Friday, February 23, 2018

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...

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 ....

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...

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...

History of WJHS TV Station

WJHS-TV, a closed circuit system, began in 1963 with the opening of the Inwood Rd. campus. A Prospectus for the senior English TV course explains the expectations for classroom appearance, discussion protocol, assignments, and more. In September 1964 Fr. Robert Tynan, S.J. corresponded with Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp. concerning problems with the system. He wrote that the system had...

History of The Roundup and The Last Roundup 1950s

  In October 1949 the paper reported that it had been accepted into the Catholic School Press Association “with a rating of First Honors, the second highest classification for High School newspapers.  The rating was based on all of last year’s monthly publications, and a separate award, Second Honors, was given to The Last Roundup.” In March 1950 The Roundup sponsored...

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...

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...

History of the Dress Code

The dress code was addressed for the first time in the 1945-1946 Prospectus (the precursor to the student handbook): The attire had to be clean and neat at all times. Students were not allowed to wear polo shirts, T-shirts, coveralls, or blue jeans. “It is highly desirable that Jesuit High students wear a tie.” In the 1955-1956 Prospectus, the students were...