The high school Hillary Rodham graduated from did not exist until her senior year. Having previously attended Maine East High School, Rodham spent her final year before college at the newly founded Maine South in Park Ridge, Illinois, the Chicago suburb where she lived for almost her whole childhood.
If the reporting of the school newspaper, Southwords, is any indication, the school year of 1964-65 was a busy one for Rodham.
Here's what she did:
She was a member of the Student Council Constitutional Committee.
She was the director of the Republican organization during a school-wide mock election.
The mock election was supposed to be just like a regular election, with registration forms and all. But despite its procedural realism, campaigners weren't allowed to put up posters or hold demonstrations.
There was a debate, however. Rodham argued with Democrats about topics from "centralization in government" to "US policy in Vietnam," to "US nuclear policy."
You can almost see her here, on stage during the debate, the fourth person from the left, but she's being blocked by a male peer on the edge of his seat.
With Rodham's help, Goldwater won the mock election. (In the real election, he lost in a landslide.)
Rodham was chosen as an alternate to appear on "It's Academic," a high school quiz show on NBC.
The school won their debut on "It's Academic."
Rodham was the chairman of the "Organizations" committee on the Student Council.
She was also a "senior leader" and is seen in the middle of the third row yearbook picture.
Rodham was nominated in the Junior Miss pageant, which sought the "ideal high school senior girl."
Rodham was in the "Brotherhood Society."
The Brotherhood Society was a group of three boys and three girls from each class chosen on the "basis of their friendliness, school-spirit, goodwill, and service." The organization put on a school dance.
Rodham pretended to be a journalist from Time magazine conducting an interview, with herself as the subject.
Much of the interview features Rodham listing her accomplishments, sometimes interrupting the "interviewer" to do so.
In the "interview," she said that her ambition was to "marry a senator and settle down in Georgetown."
Here's another shot of that sketch portrait.
Rodham was co-chairman of the Student Council Anti-Vandalism Committee.
In her interview of herself, she wrote that that she was "very disappointed that vandals would ruin the wall, but I hardly think it was representative of all the students."
She also led "public relations" for the Student Council.
She's in the second row of the yearbook photo for the Student Council Representatives.
Rodham was vice president of the National Honor Society. According to the paper, the club's projects for the year included acquainting "underclassmen with the requirements and opportunities for membership" in the National Honor Society.
She can be seen here in the middle row of the National Honor Society yearbook photo:
Her yearbook also noted she was on class council, vice president, newspaper, national honor society, student council, and a variety show among other activities.
Rodham performed in "Halibut," a parody of Hamlet written by a counselor at Maine South and an AP English teacher at Maine East. She played the role of "narrator."
Here is the paper's account of Halibut's moving soliloquy on the question of whether "to bathe or not to bathe:"
Here is Rodham in rehearsal:
Rodham was a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
Here's a photo of the finalists in the yearbook:
Rodham made the "high" honor roll, meaning her GPA was a 4.0.
At the end of the year, she won a bunch of awards: the Social Science award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship award, and a Good Will award.
A piece imagining the class of 1965 at its ten-year reunion predicted that Rodham would become a nun named "Sister Fridigidaire."
Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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