Hi-Y Clubs, Tri-Hi-Y Clubs, Jr. Hi-Y Clubs, Jr Tri-Hi-Y Clubs, Soph-Y Clubs, Jr. Hi-Y Clubs, Tri-Gra-Y Clubs

Sponsor: YMCA

The well established YMCA program aimed at school-aged children had it's roots in early YMCA youth programs. The term Hi-Y  was first officially used in 1927, but the YMCA had been active  with youths since the 1850s. Hi-Y stands for High School YMCA and was for boys only.


Tri-Hi-Y (the female version) started soon after the Hi-Y program. "Tri" comes from the Triangle Girls Clubs. Now the Hi-Y program is co-ed.

Other programs, such as Jr. Hi-Y and Jr. Tri-Hi-Y (Junior High School ages), Gra-Y and Tri-Gra-Y (grade school ages) were also developed but no longer seem to exist.


The purpose of the Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y clubs are to CREATE, MAINTAIN and EXTEND to the fullest capacity of one’s ability, throughout the home, school and community, HIGH STANDARDS OF MORAL CHARACTER through improvement, brother/sisterhood, equality, and service in High Schools.

Chenille Sweater Emblem

Embroidered Sweater Emblem

Hi-Y Felt Pennant

Traditional Hi-Y Pin

Modern Cross Hi-Y design

Ruby at top

Pearls & Rubies

Blue Hi-Y pin with Treasurer Guard Pin

Unusual Hi-Y pin design with "E" Guard Pin

Yellow Hi-Y pin

Keystone shaped Hi-Y pin

Unusual round Hi-Y pin

Tradition Hi-Y pin with 1 ruby and 4 pearls, and banner-style guard pin with J/P or J/R engraved

Canadian Hi-Y pin?

Possibly a Leader Hi-Y pin

Silver Hi-Y pin

Hi-Y pin with a hand holding a torch 

Brown Hi-Y pin

Teal Hi-Y pin

Pearl Hi-Y pin

Traditional Hi-Y Pin with a 48 Guard pin

Hi-Y Tie Clip

Traditional Tri-Hi-Y Pin

Tri-Hi-Y Pin with beveled edges

Leader Tri-Hi-Y pin

Blue Tri-Hi-Y pin with the Hi-Y pin design in the center

Unmarked pin with hand holding a torch, possibly Tri-Hi-Y  or Hi-Y

Tri-Hi-Y pin with the traditional

Hi-Y design in the center

and red border

Traditional Tri-Hi-Y Pin with 1955 Guard Pin

Tri-Hi-Y Felt Pennant

Chenille Sweater Emblem

Embroidered Patch

Silver Tri-Hi-Y Leader pin with a 55 Guard Pin

Beanie with a Tri-Hi-Y patch

Blank center Try-Hi-Y pin with "40" Guard Pin

Soph Hi-Y pin with TVHS Guard Pin


Jr Hi-Y pin


Jr Hi-Y pin


Jr Hi-Y pin


Jr Tri-Hi-Y pin

Tri-Gra-Y pin

Gra-Y Button

Jr Hi-Y pin using the Hi-Y design

A combination Hi-Y & Tri-Hi Y pin for Salem.



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