elementary school fight songs

Today Brian wrote about the advantages of the iTunes Music Store, including the fact that smaller, less-known artists can short cut the music industry machine and make their music available directly to the people. It made me think (loose association, I know) about my elementary school fight song(s). I actually had four elementary schools – one in Texas, one in North Carolina, and two in Las Vegas. When we first moved to Las Vegas, we lived for half a school year in apartments on the east side of town behind Sam’s Town. The apartments were on Jimmy Durante Blvd., and I went to J. M. Ullom elementary school.

Sometime while I was there we had to learn the fight song (what do elementary school kids fight?) which went like this:


J.M. Ullom, J.M. Ullom, The best in the west are we.
J.M. Ullom, J.M. Ullom, The best that we can be.
The principal, the teachers, The students, and the staff
We all work together, In reading, writing, math

And that’s where my memory fades and I can’t remember the rest. But I found it funny that when we moved across town to Doris Reed Elementary, the fight song was the same!


Doris Reed, Doris Reed, the best in the west are we
Doris Reed, Doris Reed, the best that we can be

And as I understand it, everyone who went to elementary school in the Clark County School District had the same fight song. What a scam.

But, what an opportunity for some artist out there, or a band that wants to do a cover. If anyone evers decides they want to sing the Clark County School District Elementary School Fight Song and sell it on the iTunes Music store, you know there will be a market for it, what with every kid who’s ever gone to school in Las Vegas knowing the song.

richard miller

12 thoughts on “elementary school fight songs

  1. Heather
    So today I was looking up an elementary school I had gone to when I was in 2nd and 3rd grade. I came across this post about living in apartments on Jimmy Durante street and going to JM Ullom. It was weird because I lived in apartments on that street and went to that same school. I thought perhaps we had crossed paths at some point and what a small world we live in!
  2. Kerry
    Well, as transitional as Vegas is, I moved to another elementary school after teaching 6 years at Ullom. I did write a school song, but moved before teaching it to anyone. This past year I worked with the kids at my new school to write a song there… totally original… There will always be a place in my heart for J. M. Ullom though.
  3. Kerry Dobranski
    Ha! I just googled “J.M.Ullom” for the fun of it and came across your blog – 3 years after it’s initiation! Yes, Ullom still exists and I’ve been the music teacher there for 4 years now! I was actually going to be a project of mine to rewrite the school song this summer. Let me know if you have any ideas!
  4. anastasiaStacey Pace
    I too went to JM Ullom 86′-91′ , I always thought that the music teacher made up the song. Now I know what a rip. Anyhow thanks for bringing back the memories of an easier time. And thanks for reminding me of how old I am.
  5. Jon
    COME ON ALONG AND HELP US SING OUR SONG WE’D LIKE TO SHOW YOU WHO WE ARE. iT’S OUR REQUEST THAT YOU CALL US JETS BECAUSE WE’RE THE BEST BY FAR. oUR TEACHERS ARE COOL WE DON’T BREAK THE RULES, WE’RE THE BEST KIDS IN SCHOOL, WE’RE THE “J” TEAM, THE “YAY” TEAM, WE’RE PROUD TO BE JT JETS, JT MCWILLIAMS JETS.
    (YELL) WE’RE JETS!!!!
  6. brooke
    i’m finally catching up on your blog and i thought i’d add my fight song since it’s surprisingly original:

    reading wranglers are the best,
    of at the kids that live out west.
    we’re willing and ready to pass the test,
    reading wranglers are the best!

  7. Shaun DeVore
    Well, well, well. I can’t believe you two remember the Dorris Reed Fight song. Thats kinda sad. I didn’t/still can’t remember it. but the good ol’ days back then. Where rich first introduced me to the internet/bulletin boards/computer games one day after cub scouts. I still remember your old house and how cool i thought it was. Thanks for reminding me of the memories and giving me some good ones.
  8. Jim
    I find this funny because what if the schools competed in a football match or something and all you heard was ” … the best in the west are we…” from both sides of the field.
  9. Alan Miller
    The last half of the fight song:

    …our school is the greatest, we’ll shout it loud and clear,
    Doris Reed Roadrunners, let’s give a cheer!
    “Doris Reed, Doris Reed, all the way!”
    “Doris Reed, Doris Reed, hurrrrrrAY!!”, we are from

    Doris Reed, Doris Reed, the best in the west are…

    Then it just repeats. I think we used to have to sing it like three times in a row, because elementary school kids can never have too much school spirit. Most of us probably had our fingers up our nose through all three rounds.

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