As a college focused on non-traditional adult learners, sports teams have never been the core focus of Peirce. However, when Peirce moved to 1420 Pine Street nearly 100 years ago, the building contained several athletic facilities which spawned an era of Peirce Athletics. Tennis great Bill Tilden honed his skills on the rooftop tennis courts during his time at Peirce, and would go on to win singles championships at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.
|1938 Tennis Team|
|Peirce vs. Temple|
|1930's Women's Basketball|
In the early years Peirce was a two-year college, so the “Peirce Unicorns” would play intermural matches as well as the freshmen teams of area colleges, universities and prep schools. The men’s basketball team won the City College League Championship in 1928. In addition to the regular teams, teams made up of war veterans competed in a league organized by the Veteran’s Bureau. Peirce athletes were cheered on with two fighting chants created in the 1920’s:
Zip, Zap, Zee
We Mean Biz!
Peirce continued to host basketball and baseball teams through the 1980’s.