Saturday, September 23, 2017

Joe Leverette ’46

Jesuit High – The early years In August 1942 Dad took me to Jesuit to sign in. The 1st thing he said when we got out was, this was where he was to go to college at Dallas Univ. He received a football scholarship to attend but broke a leg that summer and lost out. He wanted me to do...

John Tolle ’51

I entered Jesuit in 1947 as a freshman and graduated in 1951. The school was much smaller then and there were about 42 in the ninth graduating class of 1951. There is no resemblance between the school building in Oak Lawn and the present facility. I attended Jesuit because my brother Mark was already there as a member of...

The Philothespic Society (Theater) in the 50s

Society members were admitted by delivering entrance speeches. Not all were accepted. The November 1949 Roundup indicates that only thirteen of twenty-one hopefuls were accepted into the Society. In addition to their performance speeches, the members had to “pass a test concerning the By-laws of the Society and concerning parliamentary procedure.” The 1953 Last Roundup indicates that half of...

Al Pierotti ’64

Prologue: I've been asked by a good friend and colleague, Sheryl Row, to chronicle my experience at Jesuit-those years while I attended the school from 1960 thru 1964. I unintentionally forgot about her request but was reminded of it today as I thumbed through one of my old Jesuit yearbooks and realized that at least four of the ex-Rangers with...

David McGowan ’69

Just some random reminiscences: I think junior year was all about becoming seniors. Wow! Seniors got to punish freshmen for perceived insubordination; seniors got to use the senior doors, seniors were kings of the senior patio. Mostly, seniors had their own smoking lounge out by the handball courts. Actually I didn’t even smoke but the idea of a smoking lounge,...

Spirit Groups

“The Lone Rangers is truly THE spirit organization of Jesuit High School.” -Jim Sharp ’70, The Roundup 1968 The quest for school spirit at Jesuit has been filled with starts and starts, lurches and lulls.  The first pep rally was held in November 1946.  The climax of the rally “occurred when the flag was raised on an imitation Iwo Jima...

The Big Brother Council

“Every day I remind myself of how I felt those first few weeks, and how I longed for someone to grab my hand and pull me through it.” - Jason Gonzalez ’96 Big Brother (The Roundup Sept. 1996) “When former Student Council President, Pat Walsh introduced the program to Jesuit, he was looking for a way to introduce...

Fencing

Fencing at Jesuit has had a long but bumpy ride. In 1956 Jesuit’s “true artists of the foil banded together under the guidance of Mr. Benjamin Wren, S. J., to form the first Jesuit Fencing Club.  Since that time, members have met regularly in the basement for a bit of running about and sword clashing” (The Last Roundup...

Arthur Allen ’59

This summary is compiled from Mr. Allen’s talk in 2006 with freshmen in Ms. Celeste DesOrmeaux’s English class and from previous discussions with Sheryl Row, Jesuit Archivist. The talk in 2006 was recorded. In early 1954 a group of city leaders met in the Adolphus Hotel to discuss integration in Dallas schools.  Attending were J. Erik Jonsson, CEO of Texas...