St. Paul's School (Covington, Louisiana)

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Saint Paul's School
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"Rise Up, O Men of God."
Address
917 South Jahncke Avenue
Covington, Louisiana, (St. Tammany Parish), 70433
United States
Coordinates 30°28′4.26″N 90°6′19.19″W / 30.4678500°N 90.1053306°W / 30.4678500; -90.1053306Coordinates: 30°28′4.26″N 90°6′19.19″W / 30.4678500°N 90.1053306°W / 30.4678500; -90.1053306
Information
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Saint Paul
Established 1911
Founded 1911
Opened 1911
School code 190-590
President Brother Raymond Bulliard
Dean Ken Sears
Principal Trevor Watkins
Grades 812
Gender Male
Age range 12yr to 18yr
Color(s) Royal Blue and Gold         
Slogan "The Strength of The Wolf is The Pack."
Mascot Wolves
Team name The Wolves
Rival Covington High School Mandeville High School Fontainebleau High School Slidell High School Ponchatoula High School Northshore High School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper The Paper Wolf
Yearbook The Conifer
Alumni Saint Paul’s School Alumni Association
Athletic Director Craig Ketelson
Public Relations Karen Herbert
Alumni Director Al Nastasi
Business Manager Jo Sutherlin
Development Secretary Danielle Lavie
School Receptionist Janet McRae
Website

Saint Paul's School is a private all-boys Lasallian high school, located in Covington, Louisiana just to the north of New Orleans, United States. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, the school is run by the Christian Brothers and is one of the 1,000 Lasallian schools in more than 80 countries. It is part of 300 years of history originating from the founding of the Christian Brother Schools by Saint Jean Baptiste de La Salle.

History[edit]

In 1904, a group of residents of the Covington area banded together to fund the building of a new public school. After acquiring a tract of land and building a one-story, 2 bedroom building, the school, called Dixon Academy, opened in 1907. The school failed to attract enough students to remain viable.

In 1911, the school property was sold to the Benedictines of nearby Saint Joseph Abbey. The school was renamed St. Paul's, and reopened in September, 1911, with only 48 students. However, its reputation for academic excellence spread quickly, and by the end of the first session, enrollment numbered 70 boarders and 30 day students.

Meanwhile, nineteen French Christian Brothers had emigrated to Louisiana from France and Mexico, having been exiled for political reasons. After purchasing the school from the Benedictines, the brothers devoted themselves to the school, "not only teaching and guiding their students, but also staffing the school as carpenters, painters, plumbers, electricians, and yardmen.".[2]

Although St. Paul's originally taught students only at high school level, it grew to encompass middle and elementary levels; this continued into the 1950s. However, by the 1960s there were enough other schools in the area to allow St. Paul's to begin to eliminate the younger grades, with the intention of focusing on a college preparatory curriculum. By the late 1970s, the school had a six-year program, 7th-12th grades. The 1981-82 year was the final session with a 7th grade class, and the school continues a five-year program to this day.

The original Dixon Academy building (known as Dixon Hall on campus) had long been supplanted by other buildings, but remained standing and used for storage. In November 1981, during Thanksgiving break, the building burned to the ground; a forensic investigation determined old electrical wiring to be the cause. Using bricks from the original structure, a patio/garden area was created on the site, and dubbed "Founders' Circle".

The last of the original 19 brothers, Bro. Charles Crouzet, remained living on campus, although retired from teaching, until his death in 1985. A statue of Jesus was erected in Founders' Circle and dedicated to Bro. Charles in honor of his faithful devotion to the school and God.

As a boarding school, St. Paul's was able to accommodate students from a wide geographic area; over the years, students from Central and South America, France, Greece, Russia, Korea, and Japan attended. However, due to a general decline in boarders, the increasing expense of housing residents, and the prospect of overhauling a dormitory which was in disrepair, St. Paul's converted to an all day-student program beginning with the 2003-2004 school year.

As of the 2008-2009 school year, St. Paul's boasted attendance of over 800, the largest in its history.

In 2011, St. Paul's celebrated its centennial birthday with a yearlong series of parades, reunions, and other events.

The Lasalle Hall dormitory was originally built as a two-wing building in 1964, with a third central wing added in 1970. In 2010-2011, the center wing (which had deteriorated beyond repair) was removed, and the remaining space underwent a full renovation and conversion into classroom space as the new Math and Science building. The building also houses the Air Force JROTC rooms and the Mothers' Club bookstore. In the central courtyard, a set of pillars was added with plaques for each of the Lasallian Core Principles. The first day of classes in the renovated space was January 9, 2012.

Spiritual Life[edit]

As a Lasallian school, St. Paul's is committed to the educational philosophy of Jean-Baptiste de la Salle. The school's website states that this means teachers "...are called to touch hearts by the power of God's Spirit...to build on the affection that the children have....to draw them to God who loves them."[3] The Office of Campus Ministry is charged with ensuring that this vision is expressed in the lives of students and faculty at St. Paul's school.

Retreats and Prayer[edit]

Students in every year group participate in a retreat suited to their level, with the seniors taking part in a 3 day retreat. Throughout the school year, the St. Paul's community comes together for the celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) during which students proclaim the Scriptures and help distribute Holy Communion. All classes begin with prayer or reflection, using the following invocation:
Leader: Let us remember...that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
Response: I will continue...O my God, to do all my actions for the love of you.
Leader: St. Paul our Patron...
Response: Pray for us!
Leader: St. John Baptist de La Salle...
Response: Pray for us!
Leader: St. Benilde...
Response: Help us to do ordinary things extraordinarily well!
Leader: Servant of God brother James Miller
Response: Help us make courageous choices
Leader: live Jesus in our hearts...
Response: Forever!

