The Esquire Club, The Charm Club, and The Riflettes: James Madison High School — 1970

by Paula Bosse

madison_1971-yrbk_exteriorPhoto op on the front steps…. (click for larger image)

by Paula Bosse

Browsing through high school yearbooks (as one does), one always finds images of teenagerdom from yesteryear that are charming. I’ve never been a huge fan of the 1970s, but 1970 was still hanging onto the ’60s for dear life before polyester and disco competely took hold and refused to give up.

These photos are from the 1970 yearbook of James Madison High School (the top photo is from 1971, but … close enough). Here are a few tidbits from that annual. Enjoy.

First, the Esquire Club. ‘Nuff said.


And the Charm Club:


And the crème de la crème of Madison’s fashionable young men and women, Eddie Laury and Carolyn Lester, the “Best Dressed” of 1970. (Eddie, are you wearing ruffled satin and velvet? You win the ’70s!)


(All the class favorites were photographed in front of confusing background dioramas. Was it … a wax museum?)

The winsomely named “Riflettes”:


The dreaded taking of the SAT (under Mrs. Penn’s watchful eye):


The fun of marching band:


And my favorite of almost any Dallas high school yearbook photo I’ve seen, the ROTC “Sweethearts”:


Best. Photo. EVER.


Photos from James Madison High School’s 1970 and 1971 yearbook, The Trojan Archives.

All photos are larger when clicked.


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