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The Tiger Tradition
Jesuit High School has achieved more than 100 years of athletic excellence. Since humble beginnings at the turn of the 19th century, Jesuit's athletic programs have developed, through the decades, into nationally recognized championship contenders.
Scroll down through these vintage photos for a glimpse of Jesuit's historic teams, athletes and coaches.
Al Lopez Sr. '27 was Florida's first professional baseball player. He is the namesake for Jesuit's Al Lopez Sports Center.
Jesuit's 1943-44 basketball team won the Southwest Conference Championship.
1921- Jesuit's first football team
1959 basketball: No. 4 is professional baseball legend Lou Piniella, who was a basketball star at Jesuit.
Swimming circa early 1950s. (From the personal collection of Coach Paul Straub.)
1968 State Championship football
Running back Leonard George -- 1968 State Champion football.
George was the first African-American to receive a scholarship to play at the University of Florida.
Coach Paul Straub during the construction of Jesuit's gym in 1961. Straub served Jesuit for 42 years as
coach of several sports, athletic director, alumni director and teacher.
1980 baseball. Dave Magadan is in the back row, fifth from the right. Magadan spent more than a decade playing
for several MLB teams and is currently the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.