However, many young people in this decade felt a growing unease with the established institutions, and that unease surfaced at SI from time to time. His report praised SI as “unquestionably one of the outstanding Jesuit high schools in the United States …for many years now, it has been building up a fine reputation in the local community and it continues to merit and to enjoy this reputation.” Rooney was pleased that the school was willing to dismiss students whose grades did not measure up, but criticized the tendency of students to choose secular colleges, such as UC Berkeley, over religious universities. Ralph Tichenor, SJ, as principal, and under his five-year tenure the school finally built its gymnasium. Robert Leonard, SJ, who had served the school as vice principal for four years.Despite the new gymnasium, administrators felt pressure to move — pressure from USF, which wanted the Stanyan Street structure for its own plans to expand, and pressure from a growing student body eager for a modern campus.He also found disturbing the shaky financial ground upon which the high school stood.
The baseball team brought home league crowns in 1954, 19; the basketball team won the league in 1951 and then followed with league and Tournament of Champion wins in 19 (with another league victory in 1956); the swimmers won the AAA in 1953, 19; the golf team dominated the AAA with league victories in 1951, 19–59; and the football team triumphed in 1956, 19.
We'll visit the campus of UC Berkeley in the morning.
Then hop on the world's last manually operated cable car system Cable Car.
Coaches such as Jim Keating, Rene Herrerias and Pat Malley were the heroes of the day.
SI strove to be an island of tranquility in this decade, as world events, such as the Korean War and the Communist witch-hunts, led by Senator Joseph Mc Carthy, swirled outside the school’s walls. Rooney, SJ, the Jesuit Education Association director who inspected SI in 1938, made a return inspection in 1950.