The 1970-71 Girls’ Basketball Team was the first girls’ team of any sport at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, opening the door for generations of young women who walked through the doors of Cardinal Stritch who desired to be a student-athlete.
Years before Title IX was passed, they faced many obstacles in establishing their team, including practicing at 6am and sharing their locker room with opposing teams, since they were not allowed to use the boys’ locker room. Despite having 13 girls on the first team, there were only 12 jerseys, requiring one girl to sit every game.
The original scorebook, still in the possession of then-coach, Kathy Jaros Miller ’68, details a 4-2 season, losing by 3 and 2 points, respectively. In the inaugural season, the Cardinals advanced to the Final Four of the City League Tournament. Since the trailblazers opened the door for girls sports at Cardinal Stritch, they have gone on to win hundreds of games, and countless conference, district and sectional titles, and earn thousand of dollars in college scholarships.
In a nomination of this team, Lynn Kitchen Langel ’72 said, “If we are going to recognize Cardinal Stritch’s athletic accomplishments, we need to acknowledge and applaud a team that probably worked harder than any other team to have the opportunity to play the sport they loved at the school they loved!”