The truth about Bermuda Shorts Day

Bermuda Shorts Day first happened at Central High School (8th Street and 12th Avenue SW) in June 1957. A small group of girls decided to wear Bermuda shorts, the latest fashion that year, to school for the last of the Grade XII exams, Math 30. (Mine were bright red chinos, worn with long socks and a nice blouse -- quite demure.)

This was a daring prank, as girls were not allowed to wear slacks to school, never mind shorts, even shorts that reached the knees. Nothing was said, however, and afterwards we just went home.

The next year, 1958, at the University of Alberta in Calgary (UAC), this group of girls spread the word and again we wore our long shorts, this time for the last day of classes in April. Again, it was only a prank, and a girl thing, with no thought of a party; drinking was never even considered.

This was all before the U of C existed. Fifty-seven years ago! (The UAC campus was the west end of the Tech (now Heritage Hall at SAIT) plus two wooden huts which housed Arts & Sciences and the Students’ Union).

-- Judith Stonebridge Doyle (submitted with permission)

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