January 19, 2011
Division Avenue High School's dress code did not permit female students to wear slacks even on cold days
By Sandy Adams '60
Something in one of the blog stories by Dewain Lanfear triggered a memory about snowy school days in young Levittown.
There was a dress code at Division Avenue High School, and slacks were not permitted to be worn by female students. Slacks were not in style yet during our early high school years. The slacks that we young ladies owned were mostly ‘dungarees’ – ‘jeans’ were not yet in our vocabulary.
I don’t believe that any of us were bused to DAHS after ninth grade, so many of us had quite a hike in bad weather. On snowy, very cold days, we would wear our slacks underneath our skirts or dresses. We were permitted to enter the building, but we had to use the ladies room immediately to remove the slacks and put them into our locker for the day.
I don’t remember if this dress code changed before our senior year. Perhaps someone else has another recollection of this practice.
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