Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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 ....

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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 ....

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...

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...