From Patricia Burgin Sumner (Class of 1953).
"As I recall, we didn't have school colors or a school song. The high
school was on one corner and the convent was across the street just east of the school so that we could see it from our classrooms. The
nuns could see us when the standard punishment for our classmates was to hang them out the window. We kept the windows
open in good weather so we could hear them laughing and singing and playing badminton.
"Our uniforms were navy blue suits with white open neck blouses and they were never to be repaired. The
badge of honor for a senior was to have the most raggedy jacket imaginable.
"We did have sports and plays. I was a guard on the basketball team and was too shy to play
Puck when asked by the Drama teacher. I can't remember her name but met her again as an adult when she was the date brought
along by my date's roommate. She again chastised me for turning down Puck and I spent the whole evening trying to get used
to calling her by her first name.
"When I contracted polio and spinal meningitis in sophomore year, the whole
school went out onto Garfield Blvd. to pray for me. High school may
have been painful for a lot of people; but, I had the best classmates in the world."
From Lee Bormet:
"I attended Visitation kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and a few months of
3rd grade up until 1952. The nickname of the school and parish was "Viz." The convent was across the street from
the high school and the nuns gave piano lessons on the first floor of the convent. Recitals
were held in the auditorium of the high school."
From Sarah "Sally" (Flemming) Toblesky (Class of 1959):
"I graduated from the class of 1959. Yes we had class plays. In fact,
I was part of the back stage crew at our Sr. Class Play. We did have a student Council. I played basketball only
because I had to in gym class. I can't recall if we had a team who played other schools. We
held special dances (girls asked the boys)....Senior proms and Sock Hops.
"Unfortunately I lost all of the paraphernalia from my senior year except for my class ring
which my daughter now wears. I sure hope someone out there knows the words to that song because I still remember the
"I had the most wonderful 4 years of my life at Visitation. I was just an average girl but
had good friends and loved all the sisters. Yes we called it 'Viz'...There was always so much offered to us you couldn't help
but be proud to be a student there.
"We had a very well-rounded curriculum. They offered clerical classes for gals who wanted
to be secretaries. They offered all the courses girls needed to attend college. They also offered cooking, sewing, etc. I
received a very good education.
"I remember once we actually had a ballet company
come and dance at the school. There was always something going on in that regards. Another time we had musicians
playing classical music. We were always exposed to many facets of life. In my senior year we had a mother/daughter
tea, and a father/daughter square dance. I
also seem to recall that our 1959 class had the distinction of having some of the smartest seniors in the city of Chicago.
"The freshman and sophomore's uniform was a dark navy blue jacket and skirt with a white blouse. The
Jrs and Srs wore light blue jackets and skirt with a white blouse. We had to be able to tell who were upper classwomen!! First
Friday of every month, we could wear street clothes so that we could get our uniforms cleaned.
"When I was a sophomore our class got into a lot of trouble. Toward the end of school,
as we were going home, we started ripping up our uniform jackets as this was the last time we had to wear them. It was
a sight seeing all those girls leaving parts of their uniform jackets on the street! Well, word got back to Mother Superior, who was livid over the stories she was being told. When we got back
to school Monday morning, on the bulletin board in our respective homerooms was a note stating that all Sophomore's would
be required to continue wearing their dark blue uniforms! Oh my gosh....happy ending, I found a friend who still had her dark
blue uniform jacket and loaned it to me, thank goodness I still had my skirt! That was quite a blemish on our class. But
by the time we were seniors, we had resurrected ourselves.
"Viz also had a lot of after-school clubs like, English, Math, History, creative writing, etc. We
had a senior year book. In fact, we had everything available to us that any other high school had -
except boys :)!
"That's all I can recall...pretty good considering this year is my 50th anniversary since my
graduation in 1959!"
