Given public attitudes about women and sports, local school support for girl’s athletic teams in Ray City, GA seems downright progressive. That progressive optimism was apparent in a 1934 Ray City ‘Booster’ article, which included information on the Ray City School.
Ray City, GA has always taken pride in its athletic teams. A Ray City School alumnus recalls the hometown girl’s basketball team.
“We had a tremendous basketball team, and they’d win. They played basketball all over the county. There were a bunch of schools. I never played on the basketball team, but Edna Francis [Futch] did. Hazel Futch was one of their best players. That was in 1943. They just played on hard courts outside. Some of the places that they played had gyms. They didn’t build the gym at the Ray City School until after I left.”
While women’s basketball followed almost immediately upon the invention of the sport in1892, for many years there was strong resistance to women on the court. The Women’s Sports Foundation gives this assessment of the opposition to women’s basketball in the 1930s.
As the game’s popularity grew, so did the backlash from educators concerned that the physical activity was unladylike, inappropriate and unhealthy. This seesaw battle of growth and resistance continued into the early ‘20s, but the balance shifted in 1923 when Lou Henry Hoover, head of Girl Scouts of America and wife of President Herbert Hoover, helped organize the Women’s Division of the National Amateur Athletic Federation (WDNAAF). In 1925, the WDNAAF passed a resolution outlawing extramural competition, opposing gate-receipts, all travel for women’s games and all publicity of women’s sports. The National Association of Secondary School Principals supported the resolution and they, in turn, pressured high school sports associations to disband tournaments. By the mid-‘30s, competitive basketball at elementary, high school and college level in many states had all but disappeared.
- Ray City School 1934
- Ray City School Gets Lunch Room, 1941
- Perry Swindle and the Twin Lakes Field Trip
- Queen of the Harvest celebrated Ray City Gymnasium
- Ag Teachers go to War
- St. Elmo Lee Was a Blessing to FFA
- Maxie Snead Patten, Youth Leader
- Mrs. Lindsay’s Sixth Grade Class of 1960-61, Ray City Elementary School
- Ray City Seniors ~ 1939
- Glee Club Gave 1939 Christmas Cantata
- Sam I. Watson and the State Board of Educationa
- RAY CITY SCHOOL OPENING 1937