Saint Stanislaus College

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Saint Stanislaus College Prep
Saint Stanislaus Prep School
Saint Stanislaus College logo.jpg
Address
304 South Beach Boulevard
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, (Hancock County), 39520
United States
Coordinates 30°18′24″N 89°19′44″W / 30.30667°N 89.32889°W / 30.30667; -89.32889Coordinates: 30°18′24″N 89°19′44″W / 30.30667°N 89.32889°W / 30.30667; -89.32889
Information
Type Private, Day & Boarding school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1854
Grades 713
Gender Boys
Color(s) Red and Black         
Mascot Rock-A-Chaw Saint Stanislaus College Rock-a-Chaw.jpg
Nickname Rocks
Rival Bay High
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Eclipse (Literary Magazine)
Yearbook Reflections (Editor in Chief - Ryan Joachim)
Affiliation Brothers of the Sacred Heart
Website

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".

History[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

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.[2] 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).

Saint Stanislaus College and neighborhood September 11, 2005, showing hurricane damage

Athletics[edit]

The Saint Stanislaus College Rock-A-Chaws field teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, powerlifting, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field.

Rock-a-chaw mascot[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". 
  2. ^ "Hurricane Katrina Related Damages to Public Libraries in Mississippi" (list), Mississippi Library Commission, September 2005, webpage: ALA-Katrina

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