In 1988, Aberdeen High School updates its dress code


75 years ago, February 17, 1938

• The entire Hoh River valley from the mountains to the sea and the entire Kalalock beach from Queets to the Hoh will be in the new Olympic National Park. So will the Bogachiel and Quillayute valleys and the villages at the mouth of the Quillayute.

But 8,500,000,000 feet of pulp-species timber just northwest of Lake Quinault will be outside the park. The Quinault region itself will be in the park, all except the lake, which is part of the Indian reservation.

These facts were revealed today with receipt of a map of the park area from Congressman Martin F. Smith.

• If high school students had access to courses on control of social diseases, the nation’s fight to stamp out syphilis and kindred plagues would be easier and much more effective, Dr. Leonard Dewey, state board of health representative, told some 250 persons in the junior high school auditorium last night.

Dr. Dewey strongly urged that lectures and laboratory demonstrations on control of social diseases be included in high school curriculums.

50 years ago, February 17, 1963

Sunday, no newspaper published

25 years ago, February 17, 1988

• “Jeans and sweatshirts … tend to incline a girl toward an attitude which is not conducive to either academic study or lady-like conduct,” according to the Aberdeen High School District’s student dress code — until last night.

“For observations of student conduct at school, school officials urge parents to consider encouraging their girls to wear either dresses, skirts or pant suits,” the regulation written in 1971 reads.

The board laughed at the old policy on the books, while accepting a new one.

“We were looking at (the old policy) last fall and we realized we had some stuff in there that is really old,” said Superintendent Dick Voege.

A heated debate raged as to whether students could wear items that had names or images of alcohol brands — for instance Spuds McKenzie, Budweiser’s popular canine mascot. The outcome of the debate was that students can wear clothing with names or pictures of alcoholic beverages “as long as it’s not really awful.”

• “The bottom line” to a topless controversy is “Is it legal?” says the president of the Hoquiam City Council.

But Eugene Sparks, who last Thursday opened a “theater” featuring topless dancers, says the city doesn’t have a leg to stand on. “It’s innocent fun.”

The council has set a hearing for Monday night to consider revoking the theater license it granted to “The Gold Rush” on historic 8th Street just a week ago.

Compiled by Karen Barkstrom for The Daily World