FACTS ABOUT BOURBONNAIS ST. VIATOR ACADEMY
Year opened: 1865
Year closed: 1931
Now used as: Olivet Nazarene University
School colors: Gold & Purple
School nickname: unknown
School song: "Ye Fighting Men of Viator"
by George H. Scheetz
Composed by James Dalrymple and John Ryan
Music by arranged by Leslie Roch
fighting men of Viator,
With banners of Gold and Purple hue,
Strive, strive with might and main,
Loyal hearts beat for you!
Bold, defiant conquerors,
Fight, fight, fight for victory,
The cheer ring out, one might shout,
For Viator's varsity!
We are aware that the school offered at least football and basketball for its male students, as
evidenced by information found in yearbooks at Bloomington Central Catholic High School, which was preceded by St. Mary's and Trinity High Schools. Baseball might have been played at the school, in light of the fact that a major league player did attend
school on campus.
The college also offered athletics as a member of the Little 19 Conference in Illinois. Information
such as win-loss records, star athletes, and coaches names are needed to enhance the history of athletics at St. Viator Academy.
The school was host to the state Downstate Illinois Catholic High School Basketball Tournament
from 1929-1931, with St. Viator finishing second once in the state tournament to Peoria Spalding Institute, according to a story on the IHSA website (http://www.ihsa.org/initiatives/hstoric/basketball_cathtourn.htm). They also were active on the gridiron, hosting Bloomington Trinity in a night game in 1929 during
a series of games that the two schools played against each other in 1920's.
from Eugene DesLauriers:
My father and brother attended St. Viator's from the late 20's to mid 30's.
My father, Edward E DesLauriers, boxed while he was an undergrad at college in Cicero,
Illinois in the early 30's and earned money for his family with 18 children. His
brother Francis (Father Tacky they called him?) attended at the same
"My father after graduation
became the first Athletic Director
at,St. Viators. In 1936 became Athletic Director of Bendix Brakes in South
It was in South Bend that he worked with as well belonged to Sacred Heart Parish in
South Bend. Later all of our family were all members and practicing
Catholics at Notre Dame.
"Father (Theodore) Hesburgh knew my father and his brother Father Francis. Together
they worked on civil,rights,and integrated all the catholic schools 50's on.
Father Hesburgh, Moose Krause and the Nuns of St Mary's were frequent visitors
at our dinner table on Sundays.
"The connections and bonds these gentlemen had were forged long before I was
born and are based on St Viator's involvement with Notre Dame and all the other
Catholic collegiate schools."