Athletics has been part of Collegiate from the very beginning.
From the first issue, June 5, 1919, of The Collegiate Chronicle, athletics was a prominent feature; every reader and fan eager for the latest news.
The first Athletics column focused on basketball: “The girls were very enthusiastic about the sport and they showed good spirit in their work.” In a game played against the Virginia-Randolph Ellett team on the Y.W.C.A. field, “both teams made a splendid showing, but by excellent team work and snappy playing Collegiate was able to win by the score of 17 to 6.”
Not only was athletic competition valued, but Collegiate realized that school spirit was part of who we were and who we would continue to be. The Collegiate School Athletic Association was formed in January 1919, and legions of fans have cheered teams, from watching basketball on the roof of the Collegiate School for Girls on Monument Avenue to the green fields and courts of the Robins Campus.
This series, Go Cougars, will take a look at the athletic program, not a celebration of the trophy case but a look at what it has added to the lives of students and our school.
First up, Lacrosse.