Throughout the generations, Berwick Academy students have demonstrated their pride in BA by wearing blue and white colors and attending pep rallies. The flavor and form of these rallies has changed throughout the Academy's diverse history.
In the 1940's and 1950's, Berwick Academy had a small group of enthusiastic cheerleaders that dazzled and delighted the crowds. These cheerleaders "provided the spark at games and rallies and did much to boost morale on the hilltop." In the 1950's, "B.A. Locomotive! All Set?" "You Bet!" was one of the many familiar cries that could be heard at crisp, fall football games or inside the stuffiness of the gym during winter basketball games.
|1942 Marching Band|
By the early 1960's, school spirit was not as evident at games. In the fall of 1963, William Roots, '64, wrote an article for The Academy Quilltitled, "Something Called Spirit." In this he writes, "One cannot help but notice a lack of enthusiasm when a group will sit in the bleachers and not cheer with all its might . . . a great revival of this element called spirit is underway. Much of the credit for the "Pep-up an' yell" drive can be attributed to Mr. Stires, our Biology Master, who has spread his love and dedication of band music . . . by initiating and directing the new Berwick Academy Hilltopper Band."
|1965 Marching Band|
In 1964, Richard Stocker, '65, wrote an article for The Academy Quillthat discussed the importance of school spirit. His ideas still ring true today.
TRUE SPIRIT COMES FROM WITHIN STUDENTS
by Richard Stoker '65
What makes school spirit? For that matter is it made? No, it must be developed by you students yourselves. . . .
The administrators and faculty introduce the school to you. It is your school, and you must enhance its functions by degree of spirit. Apathy creates a lack of drive and interest, which is obvious to any observer. You are the school! Caring for others, volunteering to help whenever needed, making the correct decision, keeping the campus clean, and staying fit and presentable are the essence of school spirit, your passport to greatness.
|2018 Pep Rally - School spirit is alive and well at BA!|
* Originally written for a 2013 issue of 1791 Letter.