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...

History of The Roundup and The Last Roundup 1940s

  The October 8, 1966, The Texas Catholic editorializes that “the first edition of The Roundup issued Nov. 24, 1942, can hardly be called ‘memorable.’ Devoted mainly to gossip and descriptions of various newly formed organizations, the whole affair would be considered a monstrous failure if published today by the present staff. But for the first attempt it was extremely well...

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 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...

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...

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...

The School Seal

In February of 1943 three students created the school seal. The seal consists of four parts: 1. William Underhill drew a crown of thorns to represent endurance and the letter J to represent the Jesuit fathers 2. Robert Mullen designed the Lone Star surrounded by a laurel wreath to represent Texas and its honor and dignity 3. David O’Brien drew a cowboy...

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...