The Jesuit Rangerettes are the drill and dance team that represents both Ursuline Academy and Jesuit Dallas. The team is comprised solely of students from Ursuline Academy. Founded in 1971, the Rangerettes entertained the crowd at Jesuit's home football games on Friday nights in the fall for over 20 years. In the late 1980s a culture change caused the team to fold and go into a hiatus.
In 1996, Linda Coffin, our current head director and Ursuline alumnae, Rangerette and Rangerette Captain, approached Jesuit administrators and proposed bringing the Rangerettes back. Not only did Linda bring her extensive dance, drill and teaching background to the table, but she and her family were established members of the Dallas Catholic community and knew what this type of organization could do for the community as well as for the girls who participated. Jesuit gave her the green light to restart the Rangerettes.
Since their restart, the Rangerettes have consistently dazzled Jesuit football fans at halftime and amazed judges at competitions in the spring always bringing home lots of hardware and swag. Like most drill teams, they perform at football and basketball games, attend contests as well as put on a spectacular year-end shows every spring where they showcase their best dancers, favorite routines and have a little fun with their freshmen dads.
That is where the similarities end.
The motto of the girls' school, Ursuline, is "serviam," which is latin for service. An Ursuline and Rangerettes alumna herself, Linda incorporates the strong serviam spirit so integral to the Ursuline experience in the Rangerette program by including an extensive community service aspect in the team's calendar. Under her leadership, the Rangerettes have used their visibility to reach out to our community in a variety of meaningful ways. Some of the places the Rangerettes can be seen serving is the Ronald McDonald House, Scottish Rite Hospital, Children's Medical Center and The Notre Dame School. Most recently they made blankets and collected items for Take Me Home Pet Rescue, one of DFW's largest animal rescue organizations. One of their favorite annual community service projects, along with the Jesuit Rugby team, is their "Trunk or Treat" safe Halloween event held in the Jesuit parking lot for the kids in the community.
Most importantly, the team and their directors have their priorities in order. Most of the other drill teams the Rangerettes see in competition practice every day, while the Rangerttes meet only 2 days a week and are still able to go "toe to toe" with them. Not only do the Rangerettes dance hard, they study hard. As Ursuline Academy is arguably one the the most academically challenging high schools in the state, the team members understand they must balance the demands of their academic load with their Rangerettes calendar. In spite of this, the Jesuit Rangerettes consistently are named the top academic team based on GPA at every competition they attend.
As busy as our Rangerettes are fulfilling their obligations to Ursuline, Jesuit and the Community, they are still able to accept invitations to perform at venues world-wide. Over the past years, the destinations have included Ireland, Walt Disney World and Superbowl XVL. The next destination? Who knows?