"I was in the class of 1972, after first attending
St. Colette Grade School in Rolling Meadows. Our freshman year, 1968-69 we had a rather large class, but after that year,
tuition spiked to $500.00 a year and the parents of quite a few girls opted to send them to Forest View (Rolling Meadows
High wasn't finished yet), Arlington, Prospect, or other surrounding public
"We were taught by the Religious of the Sacred Heart
of Mary, their signatures always included, the "RSHM" distinction, which in our youth and hilarity we deemed
to stand for, Russian spy, Hitler's mother. We were young, it was the 60's. These wonderfully dedicated women were
fore runners in the modernization of the Catholic church, eschewing their
habits in 1970, along with abolishing our dress code.
"There was an "optional" uniform available, which
was brown herringbone in a small, chevron design, entirely different from our blue skirts and navy sweaters (with white blouses
underneath the sweater, closed at the neck with stylish, monogrammed, gold circle pins). They instituted modular
scheduling, even had independent study courses designed to expand our education
and break from the traditional, Catholic, ruler-wielding atmosphere we were accustomed to. Many parents, mine in particular,
HATED the new, modern approach and resented the high tuition and seemingly lacksidasical programs. More student decline resulted.
"As far as sports were concerned, SHM participated
in the GAA, Girls' Athletic Association in basketball and volleyball, fielding varsity teams in both sports. We traveled to
Chicago, Des Plaines, and surrounding areas to participate, playing against
other all-girls teams.
"At the time of my graduation, there were only about
600 girls attending this school.
"And songs? Well, it wasn't an official song but
we did sing a little ditty to the Notre Dame fight song -
"I go to Sacred Heart, oh pity me.
There's not a boy in the vicinity.
At nine o'clock they lock and bolt the doors.
I don't know what the hell I came here for.
And when vacation time comes Rollin' round,
we're gonna turn this damn town upside down.
We're gonna smoke, and swear, and neck and
and neck and neck -
An all girls schooo-ooo-ool!"