A member of the first freshman class to enter the "new" Concord High School on Stow Street (now the Emerson Umbrella), Pearle was one of the finest all around athletes of her era. She competed in field hockey, the only interscholastic sport available to women at the time, and was elected to captain the team in her senior year. Pearle was just as competitive on the intramural basketball and baseball teams and was recognized by her classmates for her spirit and ability when they voted her Most Athletic.
Pearle has fond memories of playing basketball at the Concord Armory, which was divided into three courts. She and her younger sister Ruthe played against each other at the center position and had some scrappy times. Coach Ruth Emmons sometimes had to stop the games to request that the Hughes girls contain their competitiveness.
As you might expect from such a versatile athlete, Pearle's dream was to pursue a career in physical education. Unfortunately, her ambition was cut short by the Depression, but she instilled her spirit and love of sport in her daughters, Pam and Paula, who majored in Physical Education in college. She also has two sons, Arnold and Edward, and is blessed with ten grandchildren.