This week’s Throwback Thursday segment honors a dedicated Blue Jay graduate who recently passed away on June 30, 2017. The photo shows current English teacher Mal Villarrubia, Jr. ’66 and Glenn Gennaro ’66 at their 45-year reunion back in June of 2011. Being members of the Class of 1966 is not the only thing these two have in common, for they also share the fact that they have both worked as administrators at Jesuit High School. Mr. Villarrubia is Jesuit’s director of professional development (as well as an English teacher), while Gennaro was director of admissions and counseling for five of the six years he served here at Carrollton and Banks (1985-1991). Gennaro worked for seven other schools during his 43 years in education. Earlier this week, he was the subject of a featured article in the Clarion Herald titled “The Man Who Would Give You The Clothes Off His Back.” In loving memory of Glenn Gennaro, the Jesuit High School community adds this photo to our archives. Goodbye, old friend. Your memory will never be forgotten.
July 13, 2017
A Saint on S. Solomon…
In 2007, graduating Blue Jays honored their alma mater by donating a statue of Saint Francis Xavier to the school. Led by senior class president Will Baay, the seniors raised $2,000 (primarily by selling chicken sandwiches at lunch) for the gift. Baay and other senior class leaders Jeff Schott, Philip Sampognaro, and Patrick Vocke—with the help of Whitney Keller ’81, Mike Varisco ’83, and Br. Dardis ’58—installed the statue in the garden near the Palmyra Street side of the entrance to the chapel. The statue stands as a tangible sign of the class’s appreciation for the education and formation they received during their years as Blue Jays. Jesuit would like to thank the Class of 2007 for their most generous gift and wish them well at their 10-year reunion this weekend. Have fun, guys!
July 10, 2017
Saved by the Dell…
Out with the old, and in with the new. Ms. Sharon Hewlett, Jesuit’s Director of Information Technology, needed a few extra hands last week in order to deliver these 125 boxes to the Resource Center. Happy to help were summer aide Ryan Berzas ’15, events coordinator DJ Galiano ’07, and new database administrator Jordan Holmer ’12. Each box contains a brand new Dell computer that will be set up and ready for the start of the new school year. The technology department refreshes the school’s computers every summer and replaces them every other summer. The aim is to provide students the opportunity to work on systems that have maximum power and take up minimum space.
July 6, 2017
Talk about a magical moment in Blue Jay history! Blue Jay magazine history, more specifically. In fact, this year marks the 90th year since the student-run publication existed.
This week’s Throwback Thursday photo shows three Blue Jay golfers meeting “The King” of golf. Arnold Palmer, often called “The King” or “Arnie” for short, had won six major championships by 1963. With this success he drew such a diverse following, known as Arnie’s Army. All seniors at the time, Chick Schoen ’63, Mike Guarisco ’63, and Mike Eagan ’63 got the chance of a lifetime when they shook hands with Arnie at Lakewood Country Club. Lakewood was the site of the New Orleans Invitational (now the Zurich Classic); and it was the late Garic Schoen ’38, Chick’s father, who brought in Palmer for the PGA tournament. Although Arnie died in September of last year, his name, his Army, and this picture will live on forever. Jesuit photographer Richard Cambre ’66 captured this unforgettable memory.
This information is just a summary of the “Annus Mirabilis” section from last semester’s issue of Jaynotes. Look out for stories like this in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue, hitting mailboxes in August!
June 29, 2017
“Complete body control, stamina, grace, balance, poise, and a certain artistic sense is what makes a good gymnast,” according to the 1961 Blue Jay Gymnastics Team. Mr. Fred Martinez put together Jesuit’s first gymnastics team in 1958. In the team’s second year of competition, the Jays would capture the LHSAA state championship. A dynasty was born. The Blue Jays won the state title seven times between 1958 and 1967. Gymnastics remains an LHSAA sport today, though Jesuit does not field a team. Pictured here, Gerard Louis Danos ’61 executes an “L-sit” on the still rings apparatus.
June 26, 2017
Will Clark’s Water World…
Two Fridays ago, the summer day campers had the time of their lives! Why? It was not only Friday, but it was also Water Day. Blue Jay Summer Camp director Troy Baglio and his team of moderators prepared four giant water slides on Will Clark Field. The two outside slides named “Big Kahuna,” along with the “Wipe Out!” and “Rockin’ Rapids” inflatables, left every camp member with the most fun-filled Water Day. Camp ends next Friday, July 7.
June 20, 2017
A Facelift for the Façade…
Have you ever noticed the façade above the entrances to the auditorium and the Chapel of the North American Martyrs? It bears striking bas reliefs of three of the North American Martyrs (Saints John Lalande, Isaac Jogues, and Rene Goupil). A bas relief sculpture is when the shapes carved are slightly higher than the flat background, allowing the work to be viewed from many angles without distortion of the figures themselves. Pictured here, maintenance and facilities staff member Jack Truxillo, Jr. stands on a crane in order to clean the entirety of the façade. For a detailed history of the talented sculptor who created the decorative elements on the façade, be sure to read the Annus Mirabilis section in the summer issue of Jaynotes that will hit mailboxes in early August.
June 15, 2017
And YOU Get a Car…
While Bob Barker and Oprah Winfrey made the “car giveaway” a showbiz staple, Jesuit once raffled off its own donated car for only $1 at the 5th Annual Blue Jay Bazaar in 1979. That’s right. For $1, you could win a new car. A dollar. Seriously! And pictured here, proudly displaying the beautiful, brand-spankin’ new 1979 Monte Carlo Landau (fully loaded and Jesuit Blue!) are Bazaar Co-Chairs Mrs. Jane Kingsmill, Mrs. Mary Ellen Yager, and Mrs. Sally Duplantier. Be sure to come back next week for Throwback Thursday when we pull another gem from the Jesuit archives!