Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

History of the Radio Club

The 1942 Mothers’ Club scrapbook includes a school newspaper article about the beginnings of the Radio Club which states, “The initial lecture of a series of experiments and lectures designed to equip seniors and all members of the student body who have reached their eighteenth birthday with the fundamentals of radio and other standard army communications was given ....

Gold Medal Debate Winners

The Philp Citation Cup Presented by Lt. Col Wm. H. Philp, USA for permanent record of the winning teams in the annual Jesuit High School Debate 1944 Cletus Brady and Jack Stanton 1945 Stanley Redmond and Joseph Canty 1946 Joe Leverette and Jack Burney 1947 David Knight and James Cale 1948 James Cale and James McGaffrey 1949 Albert Collins and Neil O'Brien 1950 John Keehan and Philip Hanley 1951 Joseph Pangle and William Williams 1952 Patrick McDowell and...

The Bishop Lynch Award

The November 1943 Roundup explains that in the later part of the school’s first year, Bishop Lynch awarded a trophy at graduation to an outstanding student. In Fall 1943 he endowed this award to ensure it became “an annual event.” At that time a student from any grade level could receive this award. The Roundup states that “Every student is...