From Donna Williamson Gullo, (Class of '67)
"I went to Visitation Grammer School from 1st-8th grades - graduating in
1963. I also went to Vis High School - graduating in 1967.
wore blue jackets and blue/white skirts in Freshman/Soph years. Jr and Sr years we wore Grey Jackets and a Grey/White
Skirt. We also had a Glee Club, which was an elective class for Jrs
"Freshman and Sophomores had no electives. Depending on your entrance scores you were given your
classes by the school. The order was: Latin I & II, French I & II, Spanish I & II , or Home Economics / Cooking. Math: Algebra or General Math Freshman Year followed by Geometry or Algebra
for Soph. year. We had Gym class in Freshman Year but then the Gym Teacher quit and they never got a new gym teacher until
our Sr. year (after the Sr schedule had already been made) so Srs did not have gym that year either.
"We attended school from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Each of our classes were 55
minutes long. We had 5 minutes to get to our next class. They made the halls and stairways into one way corridors, so depending
on where you were you would have to go up or down and across the floors to get to your next class. They even split our
lunch period up. You would have, study, lunch, study or lunch, study, study or study, study, lunch, all in one
hour and the Lunch Room was in the basement of the Grammer School! You had to go to 54th Place and enter the lunch room
from the back door and after lunch you went out the front door back to the High School. They did allow us the choice of going
to a study hall or going to the gym to play volleyball during the lunch hour.
"Our Jr Class Trip went
to Springfield Illinois and our Sr class trip was the first not to go to Washington, DC. Instead, we went to Montreal/Quebec
for the Expo '67. We took a chartered flight there and one of the priests
came out to the plane and gave us all final absolution before the plane departed. It was a 6 engine plane and don't you
know that they had a problem with one of the engines before take off and had to restart the engines a second time. As it was
a private charter the pilots let us come up to the cockpit in groups of 2-3 and they showed us how the plane flew and let
us hear the traffic instructions through their earpieces. The stewardess's showed us where the glasses, soda and ice
were at and to help ourselves through out the flight while they sat back and talked to the nuns. They really gave us
alot of freedom on that trip.
"In Quebec we toured the old part of the city, an island in the St.Lawrence
Seaway (where they only spoke French) and had a sock hop held just for us at a College with guys from the school invited
even! In Montreal we were given an envelope with money for food at
the Exp, told how to get back to our motel via public transportation, in case we decided to leave the Expo earlier than the
rest of the class. We were told to stay in groups of 3 or more and if we were leaving early to find another group from
the school and pass on that information so they would know why we did not show up at the gate at closing. Considering
the size of the Expo and all the exhibits the group I was with never saw anyone from our school until the gate that night.
This was really trusting of them because all with the Expo was the Navy Fleet, where I know alot of the groups spent the whole
day! We all made it back to Chicago without any problems.
"We had many clubs
at the school. Their were among them the Drama Club (put on the play "Mrs O"Leary's Cow), Art Club, French Club,
Library Club, Big Sisters, Sodality Club (the president of this club was the girl who did the May Crowning) to mention a few.
We were the first class that did not have the big May Crowning on the Blvd. with the whole Grammar and High School lined up
in the grass in front of the grotto outside the rectory.
"We also had the mother/daughter tea and father/daughter
square dance. Of which I had the priviledge of attending with my parents.
"I will never forget the great
times, great people, great neighborhood and great school. I am proud to be an Alumni of Visitation."
From Kathleen Brennan Mammoser, (Class
"There were no athletics teams, but
there was a Senior Class play put on every year. We had the Junior-Senior Tea and the
Mother-Daughter Tea and the Father-Daughter Dance. We had Student Council, Alumnae Club, Art Club, Big Sister Council, Biology
Club, Catholic Action (the president of this club crowned the Blessed Virgin
statue on the Boulevard on Mother's Day), Drama Club, French Club, Glee Club,
History Club, Library Club, Math-Science Club, Mission Club, Quill and Scroll Society, National Honor Society, Spanish Club,
the VAA Board and Sodality. The name of the school literary magazine was Vista and we had a yearbook. Until 1965 the yearbook
had a soft cover. The only formal pictures in the yearbook were the seniors."