|Cairo St. Joseph High School Gymnasium
The St. Joseph High School Fighting Irish had a great run in boys basketball in the mid-1940s (www.ihsa.org
). We believe the school offered baseball and track as well. School fight song, team records, and coach's
names are items we are currently seeking.
Joe Profilet (Class of 1949) had the following to offer regarding the St. Joseph athletic experience
of the 1940s:
"The school Fight Song for the St. Joe Fighting Irish was a take-off of the Notre Dame Fight Song. e.g. Cheer. Cheer
to old St. Joe High, Bring all the echos out of the sky", etc. We had cheerleaders, usually 3 or 4 girls. The basketball team
was pretty much a school effort. We had so few boys that usually every boy was involved in some way: playing, score keeping,
being the equipment manager, etc..
We were in no conference, playing few Catholic schools. We did play at St. Mary's Cape Giradeau, MO., St. Mary's of Paducah,
and for a couple of years we played a Catholic team at Carlye, Illinois.
We played at a lot of little high schools, probably most of them are now defunct. I haven't checked your menu for these
yet. Some places we played at were: Cairo High School, Mounds, Mound City, Karnak, Brookport, Dongola, Wolf Lake, Grand Chain,
Fancy Farm, KY. Charleston, MO., Ullin, Illinois, Thebes. These are ones that spring to mind as I do a little trip down memory
You mentioned that the school may have had a baseball or track team. I don't think so. I do remember that sometime prior
to 1945, Jimmie Darrow tried to organize the boys into a track team, but I don't think he ever got it off
|The St. Joe Fighting Irish of 1948-49
|Courtesy of Joe Profilet
Back to back to back!! The St. Joseph hardwood court men won three consecutive District
Championships in the mid-1940s. Team records and coach's names of these and other great St. Joseph Fighting Irish
teams are being sought.
1943-44 District Champions
1944-45 District Champions
|Fighting Irish of 1946-47
|St. Joe Fighting Irish of 1945-46
Members of the Team of 1945-46 - Photo Above Left
FRONT ROW: Left to Right: Eddie Klein, Jamie Stewart, Ann Muthig, Sissy Steinhouse, Mary Levitt, George Fleerlage,
SECOND ROW STANDING: Left to Right: Jerry Rowling, Paul Moore, Rev. Rudolph Jantzen, Billy Martin, Leo (Corky”
Profilet, Joe Day, Dick Rowling, Bob Powell, Jimmy Dyas, Bob Parrot, John Heaman.
TOP ROW: Left to Right: Coach Jimmie Darrow, Chuck Schaefer, Joe Profilet, Charlie Spiese, Bill Burkstaller,
Members of the Team of 1946-47 - Photo Above Right
FRONT ROW: Left to Right: Eddie Klein, Johnnie Miller, Earl Mattson, Bennie Artz, Phil Stewart, Jimmie Spies,
SECOND ROW STANDING: Left to Right: Paul Moore, Rev. Rudolph Jantzen, Bob Parrot, Jimmie Dyas, Virginia Beno,
Sissy Steinhouse, Cordelia Rock, Mary Levitt, Charlie Spies, Jack Carr, Coach Jimmie Darrow
TOP ROW: Left to Right: Jack Tupper, Joe Profilet, Bob Powell, Lindy Coury. Dick Rowling, Jamie Stewart, Chuck
Schaefer, George Fleerlage, Phil Glaab, Johnnie Heaman
Seeking Your Help
If you have ANY
information you would like to share about the great history and great memories enjoyed
at Cairo St. Joseph High School we are hopeful you will write to us. You can e-mail us items at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also write to us at:
Illinois HS Glory Days
6439 N. Neva St.
Chicago, Il. 60631