Title IX opens sports

By Rutul Patel | Published: February 2011
By Rutul Patel, Volume 50 February 15, 2011 Walking towards the Field House today, one sees banners and trophies proudly decorating the walls. Some of the awards, won by the boys’ teams, have been around since the school first started; however, many other awards, those won by the girls’ teams, are relatively new. Out of the 19 sports presently offered to girls at South, only three were originally played and accepted as varsity sports. “It started out with basketball, tennis, and field hockey. These were the only sports available to girls in the 1960s,” former girls’ coach Judy Kennedy said. Kennedy led various girls’ teams for almost 40 years at South before she retired in 2005. Beyond the three sports mentioned above, many other athletic opportunities were not presented to girls. Sports like girls’ gymnastics and volleyball that weren’t considered varsity sports, but more like clubs or after school activities. It wasn’t until June 23, 1972 that gender equality was brought to the public school system. On that day, the United States Congress passed Title IX. This amendment to the US education policy stated that: “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 or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” After this amendment, drastic changes occurred in the school’s athletic programs. The walls that divided genders had been virtually torn down. If a girl had wanted to play on a boys’ team and there was no athletic equivalent for her, she could try out. The opportunities were available, but according to Kennedy, no one capitalized on the new legislation. “After Title IX the whole landscape changed. Girls had more opportunities than ever before, but people were still skeptical. It wasn’t until the Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Rigs tennis match that people believed in gender equality on the sports field,” Kennedy said. The Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Rigs match was a world-famous

Half-century of athletic history revived through Hall of Fame

By Jason Yoffe | Published: February 2011
By Jason Yoffe, Volume 49 December 23, 2009 “Stick to the ground! Passing has ruined the game,” former South Football and Wrestling Coach Art Kojoyian, a devoted supporter of running the football, shouted to the crowd. An uproarious laughter followed his bold statement. Kongie, as he was called by his former wrestlers and football players, had once again evoked the same pleasure he had during his 18-year tenure at the school. His acceptance ...

Wellness develops life skills

By Maarten Van-Genabeek | Published: February 2011
By Maarten Van Genabeek, Volume 50 February 15, 2011 As South has gone on and evolved over the past 50 years, the Wellness program has been an important part of the South community and curriculum. In the early history of the school, however, the program only focused on one aspect of wellness: physical fitness. This was used to help train students for the military to help the war effort.This course continued for ...

Former South star praises school’s athletics

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
This is a reflection by Dan Mirsky, Managing Editor of Volume 31, about his experience with South sports.

Sports Hall of Fame

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Football attempts the impossible

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Steven Gun, Volume 24 September 19, 1984 How does a team improve on a “best ever” season? Fulfilling the goal will be quite the task; the less room for improvement, the more difficult to improve. The ‘83 Lions checked in with a noteworthy record of 8-1-1 including a Thanksgiving Day victory over Lincoln-Sudbury. During the season, South routinely dominated its foes outscoring them 205-117. Most significantly, the squad captured its first Dual ...

Danny Mendelson: 1951-1958

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
South’s Danny Mendelson award honors a senior athlete whose athletic abilities and devotion to the school are unparalleled. While the award carries the legacy of some of the best student-athletes in the past 50 years, the story of the life of Mendelson himself is moving and tragic. In 1968, the junior passed away on the last day of school. He had just been elected captain of the Varsity Football team; he had a letter for the Varity Wrestling team and was an All-Star centerfielder for the Varsity Baseball team. His involvement in much of South’s extracurricular offerings and leadership abilities suggested that had an undoubtedly bright future. The article below was published following Mendelson’s death and offers invaluable insight into the short but influential life of a South legend.

Engarde! Swords clash at South

By Denebola | Published: February 2011
By Denebola Staff, Volume 2 October 23, 1962 A new sport for NSHS has recently gotten under way. Fencing is now offered to both boys and girls, under the instruction of Miss Barbara Hall. In “foil” the legs are held together with feet at right angles in the “attention” position. Next comes “engrade” when the feet maintain their 90 stance, the legs spread apart while a sideway, bending stauch is held as the ...

Newton South’s fields of dreams not always dreamy

By Zach Pawa | Published: February 2011
By Zach Pawa, Volume 50 February 15, 2011 Throughout the years, South students have seen the facilities change. From the dangerous football fields of the 60s, to the state-of–the-art complexes built in 2009, there has been the addition of the new fields, the Field House, and the tennis courts. South was built in 1960 with the athletic fields already there. Then, the old layout of the athletic complex was one giant complex ...

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