Jerry Durbin ’53

My fondest memory unfortunately is after the time Jesuit graduate Joe Lostetter was killed in Korea. The military sent an honor guard to Jesuit on Oak Lawn to conduct a memorial service in Joe's memory with his family members present and the student body attending I probably became a cheerleader to attract girls' attention. If we had an official moderator,...

Charles Edmond ’58

The initial interview was conducted via phone on 11/20/06 with Sheryl Row, Jesuit Archivist, and revised with Mr. Edmond’s additional comments sent via email on 7/22/11. In the spring of 1955, while attending St. Peter’s Catholic School in the ninth grade, a nun who was also the principal approached me to recruit me to integrate Jesuit High School.  I believe...

This I Remember – Fr. S. J. Rivoire, S. J.

Written 10/17/92 about his first years in the early 1950s A bit more than 40 years ago…It was a hot summer day…& it was Wednesday, Aug. 6…and the year was 1952. I came to Jesuit High School Dallas on that day. There I found that stately and rambling red brick building with its broad entrance drive…and I can still see...

Joseph Grissaffi ‘52

All I can say is that I don’t where I would be today without Jesuit’s education, training and guidance.

James E. Alderman ’50

James Alderman ‘50 ’Twas a cold day in January, 1950 (25 degrees). I was on the warm 6th floor of the old Jesuit High School Building practicing basketball, when I looked out the window and saw a classmate of mine running laps in a complete football uniform. I started laughing and other players came over. I pointed down to our...

Memories of Integration

Jack Harper '58: I am a 1958 graduate and was a classmate of Charles and Arthur. In thinking back about it I am rather surprised that it was not really a big issue with the students. It was all very natural and I guess I was unaware of what a groundbreaking situation we were involved in. I remember a few...

Barry Lovelace ’56

I was in the band for four years. If you’ve ever been in - or seen pictures of - the Oak Lawn building you know it had four floors. The Band Hall and Gym were on the fourth floor. So, to some limited extent, I can probably attribute my current good health to four years of climbing those stairs,...

Arthur Allen ’59

This summary is compiled from Mr. Allen’s talk in 2006 with freshmen in Ms. Celeste DesOrmeaux’s English class and from previous discussions with Sheryl Row, Jesuit Archivist. The talk in 2006 was recorded. In early 1954 a group of city leaders met in the Adolphus Hotel to discuss integration in Dallas schools.  Attending were J. Erik Jonsson, CEO of Texas...

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...