Remembering The Past: The Night Jefferson High Won the County Championship (Part 2)

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-More from Ed Levy from the years 1955-1956: “In preparation for the Championship event, Jefferson scheduled a ‘Pep Rally’ the afternoon before the night of the title game. Normally, the ‘Pep Rallies’ were held during football season and Jefferson brought in the cheerleading squad from Baton High in Elizabeth.

“Of course Jefferson’s famous band would be there to play. At the time, I was a junior at Jefferson, and always enjoyed the Pep Rallies as there was an ‘esprit de corps’ atmosphere that I have never have re-lived throughout my 74 years on this good earth. Even later on, when I was getting briefed and being charged up for a secret night mission as a Green Beret for the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, I did not have that feeling of elation that I had at those Jefferson High Pep Rallies. When the Jefferson High band played ‘Oh you fighting men of Jefferson, fight until the game is won…’ I got a tingling in my spine and a feeling of elation that I have never been able to feel since those days.

“The game was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. When Jefferson came out on the floor they were shooting really well and were on their mark. St. Mary’s also looked good and there was a sense of suspense and tension in the air.”

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