New Hall of Fame Inductee: Orson Pratt Huish

Submitted by david.rockwood on Tue, 09/07/2021 - 09:19
Orson Pratt Huish

Payson High School is pleased to announce the induction of Orson Pratt Huish into the PHS Sports Hall of Fame as a Special Contributor to our deep athletics legacy. Mr. Huish is the musician who composed our school song. 

Though he was born out east, he and his family moved to the Utah Territory in 1861 while he was still a child, and they set­tled in Pay­son. Here, he worked in farm­ing and ranch­ing as a youth. In 1880, Orson formed the Hu­ish Band with his bro­thers Ed­ward, Jo­seph, Frank, James, and Fred­er­ick, and their sister Flor­ette. They tra­veled through­out the Utah Ter­ri­to­ry, per­form­ing for dances.

Orson Huish wrote ov­er 300 songs, including several that are found in the hymnbook of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We honor him at Payson High School for composing our school song, “The Sil­ver and the Green.” For over 100 years, tens of thousands of PHS youth have sung his inspiring words. We invite everyone to “Come and join us, come and join us” because “We are marching on to victory everyday!”

See the complete lyrics and sheet music at the PHS website. We recognized Mr. Huish's contributions at last Friday's football game. Receiving the Hall of Fame certificate on behalf of the Huish family was Dawna Stewart, Orson's great grand niece. To see and read the complete Hall of Fame profile of Mr. Huish, click here.