Ray Schoenke – Attended Davenies late 1940’s to early 1950’s

I attended Davenies School for two years in the late 40s and early 50s, arriving from the US during my second grade year with my military family. I was fascinated with English culture, although I was a little awkward with finger sandwiches and tea and had absolutely no idea how to use a fork. Horseback riding English style was a brand new experience as well. As an eight-year-old, I was still increasing my English vocabulary, and suddenly I was immersed in Latin and French, which I did very poorly in. I was also studying World Geography at Davenies, and I learned very quickly that the sun never set on the British Empire. I majored in World History at college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where I made the Dean’s list.

At Davenies, although academically challenged, I excelled in swimming, boxing, rugby, and cricket. After returning to America, I never did learn French and Latin, but I did continue to excel in sports, eventually becoming an Academic All-American football player. I subsequently had a twelve year NFL career as a professional football player. While I was a football player, I developed a finance and insurance business with clients in both the mainland US and in Hawaii. I also travelled to England a number of times on business to work with Lloyds of London.

I eventually sold my business and travelled extensively with my wife, who passed away a few years ago. My travels did improve my knowledge of World Geography, as I visited Africa, the South Pacific, Mexico, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and China. I am about to publish my memoir, “Fat Girl Sings: Discovering, Embracing, and Leveraging Racial Identity on the Football Field, in Business, and in Life”, in which I depict my struggles to develop my racial identity as a Native American Polynesian athlete growing up in racially segregated America, which will be available on Amazon Books in the upcoming months. Ray Schoenke

Davenies SchoolPizza and Movie Night for Senior School