the tiger cage

Few schools in the nation hit the field with more of a flourish than the Tigers who exit their locker, ring the bell, and file into The Tiger Cage as the music plays.

When the cage doors open, the Tigers stalk their way onto the field led by one of the players carrying the team flag.

When the ball is teed up, the Tigers are ready to play!


the victory bell

The Victory Bell, currently located inside Tiger Stadium, has a long and traveled history. The bell dates back to 1902 and was located at Rena B. Wright High School on D Street in South Norfolk. when the school was torn down, the bell was placed in storage. In the 1960's, the Oscar F. Smith High School Key Club had the bell moved to the stadium on Rodgers Street. Key Club members began to ring the bell after every touchdown and victory. Over time, the bell was rung only after a Tiger football victory.

When the new school facility was built in 1994, the bell was moved to Tiger Stadium. The evolving tradition of ringing the bell after a Tiger victory expanded to other athletic teams.

Tiger players touch the bell whenever entering or exiting the field.

*This information was collected from The Oscar Smith 50th Anniversary booklet.

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tiger fight song

Onward Tigers, Onward Tigers,

March right down that line,

Take the ball right down the field,

For a touchdown sure is fine

Rah-Rah-Rah!

Onward Tigers, Onward Tigers,

Everybody Fight,

Fight, fight, with all your might

For Smith High School. -- Hey!


Alma mater

Hail to thee, our Alma Mater,

Loud we sing our praises of you.

Smith High School strong you stand

With all knowledge at your hand.

Always loyal, faithful, true,

All our love we pledge to you.

Alma Mater, stand forever

On Virginia's wondrous shores.

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beard - delong - easley field

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The Beard-DeLong-Easley Field was dedicated September 6, 1996, in honor of three All-American Athletes who graduated from Oscar F. Smith High School.

Edward Beard

While in high school, Mr. Beard received all-Tidewater, All-State, All-Eastern District, All-South, and All-American recognition. He attended the University of Tennessee and played on the 8th Army Team where he was selected as Outstanding Player.

Mr. Beard played professionally and coached for the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, and Detroit Lions as a linebacker coach and defensive coordinator. He received the Len Eshmont Award form the 49ers, presented to the most inspirational player. He was named Most Outstanding Athlete by the Norfolk Sports Club, Man of the Year by the Jaycees and was named to the All-Tidewater Golden Jubilee Team. 

Steven DeLong

While in high school, Mr. DeLong received All-Eastern District, All-Tidewater, All-State, All-Metropolitan, and All-American recognition. He attended the University of Tennessee where he received All-SEC recognition multiple times, All-American standing several times, and the Most Valuable Player Award.

Professionally, Mr. DeLong was the number one draft pick of the Chicago Bears (NFL) where he player for one year, and the San Diego Chargers (AFL) where he played for seven years. He was the Most Valuable Player for the San Diego Chargers. Mr. DeLong was named to the All-Tidewater Golden Jubilee Team.

Kenneth Easley

While in high school, Mr. Easley received All-Southeastern District, All-Tidewater, All-State, All-South, and All-American recognition. He attended UCLA where he was the first player in PAC-10 history to be named All-Conference for four years. He holds the UCLA career interceptions record with 19, the season record with 336 yards in punt returns as a junior, and was named the Most Valuable Player in both the Hula Bowl and the Japan Bowl.

Professionally, Mr. Easley received extensive honors. He was a first round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks, selected as the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year, First Team All-NFL, and All-AFC for several year, and the Seahawks Most Valuable Player for several years. Mr. Easley was named to the All-Tidewater Golden Jubilee Team. In 2017, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

*This information was collected from The Oscar Smith 50th Anniversary booklet.