THE RIVALRY

 

In 1906, East High School was opened and provided Steele with their most The Rivalrycelebrated rival.  When the school’s new building was completed in 1908 the school’s name was changed from East to Stivers High School.  The Steele-Stivers series began on September 28, 1907 when Steele handed East (young Stivers to-be team a 38-0 beating).  The newspaper reported a crowd of only 400 on that Saturday afternoon.  Eventually the series attained the status of a classic and became an annual Thanksgiving Day attraction climaxing the high school season.  Steele rolled just as easily in 1908 with a 43-0 victory and won again in 1909 by a more respectable score of 16-6.  What made the series memorable for the community was the excitement stirred up by the student bodies of both schools.  The Steele lion, the bronze statue of the King of the Jungle (now resides on the property of the Dayton Art Institute), which stood by the steps of the architecturally classic old Steele building at Main and Monument, was often painted orange overnight in the week before the game.  By the same token, the Stivers building would find itself festooned with red and black streamers.  Also, in 1909 was the first city league basketball game played between Steele-Stivers.  Steele won the game by a score of 16-10.  Stivers scored its first initial win over Steele in 1910, and was enroute to three decades of overall excellence in football, basketball and other sports.  Stivers-Steele wound up playing three times in 1911, splitting the first two games, but the Tiger went on to win their first City Basketball Championship that year by a score of 27-18 in a game played at Lakeside.

FOOTBALL SCORES

 

1907    Steele 38         Stivers 0

1908    Steele 45         Stivers 0

1909    Steele 16         Stivers 6

1910    Stivers 13        Steele 0

1911    Stivers 12        Steele 0

1912    Steele 7           Stivers 7

1913    Stivers 13        Steele 7

1914    Steele 9           Stivers 7

1915    Stivers 44        Steele 0

1916    Stivers 27        Steele 10

1917    Stivers 0          Steele 0

1918    Steele 10         Stivers 6

1919    Steele 33         Stivers 0

1920    Steele 28         Stivers 0

1921    Steele 26         Stivers 6

1922    Steele 0           Stivers 0

1923    Stivers 8          Steele 6

1924    Stivers 49        Steele 0

1925    Stivers 28        Steele 0

1926    Stivers 6          Steele 0

1927    Stivers 13        Steele 0

1928    Stivers 13        Steele 0

1929    Stivers 25        Steele 0

1930    Stivers 6          Steele 0

1931    Stivers 19        Steele 0

1932    Stivers 6          Steele 0

1933    Steele 9           Stivers 0

1934    Stivers 26        Steele 0

1935    Steele 6           Stivers 0

1936    Steele 7           Stivers 0

1937    Stivers 13        Steele 6

1938    Stivers 32        Steele 0

1939    Stivers 13        Steele 0