Nardin Through the Decades – 1970’s!

S. Crawford '20

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Continuing with the “Nardin Through the Decades” series, Kaleidoscope will today look at Nardin life in the 1970’s.

Mrs. Kelly, who teaches Chemistry here at Nardin, graduated in 1971 and provided insight for today’s article.

One major difference between Nardin in the 70’s and today was the dress code. According to Mrs. Kelly, skirts with slips, hoes, and nice shoes were mandatory. “No one would consider coming with bare shoulders on a school day,” she said.

Pants were also not part of the dress code as they are today.

But the dress code was not the topic Nardin girls were thinking about most in the 70’s. Instead, many Nardin students focused their energy talking about the Civil Rights Movement that had begun just a few years earlier. Of course, the Women’s Liberation was also a huge topic of conversation at this all girls school.

Nardin students and staff alike shared conversations about these issues, and others, and expanded their knowledge of the world around them.

Mrs. Kelly called the time “electrifying.”

“We could see all these hopefully positive directions the world was going in,” she said.

As for the day to day life of Nardin girls, the class schedules were very similar. For one year, the school tried having homeroom after first period, but that didn’t work very well and was ended soon after it started.

Mrs. Kelly had similar experiences as Mrs. Abels, who was featured last week. Both women mentioned having the Daughters of the Heart of Mary teach classes. “They were so full of passion for their subject area and they cared about the girls,” Mrs. Kelly said.

One major schedule difference from the 70’s to today was the assemblies held every Wednesday at 2:00pm. At these assemblies many outside organizations came in to play music and talk to Nardin girls. This helped expand girls’ knowledge of the world and of different cultures.

As for clubs and sports, Nardin girls today are very lucky to have the assortment of activities that we do because in the 70’s clubs and sports were limited. Basketball was the only sport until 1970 when volleyball was added to the extracurricular list.

These teams were still very small, however. Only about 14 girls played for each team. But even with small teams the girls worked incredibly hard, which is one thing that has not changed since the 70’s. Mrs. Kelly recalls one coach pushing the girls extremely hard. “You can sit down when I sit down, and I never sit down,” she said.

Mrs. Kelly herself was in student council as well as charms club, which every sophomore was required to attend. At “Charms” girls learned how to walk, talk, and properly act in any situation. This club has been disbanded since Mrs. Kelly’s time at Nardin, and girls today do not have to take part in any Charms Club; nevertheless, Mrs. Kelly remembers it as being a very important part of her sophomore year.

Other than Charms Club, Ski Club was also very popular, as it is today. Mrs. Kelly said she and some friends would ski four to five times a week during the Winter. She remembers creating some great memories while on the slopes.

Of course, being able to ski four to five times a week is a lot. Mrs. Kelly is the first to admit that Nardin students had much more free time in the 70’s than they do today. She said that there was less academic stress for the students back then, and that girls were not so competitive with grades and academic performance.

All of this left more time to create amazingly fun memories. Mrs. Kelly remembers girls playing pick-up sports games during free times and just enjoying being together.

Because of all of that bonding time, Mrs. Kelly and other Nardin girls, created lasting friendships that have stood the test of time. In fact, Mrs. Kelly is still friends with many of the girls she met at Nardin.

She said that it was not the academics that made the high school experience in the 70’s great, instead it was the time shared with friends that made Nardin so special.

It is these same qualities that makes Nardin so special today.

As for Mrs. Kelly, she said her Nardin experience is the best gift her parents ever gave her.

It is hard to imagine how many other Nardin girls feel the exact same way.

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