Well, I had mine long enough: The uniform we bought in middle school was supposed to last us through high school. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the mandatory group showers in gym class. It was horrible! I've always wanted to read some of those early Stephen King books, like Carrie.
PE at WCI is a zoo. Bright red with narrow white stripes. In what context I can't remember, but what a coincidence that you would mention it also. Gym class was hell. The mere idea of 1970s gym class uniforms or high school PE class My son seems to be taking it in stride. August 20, Middle school blues and scary flashbacks to P. My son is starting middle school next week as sixth-grader. Carrie is a great movie, one I didn't appreciate until I watched it again.
Your hand drawn image was the only pic I could find. I still remember very clearly the first day that I had to shower buck naked with 29 other girls at the end of my first gym class in the seventh grade. But that weird, thin clinging fabric didn't hide any new chest, hip, or tummy bulges you were embarassed about. It's all documented in his book 'On Writing' - check it out.
I read The Shining for a college seminar on depictions of evil in Western thought and literature. Maybe that's because he's a boy, and maybe that's because he's been given a reasonable uniform to change into--a normal T-shirt and running shorts. There were girls with trim, straight bodies and long tan legs. And 21st Century Mom, thanks for the Stephen King recommendation.
Hated gym class, hated volleyball, hated those one-piece uniforms.
Thanks everyone for sharing your own "happy" memories of PE class and gym uniforms. s Home. God I hated gym. These were our high school gym suits. At least the shorts they have now are a lot nicer than the awful cotton short shorts that I had to wear in middle school.
They were made of this weird synthetic fabric that absolutely did not breath when you sweated. Those double layered shirts get HOT in the early fall and late spring. Actually, a few girls looked good in them, and the names of those girls come to mind. My husband brought up his On Writing book over the weekend. I think the worst was dodge ball. No one was ever going to look forward to P. I haven't thought about gym class in many, many years.
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Kind of wish I had saved it to show people. The PE shirts at the middle school are just like the ones they had at my middle school in SoCal in the late 80s.
Thank you for this post! They had vertical stripes that were meant to be slimming, I guess. Ours in NJ were just like yours just Green with White stripes.
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They had snaps on the shoulders and snaps in the crotch! I told them kick me out, I'm not wearing it and your lucky I'm showing up. Hmm, if I had been a boy back then, I would have been having certain kinds of dreams about certain girls wearing those these uniforms. I was always the first hit and it was with a wickedly fast ball that usually left me crying.
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Itching and riding up at the most uncomfortable places. Yes, they were the "usual suspects"--the cheerleaders, or girls who were on the gymnastics or volleyball teams. From my understanding they don't make kids shower anymore if they don't want to. By the time I was their age, we were allowed shorts and t-shirts instead.
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Great minds think alike? When we got to high school I refused to wear one.
Most of us looked goofy in the uniforms, except for -- as you say -- the cheerleader types, who could look good in anything. They were "jumpers," or some such thing. I hope they have stopped mixing the 6th graders with the 7th and 8th graders because that was just so wrong.
Man, this post brings back memories. Meanwhile, not too many of us looked good in them. Strangely, the high schools next to mine same county wore tshirts and shorts for gym. And how they would smell at the end of the week, when I would bring it home for my mother to wash! Ours in Illinois were a little better than the ones that the guy in your post was wearing as a joke, however, due to the fabric in ours not being so clingy think more like the stiff cotton fabric in a Scout uniform or somethingand they were short-sleeved, but yes, they were all one piece, with a sort of elastic waist and snaps down the front.
I was the smallest boy in our high school, for all 4 years. Thought I would google it to find an image. I can feel that fabric on me now. One of the joys of adulthood: no more school gym class!!!
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I had the same uniform in the mid 70s. Post a Comment.
For good reason too. I think it had to do with our sadistic gym teachers.
It's clear that those uniforms were somehow at the center of boys' fascination, considering that a male band member donned one as some kind of homecoming week joke, as you can see in this photo. I remember the older girls on my block had to wear these. This photo way, is from my high school class yearbook.
I remember them vividly. Especially to the uniforms that we girls in Walnut Creek middle and high schools had to wear back in the s I still remember those uniforms clearly enough--and with horror--that I was able to sketch one out see above sketch. We wore cotton, blue, 1 piece "jumpers" for gym in high school.
I found it a few years ago and tossed it. I do still love the feathered hair, tube socks and Earth Shoes, which I recently bought a new pair online. Part of that is, yes, taking a real PE class, in which you change into uniforms for class.
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Thanks for posting! Amy H. WOW, Thanks so much for drawing that picture and giving that vivid description. Did you know that Stephen King was inspired to write Carrie when he was working as a janitor and had to deal with used tampons in the girls room?
I felt so LUCKY to not have to deal with these jumpers ours were blue and white stripes--same synthetic fabric. I was telling my husband about my gym suit.