They were committing misdemeanors just to avoid having to take all their clothes off in front of everybody. By the s, the nation was changing and school policies adapted. They steered policies at YMCAs, Boys Clubs, and schools across the nation for decades, according to Brad Thompson, who has compiled a detailed archive on the history of nude swimming. Still, the policy was met with range of reactions because not everyone felt the same way about modesty and personal privacy. My own great uncle, Michael Magan, who graduated from Lane Tech insays swimming nude was not a problem for him. As far as the double standard for girls and boys, Thompson says things were just different back then.
He says that while most people who spoke to him had problems with swimming naked, many men said they were OK with it.
The swimming pool at Kennedy High School. This story has been updated accordingly. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, stories and insider events. They were committing misdemeanors just to avoid having to take all their clothes off in front of everybody. Plus, at the time, swimming pools had fairly primitive filters that could easily be clogged by fabric fibers from swimsuits, which were made of cotton and wool — yes wool. Kennedy High School graduate John Connors stands outside the pool building where he spent many hours swimming naked in the late s.