Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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 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 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...

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 ....

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...

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...

The Student Patrol

The November 1961 Roundup reported that Fr. S.J. Rivoire, S. J. had formed the Student Patrol to perform the duties of the disbanded Safety Club and more. Students from all four years may apply, but “certain qualifications are expected of the members.” In essence the Patrol will monitor the school. The Safety Club had directed student traffic, as will...

History of Film Society

    According to the 1975 Jesuit Today, “Fr. Kitten initiated Jesuit’s film program in the spring semester of 1971 with a class of six students.” In the Second Annual Dallas/Ft. Worth Information Film Producers Association Student Film Competition, “Steve Cook, was presented the ‘Sandy’ award for the best edited film. . . . was the only high school entry...