Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Alma Mater

Memories from Fr. Joseph Rivoire, SJ: Mr. Elwood Hecker, SJ who came with the school in ’42 was the first band moderator/glee club director; working closely with Mr. Hohman they together produced the fight song…“We’ll sing hurrah for the blue and gold”… and the Ranger Victory March (First Alma Mater).  I have no memory of this alma mater.  By my...

Debate in the 60s

On December 11 and 12, 1959, the debate team of Eddie Carriere and Harry Salis won a second place trophy at the North Texas College speech tournament in Denton. “This was quite an honor for the prize debate team who gained victory in competition with ninety-five other debate teams. Since September the speech team has won nine speech trophies...

Dances in the 40s and 50s

Jesuit's first dance and the "first social of the season" was held on October 8, 1943.  Jesuit hosted the girls from Merici, St. Joseph's Home for Girls, St. Edward's and Our Lady of Good Counsel. The Nov. 1943 Roundup notes that Jimmy Scanlon and Jack Burney performed a magic show.  In addition, " A jitterbug contest was held ....

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 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...

Debate in the 50s

Please note that the early history of the Philothespic Society, Debate and Elocution were entwined. You may wish to visit the history of the Philothespic Society to grasp the full picture of this busy and important activity. 1950s The December 14, 1949, debate topic was Resolved: That the President of the United States Should Be Elected by the Direct Vote of...

Debate in the 40s

Please note that the early history of the Philothespic Society, Debate and Elocution were entwined. You may wish to visit the history of the Philothespic Society to grasp the full picture of this busy and important activity. 1940s The Debate Team originally began as part of the Philothespic Society. The October 1940 Roundup states that the purpose of the Philothespic Society...

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...

Cheerleading

Jesuit Cheerleading: First Years    The November 1943 The Roundup introduces the cheerleaders as “the smallest and one of the most important groups of men in our school.”  Later, the October 1948 The Roundup introduces each cheerleader, including girls from Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Edwards , and Merici . The October 1949 The Roundup describes the new uniforms:  “Strictly...