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Community Service University
By Sima Thorpe
The Martin Luther King Day holiday is a reminder and opportunity for all Americans to celebrate a commitment to service and social justice.  Indeed, MLK Day is a national "day on, not a day off" for many who will roll up their sleeves to help their neighborhoods and communities.  At Gonzaga we celebrate our own commitment to service and social justice through our mission to create "men and women for others" with a "thirst for justice." 
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Women's Basketball: GU vs. USD

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Men's Basketball: GU vs Pepperdine

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Cardoner Retreat in Wallace, ID

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Men's Basketball: GU vs Saint Mary's College

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Gonzaga History
Gonzaga University vs. Washington State College, 1923. The person blocking in front of the ball carrier is Houston Stockton, John Stockton’s grandfather. Text and image provided by Gonzaga University Archives.
The Ups, Downs of Gonzaga Football
Football began at Gonzaga in 1892, but was banned from 1901-07 for fear of players getting hurt. Protection back then was limited. Restored in 1919, the start-up team won all four of its game, defeating Montana School of Mines 41-7, Whitman College 38-0, Idaho 13-7, and Oregon Agricultural College 50-0.

In May 1920, Gonzaga hired former star University of Notre Dame quarterback Charles E. “Gus” Dorais as coach and athletic director. Despite enrollment of about 100 students, Gonzaga’s hiring of a nationally recognized coach was not unique. Nationwide, other universities had begun to emphasize athletics as a co-curricular activity to academics.

Dorais engineered a passing offense that led his teams to 20 wins in 36 games over the next five years. Gonzaga gained national attention on Christmas Day 1922 when it played the University of West Virginia, one of the country’s best teams at the time, in the inaugural East-West Bowl. The Bulldogs lost that San Diego bowl game 21-13. Afterward, scheduling other games was no longer difficult. Dorais left Gonzaga in 1924 to coach at the University of Detroit. However, the national attention opened doors for more aggressive scheduling in future years. Gonzaga sent 23 players onto professional football, including two, Ray Flaherty and Tony Canadeo, who were inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Football was dropped for good at Gonzaga in 1941 at the beginning of World War II. Area businessmen tried to raise money to resurrect the program in 1946, but Jesuit priests put the kibosh on the plan when they learned the money was being raised through pull-tab profits.