Debate Team Hall of Fame

Created in 2012, the Jesuit High School Forensics Hall of Fame exists to honor participants, coaches, and contributors of the Jesuit Forensics (Debate and Speech) Team for sustained excellence over their careers in debate and speech with Jesuit High School.

Each individual nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame (HOF) must be voted on by the Jesuit Forensics Hall of Fame Voting Committee. The Voting Committee is composed of former participants and coaches of Jesuit’s speech and debate teams and includes Jesuit debaters from every decade since the 1960s. Upon garnering the necessary number of votes, individuals are inducted into the HOF at the end of the year Debate Banquet. Only the aspects of nominees’ debate and speech careers related to their time with Jesuit High School are considered in determining selection for induction. Each new inductee automatically becomes a member of the Voting Committee.

Understandably, records and information about older debaters and coaches are difficult to obtain or remember. If you have more information about the careers of Hall of Fame Inductees or about the Jesuit Speech and Debate Program which is not detailed here, please email Ian Gunn at ipgunn@gmail.com.

Minimum Qualifications for Hall of Fame Inductees

Policy (CX) Debate: participants must at minimum have won a state championship or qualified to the National Tournament of Champions or to a comparable tournament (e.g. NFL Nationals) and garner a two-thirds vote of the Voting Committee.

Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Debate: participants must at minimum have won a state championship or qualified to the National Tournament of Champions or to a comparable tournament (e.g. NFL Nationals) and garner a two-thirds vote of the Voting Committee.

Individual Events (IE): participants must have had consistent sustained success in the late elimination rounds of state tournaments or in elimination rounds of national tournaments or both and garner a vote of two-thirds of the voting committee.

Head Coach: head coaches must have coached for a minimum of three years with sustained excellence of the program and garner a two-thirds vote of the Voting Committee.