An often heard statement lately, “I can’t wait for spring break.” Well, spring break will start next week.
Spring break is a good time to relax and talk with your friends.
How did spring break start? According to springbreak.com, “Some of the elements of the Spring Break tradition also go way back in the customs of American college students.
Traveling to the coast or to the site of a mineral spring as a restorative cure for the rigors of academic life was common among the well-to-do set of American college students since the 19th century (if not earlier).” Around the nineteenth-century, people started to go on a “road trip” to mingle.
Places like Ft. Lauderdale, FL have become a popular spring break destination. A paper written by a student in the Perry Local Schools says, “In 1926, the “Great Miami Hurricane” struck over Miami with a 15-foot-storm that destroyed most of the town. In an effort to rebuild the town, the city of Ft. Lauderdale built the first Olympic-sized pool in Florida in 1928. Word spread about the casino pool, and when ivy league students came back from Easter break, this created the potential of having an earlier start to swim lessons. It attracted the nation’s top swimmers. A swimming coach wanted to get a jump on the competition, so he brought his team from Hamilton, New York, to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to give it a try. Again word spread, and by 1938 the College Coaches’ Swim forum was formed, and teams from around the country tried to make an annual trip to Ft. Lauderdale’s swimming pool, each spring. Bars started opening up around the hotspot and they became a popular nighttime hangout. By 1953, there were upwards of 15,000 students traveling to Ft. Lauderdale beach spring break.”
Students helped grow the tradition by going to the swimming pool every spring to practice. The coach even made an official team for them.
What are you going to do in spring break? Leave a comment down below and have a good day!