8/29/2017 12:19:00 PM Fond memories of girls sports at SHS
Vicki Meredith, president of the Stewartville Area Historical Society, stands with the Stewartville High School girls sports uniforms on display at the Sears House. The uniforms, used for girls basketball, volleyball and track beginning in the early 1970s, were the first worn by female athletes at SHS after federal lawmakers approved Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.
The uniforms hanging in an upstairs room at the Sears House bring back fond memories for Vicki Meredith, the president of the Stewartville Area Historical Society. The uniforms, used for girls basketball, volleyball and track beginning in the early 1970s, were the first worn by female athletes at Stewartville High School after federal lawmakers approved Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Specifically, Title IX stated: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." After the passage of Title IX, girls in high schools across the country were eligible to compete in school sports, just as boys had been able to do for many years before. As a result, 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of girls sports in the United States. Stewartville's girls sports programs were "extramural" during the 1973-74 season, which means girls competed against other area schools, but weren't yet part of a formal interscholastic conference... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Aug. 29 Stewartville STAR.