U.S. School: St. Catherine's Catholic School (Illinois)


Figure 1.--Here we have a photograph of classroom (No. 8) at St Catherine's Catholic School in Chicago during 1956. I'm not sure if this meant 8th grade. Unlike public schools, many Catholic elementary schools went through 8th grade. The children look like they may be a bit younger, poerhaps 7th graders. Both boys and girls wear smart uniforms. Now almost all Catholic schools, and some public schools, have uniforms like this. It was an innovation after Workd War II. Many Catholic schools adopted these uniforms in the 60s. The boys wear white shirts and ties with dark long pants, probably navy blue. The girls wear white blouses and dark colored sleeveless gym slips probably called jumpers. I suspect that the girls wear tights or white socks as part of the uniform. Often there were strict rules on this. They may be a little spruced up, but we suspect vthat both the parents and school made sure they dressed neatly for school.

Here we have a photograph of classroom (No. 8) at St Catherine's Catholic School in Chicago during 1956. We are not sure if this meant 8th grade. Unlike public schools, many Catholic elementary schools went through 8th grade. The children look like they may be a bit younger, poerhaps 7th graders. Both boys and girls wear smart uniforms. Now almost all Catholic schools, and some public schools, have uniforms like this. It was an innovation after Workd War II. Many Catholic schools adopted these uniforms in the 60s. The boys wear white shirts and ties with mostly dark long pants, probably navy blue. The girls wear white blouses and dark colored sleeveless gym slips in Americs usually called jumpers. The school apparently did not require a specific style of blouse. I suspect that the girls wear tights or white socks as part of the uniform. Often there were strict rules on this. They may be a little spruced up, but we suspect that both the parents and school made sure they dressed neatly for school.








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