Formed in 1936, the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) is an organization of junior and senior high school students sponsored by the American Classical League. Composed of local and state/provincial chapters across the United States, Canada, and Australia, it is the largest Classical organization in the world today with over 50,000 members. Its purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity.


A lot of what JCL is about is in the Creed and Song. To remind JCLers about that, the National Officers recite both at each General Assembly at the National Convention. Latin students everywhere are joined in a friendly organization that extends across the world. The purpose, in addition to learning and appreciating the classics, includes making lasting friendships and encouraging individual growth.

NJCL Song (The Purple and Gold)
Dave Clements, Max Spires, Mrs. R. G. Frazier
Revised by Mrs. B. H. Norveson

Seeking the best, the highest our goal
Working for greatness through glories of old.
Searching the realms of the golden past,
We follow the classics’ truths that last

In knowledge, truth, and fellowship, we’re growing everyday
The friendly hand of J. C. L. aids in every way.

In Rome’s proud steps we’re marching on,
with every true colleague,

And for ever we’ll hold to the Purple and Gold,
of the Junior Classical League.


The Official NJCL Creed

We the members of the Junior Classical League, covenant to hand on the torch of classical civilization in the modern world.

We believe an acquaintance with the civilization of Greece and Rome will help us understand and appraise this world of today,

Which is indebted to the ancient civilization in its government and laws, literature, language and arts.

We affirm the JCL experience develops responsibility, fosters brotherhood, promotes enthusiasm, encourages competition, inspires dedication and enriches our total growth.


Cascadia JCL Constitution

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