Miss Popularity in the 1970’s: 35 Vintage Photos of Prom Queens & Their Groovy Court

It’s fascinating to look back at the “In Crowd” from days gone by.  What passed for good looks has certainly changed in the past forty-plus years.  The “Farrah hair” and the afro, the polyester spaghetti-strap gowns, the puffy lace sleeves, etc. were all in full effect in the late seventies; while the miniskirt and a more hippie aesthetic ruled the Homecoming Courts at the start of the decade.

So, lets have a look through some found photographs of prom and homecoming dances from the 1970s, and see what the royalty looked like.  Enjoy.


Santa Ana Junior College (1970)

(L) University of North Texas (1972)

University of California Santa Barbara (1970)

USC 1968 royalty pose alongside “Football-Track God” O.J. Simpson.

Tyler Junior College, Texas (1970)

Victoria College, Texas (1971)

Texarkana College (1970)

Texas Tech University (1975)

Loyola Marymount University, California (1971)

California State University Long Beach (1970)

Grayson College, Texas (1975)

California State University Long Beach (1969)


Texas Tech University (1972)

East Texas Baptist University (1972)

Ashland University, Ohio (1971)


Ashland University, Ohio (1971)

This homecoming queen looks positively dour atop her float.

Homecoming finalists – Angelo State University (1969)

Well, it looks as though we’ve landed in the 1980’s.  So, we’ll stop here.  Good bye!