As students report back to school in Boston, we take a look at images of the past capturing this exciting and anxious time. The photos depict issues of the era, as well as the fashions. — Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite
Ollie Noonan Jr./Globe Staff
Sept. 25, 1968: Students walked outside English High School where Boston police monitored a student protest of school clothing regulations. Black youths were protesting the suspension of one student who wore a "dashiki" to school, and several white students burned their neckties on the grounds that if black student didn't have to wear ties they shouldn't either.
Joseph Dennehy/ Globe Staff
Oct. 15, 1970: Overcrowding in 1970 caused problems for many city schools. Students had to eat lunch at their desks and take classes in the auditorium at Charlestown High School, which was opened for sessions in 1906.
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Sept. 13, 1972: About 15 girls walked out of the Grover Cleveland Junior High School and formed a picket line to protest the exclusion of girls from industrial arts classes. Principal Edmund Barry termed the protest "a tempest in a teapot." About 200 people, including male students and teachers, signed a petition sympathetic to the issue.
Bob Dean and Thomas E. Landers/ Globe Staff
Sept. 12, 1974: Classes began for first- to 12th-graders under the court-ordered desegregation plan for the 87,000 students then enrolled in the Boston public schools. On June 21, Judge Garrity had filed a 152-page opinion with the clerk of the court. In his lengthy opinion, the judge ruled that the School Committee of the City of Boston had "intentionally brought about and maintained racial segregation" in the Boston public schools. At left, apprehension was reflected in the face of the young girl on the bus for the first day of desegregation in Boston schools. At right, Bonnie M. Mickle of Roxbury checked with teacher Clarence Glover to be sure she was at the right school on opening day.
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Sept. 5, 1979: A show of hands to volunteer to be the line leaders at the the first day of school for second graders at the Elliot School in the North End.
Joseph Dennehy/Globe Staff
Sept. 4, 1979: The Joseph Lee School teachers listened to Principal Fran Kelly as they planned for school opening.
Jim Wilson/Globe Staff
Sept. 3, 1986: Radio station WILD-AM sponsored a back to school party for students at Roxbury's Madison Park High School. Rapper Doug E. Fresh headlined a three-hour, seven-act concert. Multicolor balloons waved in the air as kids danced to the rapper's dance rhythms.