Saint Stanislaus College
|Saint Stanislaus College Prep
Saint Stanislaus Prep School
|304 South Beach Boulevard
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, (Hancock County), 39520
|Type||Private, Day & Boarding school|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Eclipse (Literary Magazine)|
|Yearbook||Reflections (Editor in Chief - Ryan Joachim)|
|Affiliation||Brothers of the Sacred Heart|
St. Stanislaus College (SSC) is a Catholic day and boarding school for boys in grades 7-12. It is owned and operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart order.
It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi. The institution is named after Saint Stanislaus Kostka. It takes in day students from grades 7-12 and boarding students from grades 7-12. It was founded in 1854 by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Some famous alumni include 1945 Heisman trophy winner Doc Blanchard and Stephen Peterman formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, and now with the Detroit Lions. The school mascot is the "Rock-A-Chaw".
In 1855 the Brothers of the Sacred Heart bought land for the foundation of a boarding school. Two years previously Brothers Basile Venable, Leo Maligne, and Joseph Deimer came to Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi from France to teach in the boy's parish school fulfilling the desire of Father Stanislaus Buteux of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. In late 1854 the Father petitioned superior general of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart (Brother Polycarp) for more teachers that a boarding school could be started. In response Brothers Eusebe Gulonnier, Ephrem Flechet and George Leydier were sent.
The land bought by the brothers cost $4000. The first school building built on this land cost $3800. The school was named after Father Stanislaus and was placed under the protection of Saint Stanislaus Kostka as he is the patron saint of youth. The first president of the school was Brother Athanasius.
When the Civil War erupted a few years later, some of the students left to join the army. At least one student was forcibly brought back by his mother. This student would later write to his mother complaining of his classmates' cursing, drinking, and other immoral activities. Before the war was over, the Union army arrived in Bay Saint Louis marching down the road between SSC and the present day all-girl school across the street. The street was named Union Street in remembrance which leads to quite a few jokes about the street being aptly named. In exchange for the school and church being left alone, the brothers and father promised to pray for the Union soldiers.
Camp Stanislaus is a summer camp that has been in business since 1928. The camp hosts many different activities, including: sailing, water-skiing, archery, rifles, hobbies, kayaks, canoes, baseball, dances, swimming, gym, tennis, basketball, pool, go-carts, art, weightlifting, volleyball, marine science, math, bonfires, fishing, movies, soccer, barbecues, skit nights, football, reading, karaoke, shows, beach activities, digital photography, and much more.
- Felix "Doc" Blanchard - 1942 graduate who led the 1941 football team to an undefeated season and the Gulf Coast Championship; 1945 Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and James E. Sullivan Award winner (All 3 trophies are on display at St. Stanislaus); inducted into the College Football Hall of fame in 1959.
- Stephen Peterman - 2000 graduate who played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions.
- Marchmont "Marchy" Schwartz - 1927 graduate who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974; former football coach at Stanford University; member of the 1931 College Football All-America Team; starting running back at University of Notre Dame from 1929 to 1930; was a two-time all-American under legendary football coach Knute Rockne.
- Jacob Lindgren - 2011 graduate who was a second round pick of the New York Yankees out of Mississippi State University
Hurricane Katrina had a huge impact on Saint Stanislaus and its surrounding neighborhood. Katrina destroyed many buildings, including the first floor and dormitories of Saint Stanislaus. The school was closed for two months. Saint Stanislaus, along with its next door neighbor Our Lady Academy, an all-girl Biloxi dioscean Catholic school, resumed classes together on November 1, 2005 and operated jointly for the remainder of the 2005-2006 school year. Both schools suffered damage in Hurricane Katrina with Our Lady Academy being forced to knock down one of its buildings. In August 2006, Our Lady Academy resumed operations on its own campus, sharing some classes with Saint Stanislaus as it had done prior to Hurricane Katrina. Since 2005, Saint Stanislaus has renovated most of its campus buildings including its famous 1,000 foot fishing pier (2010), a new band hall (2007), a new cafeteria (2010), remodeled gym (2006), remodeled rec halls, classrooms and offices (2014), remodeled dormitory (2014 and in progress), and remodeled baseball and football fields (2013 & 2014).
Rock-a-chaw comes from an old Choctaw Indian word meaning devil grass and today is also known as sandbur (Cenchrus L.). Several species are common in the area, especially coastal sandbur. "Rock-a-chaw" was the name give to the hard, spiny, globose or oval bur of the plant. It is covered with stiff spines, which stick to fur and clothing and can be quite difficult to extract. The burs can also be quite painful when landed on such as during football games. They littered the playing fields and campus before these areas were tilled and seeded with grass. During sporting events, it was not uncommon for the students to do their best to remove the many burs from the playing fields where the prickly weeds grew in the sandy soil that is common for the Gulf Coast area. Sometimes students would drag blankets made of wool across the fields. Because the rock-a-chaws had small spikes, they clung to the wool. This aided in quicker removal of the rock-a-chaws from the playing fields.
- SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement".
- "Hurricane Katrina Related Damages to Public Libraries in Mississippi" (list), Mississippi Library Commission, September 2005, webpage: ALA-Katrina
- Athletics page
- Camp Stanislaus
- Private Schools Report
- Wayne's Word Noteworthy Plant For April 1998: The Remarkable Cocklebur
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plants Profile: Cenchrus Spinifex Cav. (coastal sandbur)
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plants Profile: Cenchrus Tribuloides L. (sanddune sandbur)
- Forbes, Andrew E., "Spines and Natural History of Three Cenchrus Species", American Midland Naturalist, Vol. 153, No. 1 (Jan., 2005), pp. 80–86. Published by: The University of Notre Dame.