Writer Lynn Q. Yu in a revealing article on the Slate web site looks back at the quiet all-girl school's come-from-behind victory over the Ivy League powerhouse on the intellectually rigorous TV quiz show. Comparing the College Bowl to today's "Jeopardy" reveals how the nation's educational standards have declined.
A year removed from Princeton's appearance in the NCAA basketball Final Four, led by Bill Bradley, the Tigers held the lead until the final seconds, when the Scotties snatched the win with an unexpected answer to a difficult question.
Agnes Scott's triumph punctured the claim that women couldn't compete against men in intellectual pursuits such as gathering knowledge in various fields. It also heralded a growing acceptance of women in male-dominated professions. Yu points out that Princeton began accepting women three years later.
Receiving little attention even in Atlanta, liberal-arts Agnes Scott remains all-women, its graduates stamped with intellectual passion and a sense of social mission.
For one brief moment in the fractious 1960s, Agnes Scott gained national attention by besting an Ivy League bastion of presumed male superiority.