It was considered a privilege and honor. They were chosen from the junior class at RFH to serve as the debutante-like ushers for the graduating class. All dressed in white and supposedly gracefully toting a chain of daisies, the Daisy Chain girls were a fixture of high school finery at graduations in the 1970s.
The origins of the somewhat upper-crust tradition date back to the 1900s, but this Retro Pic of the Day was snapped in 1978.
With the thaw of the cranky and closed-in mindset imposed by a heavy dose of spring fever, people tend to get in the mood for a little carefree joy ride to let their hair down, or at least mess it up a bit.
So, the Retro Pics of the (George) Day are dedicated to the good old days of hitting that spring fever pitch with a good ol’ ride in a classic kind of ride, be it a dirt bike, a classic car or a go cart.
In the featured pic, these guys of the 1970s are hanging outside by what was the Junior Lounge at the high school and they’re looking a little restless.
While we’re not certain, it certainly seems like they are a little antsy and looking to break out of the confines of the school, shed their coats and any inhibitions they actually have left and do the “happy days are here again” dance … or ride … ride into some spring fever-like antics.
The other dude and team of monsters are cruising for something. What? No one is exactly sure.
George Day, the RFH yearbook photographer of the time is taking a spin in a go cart.
And whoever those ghouls are … Well, they’re not getting far on that dirt bike in the sunken floor of the RFH Senior Commons.
Know who the monsters are? How about that car in the featured pic? Whose is it? And what are these guys really up to? Anyone know what the most popular car or bike was in the 1970s?
Baby, they were born to ride at RFH — or something like that.
— Elaine Van Develde
Oh, and thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for this photographic gem!
OK, so the spring weather outside has not been so consistently delightful lately.
So, take a look back to the 1970s when spring fever kicked in enough to get a couple of RFH guys in the mood to put those gloves on and take a little kangaroo hop outside the Junior Lounge, probably on a “free.” They were barely clad in those stylish 70s gym shorts and ready to duke it out — or at least dance around the notion.
Some moments are meant for just lounging … like this persistent foul weather. Yes, lounging, even if those snippets of indoor time at RFH are inside a far less cozy, yet exclusive, special high school nook like the junior, as opposed to upper crust senior, lounge.
Spring has finally sprung. In fact it’s bloomin’ bouncing into seasonal warmth lately.
Yes, it’s that time of the year when birds are chirping, bees are buzzing, buds are busting into full bloom, and full-on spring fever is piping hot, especially for the RFHers yearning to bust out of the classroom to commune with one another and nature — or something like that.
So, here we have it — the picture of spring RFH style in the 1970s. This Retro Pic of the (George) Day today offers a glimpse back to those spring days of “free” periods, or, as we RFHers called them, frees, in the ’70s at RFH and chilling out on a grassy knoll — or something like that.
During “frees,” as we called them, students with a C average and above were allowed outside to roam, socialize or study during what would otherwise have been a study hall period.
We know the Campus Luncheonette was a popular spot. And then there was Piping Rock Park. Butler’s? Hmmm. Where did you hang out on your frees?
Recognize these spring fever loungers? They may have wandered off the RFH campus. To where?
Many thanks, once again, to George Day for this photo!
It’s spring and baseball season is in full swing at RFH.
In fact, games are scheduled for today and Saturday.
So, in honor of the sport, that spiffy old RFH uniform and good times on the playing field, the Retro Pic(s) of the (George) Day offer a glimpse back to some days on the field and in the dugout back in the 1970s.
Recognize any of these guys? And, ball players, who was your favorite coach? One, for many, was the ever-popular Hal Lorme who passed away a couple of years ago.
Just thinking about the game, are ya? Take a look back and remember. Now, about those uniforms …
Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for these glimpses back into RFH history!
They cheered on the crowd and the players in that infamous 1970s student-faculty basketball game.
And they were such a hit, we’ve conjured them up from the past to cheer on some good weather. We’re hoping they can summon a slam dunk in brighter, warmer days ahead with those good looks, great outfits and tons of RFH spirit (of the past).
So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day, honors the “girls” from yet another vantage point on the court.
“Hey, purple! Hey, white! Give us some sun!”
Nothin like a gaggle of good cheerleaders from the past to get those sunny day vibrations going — or at least crack a smile on a dank day.
Recognize these gals? How about some of the teachers in the background? I spy Dewey Robinson.
Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day, for this priceless pic of the RFH past!