“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Lake Charles High School Kilties


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April 12, 2018
1. Lake Charles High School Kilties Marker
Inscription.  The Lake Charles High School Kilties, Louisiana's first all-girl drill team, was widely known for its fast-stepping precision drills, its unique drum cadences and its tartan plaid uniforms. With the piercing trill of the Colonels' whistles and the command to "guide right, the drums rolled, the Kilties marched onto the field, and the wonderment began. All eyes were riveted on the perfect ranks wheeling into kaleidoscope formation. The 102-member group fascinated crowds at Wildcat football games, the Sugar and Cotton Bowls, Tulane University games; and countless festivals and parades.

Organized by Principal G. W. Ford, Beatrice Field and Grace Ulmer, the Kilties provided hundreds of young women the opportunity to express their Wildcat esprit de corps. The forty- four year existence of the Kilties made them one of the most enduring drill teams in the United States. The show on the field was a concrete depiction of those intrinsically American qualities of pride, loyalty, and spirit. The Kilties gave young women a means to convey their school's tradition of good citizenship, scholarships community service, honor and leaderships.

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By Cajun Scrambler, April 12, 2018
2. Lake Charles High School Kilties Marker
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Location. 30° 13.166′ N, 93° 13.095′ W. Marker is in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in Calcasieu Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Seventh Street and Bilbo Street, on the right when traveling west on Seventh Street. Located in the Lock Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Charles LA 70601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Charles Academy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lost Railroad Stations (approx. 0.3 miles away); Captain Daniel Johannes Goos (approx. half a mile away); Lake Charles 9/11 Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Christian Science (approx. 0.6 miles away); Majestic Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Arcade Theatre and Miller Building, the Paramount and the Weber Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Louisiana Baptist Orphanage (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Charles.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2018.

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