Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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...

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...

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...

Diversity at Jesuit: A Look Back

PDF - Diversity at Jesuit: A Look Back (Jesuit Today Winter 2012)

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...

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...

Charles Edmond ’58

The initial interview was conducted via phone on 11/20/06 with Sheryl Row, Jesuit Archivist, and revised with Mr. Edmond’s additional comments sent via email on 7/22/11. In the spring of 1955, while attending St. Peter’s Catholic School in the ninth grade, a nun who was also the principal approached me to recruit me to integrate Jesuit High School.  I believe...

Memories of Integration

Jack Harper '58: I am a 1958 graduate and was a classmate of Charles and Arthur. In thinking back about it I am rather surprised that it was not really a big issue with the students. It was all very natural and I guess I was unaware of what a groundbreaking situation we were involved in. I remember a few...

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,...