Dan O'Rourke, Associate Professor Communication Studies, has co-authored a book with his son, Morgan Bostdorff O'Rourke. A Good Town Speaking Well is a history of the Wooster High School Speech and Debate team. For over one hundred years the Wooster forensic team has excelled in local, state, and national competition. Wooster High School has qualified students to the National Forensic League championship tournament 63 times, more than any public or private high school in the nation. This is a story of the students, coaches, teachers, parents, and community that supported this unique co-curricular activity. The co-authors interviewed former members of the team dating back to the 1940s as well as conducting archival research in National Forensic League records, Ohio High School Speech archives, and the Wayne County Genealogical Library.
A launch party will be held at the Wooster Book Company, 205 West Liberty Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691 on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. Through a special arrangement with The Wooster Book Company, www.woosterbook.com, twenty percent of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Wooster High School speech and debate team.