Saint Hubert Catholic High School, the private all-girls school in Tacony, knows how to draw a crowd. After all, they’ve had 75 years to perfect the art. Since 1941, a lineage of students have shown their pride for St. Hubert through a number of extracurricular clubs and activities.
At open houses and orientation days, school spirit is celebrated before the girls even step foot in the building freshman year.
During the school year, there’s hardly a week that passes without an event at St. Hubert, the 2017 Reader’s Choice winner for most school spirit. For example, Susie Hubert Day, held yearly on the day before Thanksgiving, pits classes against each other in friendly competitions.
On a Sunday in late May, the school’s 75th anniversary celebration culminated in an alumni event with over 400 former students.
Tricia Decker, the director of institutional advancement at St. Hubert and an alumnus, and her daughter, who graduated in 2011, were in the auditorium chanting along to the school’s theme song.
“I’d never heard it sung so loud,” Decker recalled her daughter saying.
Decker has witnessed St. Hubert’s deep roots within the community both as a mother of a student and one herself. From her time on the school newspaper in the ‘80s to its tech-focused robotics club of 2017, Decker credits students’ excitement in extracurriculars to the passion younger students witness in upperclassmen.
“The traditions are carried on and passed down and the incoming freshman embrace that when they come here,” Decker said. “They embrace the pride and how much these girls love St. Hubert.”
For the approximately 600 young women currently enrolled, that pride can sometimes translate into monetary gains.
Once a year for the last five years, alumni from the class of 1962 have chosen a member of the senior class to “sponsor” via a prestigious scholarship that helps with college application fees and extracurricular expenses - like prom, for example. Additionally, over $20 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded to seniors for college.
The school’s decades-long past helps the faculty and alumni pass on traditions of school spirit. Whether it be career day (many speakers are, in fact, former students) or the father-daughter dance, when students see their peers excelling and, having fun at school, they want to get in on it, too.
“You can feel how much spirit we have,” Decker said, “of 75 years of 30,000 women walking through these halls. I think it keeps generating through all of these students.”