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From: Margaret Ransom <>
Subject: Brooklyn Standard Union,June 20,1929-School News
Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 21:24:55 -0400


Brooklyn Standard Union
June 20, 1929

School News

GIRLS MUST SWIM OR STAY HOME AT COMMERCIAL’S GRADUATION

Pupils Have Until Next Tuesday to Obey Edict

Mrs. Evelyn W. ALLAN, principal of the Girls Commercial High School, is
enforcing the rule that all girls graduated from the school must be able to
swim the length of the 75-foot pool in the gymnasium. The penalty is loss of
the privilege of participating in the commencement exercises, which take place
next Wednesday. Instead they will get their diplomas by mail.
“The only way to make the girls learn how to swim,” said Mrs. ALLAN today,
“is to pursue more or less drastic means. Barring a girl from her commencement
will act as a tonic on her to learn how to swim.”
Mrs. ALLAN said that the pool will be open all day every day until next
Tuesday, the last opportunity to satisfy the requirement, and those girls who
have not yet traveled the 75-foot tank under their own power still have ample
time in which to master enough of the art of swimming to cover this distance.
Mrs. ALLAN declared that the Girls Commercial High School has occupied its
new building for five years now. All this time the girls have been aware of
the swimming requirement and they have had four years in which to learn, the
pool being available to them during their entire stay at the high school. A
month ago, more than fifty seniors had still failed to swim the length of the
pool. Yesterday this number had dwindled to twenty-nine. Mrs. ALLAN said that
she expected the number to melt away considerably during the next few days.
Mrs. ALLAN said 249 seniors are to be graduated from the school next
Wednesday and of this number, she expects to have only a handful barred from
the commencement exercises because of failure to swim the length of the tank.
“Barring this handful.” She said, “will not only stimulate those barred to
learn how to swim, but will act as a lesson for the seniors to come, who have
thus far been backward in availing themselves of the opportunity offered by
the new, beautiful pool we have here.”

Transcribed for the Brooklyn Info pages, http://www.bklyn-genealogy-info.com/
by Margaret Ransom



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