Norwegian Farmer’s Son…October 1st

October 1st…“DID YOUR HIGH SCHOOL, IN BATTLE GROUND, WASHINGTON, HAVE GAL AND GUY CHEERLEADERS?  DID ANY OF THEM REALLY SHINE WITH EXTRA SPIRIT?”

POEM – “Jim In The Gym”  by N. Elliott Noorlun

#1072 BGHS Jim Dunning 1969-70 001
Jim Dunning is front row, right, in this cheer squad photo from the 1969-70 Bengal yearbook.

When it came to spunk, When it came to style,

His grin was seen, A country mile.

Any student could tell ya, Whether chunky or slim,

There was just no topping, Our Jim In The Gym.

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Jim was Tiger proud!

We guys who sat, In bleachers high,

Could hardly stand by, When this “spirit guy”,

Would get us all, To growl with him,

Yup, that was our rousing, Jim In The Gym.

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Jim Dunning

Oh sure, girl cheerleaders, Were nice to see,

As they rattled pom poms, And yelled with glee.

But our “Black and Orange”, Growls were for him,

None other than loyal, Jim In The Gym.

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In our church ministries at Battle Ground Baptist, Jim cheered for High Schoolers, too!

When after High School, Jim worked for the church,

And even then, He was quick to search,

For ways to lead, High Schoolers to Him,

They saw their Youth Leader, Our Jim In The Gym.

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Jim Dunning really shined for Battle Ground High School…and the Lord Jesus!

For me, High Schoolers, Were out of my league,

Their hormones and antics, Gave me fatigue,

But that young man, Had a vision for Him,

Whether church, school or home, He’s our Jim In The Gym. ><>  😉

#1073 BGHS Jim Dunning 1969-70 001
In 1969 – 70, Elliott’s Tiger Cheer Squad even sported sharp-looking black & orange plaid!! 😉
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