Football Anyone – Gonzaga Preparatory School 1925-1929

Much to my surprise my father, Keith, played football.  He was a quarterback. He worn the old style helmet similar to the one in the photo below.

Old Style Helmet for football

Old Style Helmet for football

He was 5 feet 5 inches and maybe 160 lbs+  He probably weighed even less back then.  He was, however, stocky built with strong arms and good shoulders.

On my visit to Gonzaga in 2002, I took in a display of football pictures on the wall of the hallway in one of their buildings, unfortunately, it was dark so my pictures are not very clear.  I think you will get the idea.

Football teams for Gonzaga celebrated on the wall

Football teams for Gonzaga celebrated on the wall

On the right at the bottom of the bulletin board above, is a photo grouping of some of the players.  My Dad, is the second from the right at the top.

Maybe between the two following photos one might be able to read the names and their positions on the team. (Click on the photo and it will open up into another window, remember to click your back button.)

Gonzaga Football line up for Keith's team

Gonzaga Football line up for Keith’s team 1928

Football Gonzaga Keith's team

Football Gonzaga Keith’s team another look, 1928

 Keith is the one in the middle holding the ball facing to the right.

He is the one in the middle holding the ball and facing to the right in the photo above.

If I have it right, he started out with the Shamrocks first as his team. Keith is the first person in the back row on the right in the darker shirt

Football:  Shamrocks at Gonzaga

Football: Shamrocks at Gonzaga

He later graduated to the Terrier Football Team. In the photo below Keith is in the front row with his arms crossed, fourth one from the right.  He is looking straight at the camera with a very grumpy look on his face.

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Unfortunately, I do not know what year this one of the Terrier’s was taken but I think it maybe have been 1929 because my Dad looks a bit older than the photo above?  He is again in the front row second man in from the right next to the one in the lighter shirt and he has his arms crossed.

Terrier Football team 1928 - Gonzaga

Terrier Football team 1928 – Gonzaga

Here are a couple of articles about the football team:

Football news for November 1928

Football news for November 1928

More news about the football team in November 1928

More news about the football team in November 1928

Football Letters awarded to the players in 1928 Gonzaga High School

Football Letters awarded to the players in 1928 Gonzaga High School

Here is his certificate awarding him the right to wear the Football Monogram.

Football Monogram - Keith Awarded the right to wear it!

Football Monogram – Keith Awarded the right to wear it!

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Gonzaga High School Basketball 1926-1929

Here Keith is posing in his basketball uniform. This was probably taken next to their house in Spokane. When I learned he played basketball I was very intrigued because he was not a tall man. I heard however, that he was quick.

Keith posting in his basketball uniform

Keith posting in his basketball uniform

You can see that he is wearing the same uniform in the picture below, with his classmates. Keith is in the back row second from the right. The right top tip of the banner is pointing to him.

Gonzaga Baskettball team

Gonzaga basketball team

My father probably would have made a good genealogist because several of his group photos have the names on the back in what looks like the person’s own handwriting.  I count nine names and there are nine in the photo. We do not know in what order the names are written or who is whom.  Still it is so cool that he did this and sought their autographs.  Some of the writing was cut off unfortunately.

Backside and names of the team pictures above

Backside and names of the team pictures above

The names are Burt Hutton, Center; George Cormier, R. Guard; Hugh L. Neubert, Mgr.; Charles Vass, LG; Milton Hirsch Jr., Forward; Jack Shields, L. Forward cpt.; Maurice Black, Left Guard; Obde Edwards, R. Forward; and J. J. Kennedy.

In the next photo Keith is left from the young man holding the trophy and the fourth man in. He has his hand holding the banner and he is in a white long-sleeved shirt. This is in his sophomore year which would be about 1927 to 1928. He is not in the lower picture.

It reads Above: Sophomore “B”, Champions of the Senior division of Interclass Basketball League.

Gonzaga Baskettball  Sophomore circa 1928

Gonzaga basketball Sophomore circa 1928

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Track Team: Gonzaga High School circa 1926-27

Gonzaga Track Team

Gonzaga Track Team

Keith did pursue the physical part of the requirements at Gonzaga and was in the track team.  In the above picture he is the in the back row in the center with his hair falling in his eyes. Start with the man on the left in the suit, then go to the right three young men in. Based on how he looks, I think this was early in his time at the school.

Here is a little more of the full article, the handwritten notations are not personal comments by his friends.

Gonzaga Track team a little more information

Gonzaga Track team a little more information

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A little Class Activity at Gonzaga…

Apparently he was involved with the Sophomore B class group in 1927. He is on the left second row, first person in the photo below.

1927 Keith as Sophomore

1927 Keith as Sophomore

In 1928 he was in the Junior “B” group.  Keith is in the second row on the right first person.  The personal comments are not writings in his book.

Keith in Junr B.

Keith in Junr B.

I am assuming these were class social and political groups for the students and they would plan activities for the class.

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