s
    Jackson Junior High  late 1950s
    Mackenzie HS  1951-69
    Northwestern HS  1930s
    Southeastern HS  mid 1960s
    Southwestern HS  1963
Ferndale
    Lincoln HS  1954-60
Grosse Pointe
    Brownell Middle School  1950s-1964
    Grosse Pointe (South) HS  1950s-68
Grosse Pointe Woods
    University Liggett School 1960s
Hazel Park
    Hazel Park Junior High  1961
    Hazel Park HS  No date
Highland Park
    Ferris Middle School  1960
    Liberty School (age 9-13) long before 1947-60s
Kalamazoo
    Western Michigan University  1971-75
Lansing
    Dwight Rich Junior High  1970-73
    Michigan State University  1938
Mt. Clemons
    Mt. Clemons HS  mid-1960s
New Buffalo
    Thornton Township HS  1948-52
Oscoda
    Oscoda HS  1977
Owosso
    Owosso HS  1949-62
    Owosso Junior High (same building)  1962-75
Redford
    Redford HS  1950s-76
Royal Oak
    Dondero HS  1967
Saginaw
    Saginaw HS  ended 1967
Sault Ste. Marie
    Sault HS  no date
St. Joseph
    St. Joseph HS  1964-1968
Traverse City
    Traverse City HS  1966-70
Trenton
    Trenton HS  1966-72
Wakefield
    Wakefield Public Schools  1926-

Minnesota
Duluth  district requirement ended 1973.
    Central District HS  1930s-71
    Denfeld  1960s
    Duluth East HS  no date
    Proctor High School  ended 1978
    Lincoln Junior High  mid-1970s
    Ordean Junior High  1967-71
    Washington Junior High  late 1960s
    West Junior High  ended 1972
    Woodland Junior High  1960s-mid'70s
Edina
    Valley View Junior High  1956 (when built)-
Hibbing
    Hibbing HS  1924 (when built)-
International Falls
    Falls HS  1970s
Mankato
    Mankato HS  early 1950s-c.1971
    Mancato YMCA  1950
Minneapolis
    Minneapolis North HS  1950s-60s
    Washburn HS  no date
    Plymouth Middle School  no date
    University of Minnesota 1950s
Minnetonka
    Minnetonka HS  1970s
Mt. Iron
    Mt. Iron HS  no date
New Hope
    Hosterman Middle School  1970-early '80s
Plymouth
    Plymouth Junior High  no date
Proctor
    Proctor HS  early 1970s
Robbinsdale
    Armstrong HS  no date
    Robbinsdale HS  1969-73
    Robbinsdale Junior High  ended 1977
    Sandburg Junior High  no date
Rochester
    Central Junior High  1970s
St. Louis Park
    high school  no date
St. Paul
    Highland Park Junior High  1969-71
    Central High School  no date
    North St. Paul HS  no date
Virginia
    Virginia HS  1968-71

Missouri
Kansas City
    YMCA  1954
Springfield
    Boys' Club  1960s

Montana
Billings
    YMCA  1960

Nebraska
Lincoln
    Northeast HS  1948
    YMCA  1948-58

Nevada
Reno
    YMCA  1958

New Jersey
Bergen County
    high school  1971-75
Milburn
    Columbia High School  1950s-1972
South Orange
    Central High School  1950s-1972
Trenton
    Trenton Junior High #3  no date
    Trenton HS  1964-68
Westfield
    YMCA  1960

New York
Astoria
    St. John's Prep School  1960s
Barker
    elementary school  no date
Batavia
    YMCA  early 1960s
Brooklyn
    James Madison HS  1951-55
    Brooklyn YMCA  started 1885--1st indoor pool in America
Buffalo--1 report that girls were nude on alternate days in 1967.  Where?
    Bennett HS  1957-mid-1960s
    Windermere Elementary School  early 1970s
    Middle School  late 1960s
Clarence
    Clarence Junior High  early 1980s
Gowanda
    Gowanda Central Elementary School  late 1970s
Ithaca
    Cornell University  1969-86
New York City
    40 schools (probably grades 5-8) competed nude 1909
    Andrew Jackson HS  no date
    Bayside HS  1953-57
    City College (at McBurney YMCA)  1968
Niagara Falls
    elementary school  early 1970s
Ridgewood
    Grover Cleveland HS  1960
Rochester
    Charlotte HS  1966-70
    Eastride HS  1971-75
    Edison Tech HS  1972-76
    University of Rochester  1951-53
Rome
    Rome Free Academy (public HS)  no date
Syracuse
    Syracuse University  1965-69
Tonawanda
    Tonawanda HS  mid-to-late 1970s
West Seneca
    Junior high  ended 1980
Williamsville
    Williamsville North Elementary School  late 1970s-early 80s

North Dakota
Fargo
    Central HS  1950s-60s
Minot
    Minot State University  1960s

Ohio
Belvue
    Bellevue Junior High  mid-1970s
Cincinnati
    Western Hills HS  1960s-ended 1974
    Woodward HS  no date
Cleveland
    Cleveland Heights HS  ended1963
    John Adams HS  1959-63
    John Marshall HS  1959-63
    University School  1930s-1950s
Toledo
    YMCA  late 1940s-early '50s

Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
    Classen Jr/Sr High School  1920s-71  Optional for boys and girls
    YMCA  1960s

Oregon
Corvalis
    Oregon State University  1964-68
Eugene
    University of Oregon  1955

Pennsylvania
Allentown
    Allentown/William Allen HS  1940 (when pool built) -1970
Erie
    Cathedral Prep HS  mid-1970s
Philadelphia
    Girard College  no date
    University of Pennsylvania  no date
Pittsburgh
    Peabody HS  1959-63
    South Hills HS  late-1960s
    several junior highs  1960s
University Park
    Penn State University  early 1960s
York
    YMCA

Rhode Island
Pawtucket
    Boys' Club  1918
    YWCA--"bathing suits permitted"  1918

Texas
Houston
    Jane Long Junior High  1963
    Charles Hartman Junior High  1971
    F. M. Black Junior High  1960-63
    Burbank Junior High  mid-1950s
    Cullen Junior High  no date
    Edison Junior High  no date
    San Jacinto HS  1932-
    Waltrip HS  late 1960s
Meyerland
    Albert Sydney Johnston Junior High  1930-66

Utah
Granite
    Granite High School  1944-48
Salt Lake City
    Desert Gym  no date

Virginia
Norfolk
    Norfolk Junior High (bussed to the Navy YMCA)  early 1950s

Wisconsin
Eau Claire
    Delong Middle School  1983-84
Green Bay
    YMCA  1940s-50s
Janesville
    Marshall Junior High  1923-74
    Craig HS  1974-81
Madison
    East High School  1970s
    YMCA  1941
Menasha
    Menasha HS  1960
Milwaukee
    public HS  1974-78
Pulaski
    Pulaski HS  early 1960s-
Sheboygan
    Central High School  1940
    Recreation Department  1940s-60s
Waukesha
    7 elementary schools (at Edison Building Pool)  1945-60
    Waukesha HS South Campus  1961-62
    YMCA  1968-69


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