We begin today's scans with a look at the dress code for Antioch High School, academic year 1968-9 (I was a junior, Robin a sophomore):This was actually how we were supposed to dress ... and if you didn't measure up, they'd send you home. Among the highlights:
No pants for girls
Boys' hair "cut or neatly trimmed at all times"
And then there are the philosophical underpinnings of the dress code:
"Is the attire in keeping with the moral standards of the school and community?" This being a problem because "the market for teen-age clothing is in a constant state of change. It moves from one fad to another without any 'rhyme or reason'."
I should note that we did not attend a private or religious school ... the above code was mandatory for a public high school, 35 miles from San Francisco, in 1968-9.
What was the result? Well, I don't know, but here's a photo sent to me by my sister Sue that shows what the community standards were back in the 1950s, when I assume this picture of me with my brother Geoff was taken: