Baring It All: Why Boys Swam Naked In Chicago Schools | WBEZ Chicago
The origins of nude swimming can be found well before the guideline was published. When the first indoor pool opened at the Brooklyn YMCA in , the organization required men and boys to swim naked. Other reasons given by administrators during the era included concerns about the expense of bathing suits, newspaper articles of the time indicate. Others in favor of naked swimming said the practice prepared boys for adulthood. Many places adopted the practice before the decree.
Pokin Around: Reader's story prompts my memory of swimming naked in high school P.E. class
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Then, your gym teacher tells you to strip naked and walk onto the pool deck with your nude male classmates. Yes, those same classmates you sit next to in math. But for more than 50 years even until , by some accounts , this was standard policy at public high schools in Chicago and across the country. Curious City listener Michael San Filippo grew up hearing stories about what it was like from his dad.