Community Service[edit]

Embracing the Catholic Church's preferential option for the poor and acting on the Lasallian Core Principle of "Concern for the Poor and Social Justice", students at St. Paul's are required to complete a minimum of 10 service hours each academic year; chores, service or work done for family members do not count towards fulfilling this requirement. Many students choose to volunteer at nursing homes, food banks, or other similar charity organizations.

Activities and Clubs[edit]

  • LA-041 Air Force JROTC
  • Big Brother
  • Bowling Club
  • Close-Up
  • Computer Club
  • Drama (Marian Players) (Director Denny Charbonnet)
  • Environmental Science Club
  • French Club
  • Guerrilla Wolves Video Club
  • Habitat Club
  • Level Retreats
  • Lasallian Youth Leaders
  • Marching Band (Marching Wolves)
  • Morpheus Club
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Pirate Club
  • Quiz Bowl
  • School Dances
  • School Newspaper (The Paper Wolf)
  • Spanish Club
  • Sea Perch
  • The Society of St. Gregory the Great
  • Student Council
  • Student Hosts
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Winging It
  • Yearbook (The Conifer)
  • Young Lawyers Club
  • Fitness Club
  • Dumbledore's Army
  • Shell Eco Marathon

Athletics[edit]

The St. Paul's School offers many options for students to play sports on both JV and Varsity levels. Many of their sports programs have gone on to win district and state titles. **The first state title in school history was won in 1991 by the tennis team. Below is a list of the sports programs the school offers.

  • Baseball - Coached by Mr. Mick Nunez '88.
  • Basketball - Coached by Mr. Phil Williams.
  • Bowling- Moderated by Ms. Christina Difilippantonio-Jolley. Stephen Neal bowled the only perfect game in school history on February 9, 2007.
  • Cross Country - Coached by Mr. Teryl Chatham; moderated by Mrs. Myrle Wiggins. The team won 4 consecutive state championships in 98',99',00',01. Top runners on those teams include Pat Gavin, Jimmy Wiggins, Chris Mediamolle, Doug Fields, and Carl Franzella. In 2011 the team placed 3rd in the LHSAA State Championships and in 2012 were the state runners-up, led by Kraemer Jackson '14 and Zachary Albright '14.
  • Football - Coached by Dean of Students Ken Sears.
  • Golf - Coached by Mr. Luke Barwick.
  • In-Line Hockey - Moderated by Mr. Paul Scoriels.
  • Lacrosse - Coached by Mr. Austin Speni. District Champion 2012.
  • Powerlifting: Coached by 12-time World Record Holder Mr. Jesse Kellum. The team won the 2012 LHSAA State Championship.
  • Soccer - Coached by Mr. Sean Moser. The team beat Jesuit-New Orleans in the 2011 State Championship, with the game-winning goal scored by Will Gutterman '12.[4] The team ended as runner up to Jesuit in the 2012 State Championship.
  • Swimming- Coached by Mr. Bill Babcock. Colin Babcock '10 won two individual state championships in 2009.
  • Tennis - Coached by Brother Ken Boesch. Trey Glorioso and Jimmy Dunn won the regional and state title in 1991 (15-0) and 1992 (13-1).
  • Track and Field - Coached by Mr. Al Nastasi. The team won their first 7-5A District Championship in 2012.
  • Ultimate Frisbee - Coached by Mr. Mark Richards '72. The team calls itself the Dire Wolf.
  • Wrestling - Coached by Mr. Craig Ketelsen. Marc Schroeder and Jason Pelloat won individual state titles in 1992. Korey Miller, Norman Faucheux and Lee Morgan won individual state titles in 2009. in 2012, Connor Campo '13 was named an All-American and both Campo and David Englehardt '13 won individual state titles.

Buildings[edit]

  • Benilde Hall: a three-story building currently housing the Religion and Foreign Language Departments on the 1st and 3rd floors, respectively, with the Library and Computer Labs on the second floor.
  • Main School Building: a two-story building housing the Records/Attendance Offices and classrooms for English and Social Sciences on the first floor and Science and Social Sciences on the second floor. The second floor is also home to the school's science laboratory.
  • La Salle Hall: originally used as a dormitory building, but after major renovations in 2011, the building now features over 30,000 square feet of academic space. This building houses the Air Force JROTC, Art, and Guidance Departments on the first floor in addition to the Mothers' Club Bookstore and work space for the Shell Eco-Car Marathon Team.
  • Briggs Assembly Center: used for campus ministry, graduation performances, fund raisers, school functions, etc.
  • The Gene Bennet Sports Complex: basketball court, wrestling room, weight room, locker room, trainer's office, coach's office
  • Alumni Memorial Theater
  • Guidance Office Building
  • Cafeteria
  • Horack Pavilion
  • Wolf Dome
  • Art Building
  • Maintenance Building
  • Chapel
  • Brother's Residence
  • Administration Building
  • Band Building
  • Hunter Stadium

Associated Schools[edit]

St. Scholastica Academy (Sister school)

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Ernest Angelo, Texas Businessman and Politician.
  • Ian Somerhalder, Actor and Model.
  • Andy Cannizaro, Former Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Cleveland Indians.
  • Ryan Schimpf, Major League Baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jay's Double A Minor League baseball team.
  • Nilo Silvan, Former Nation Football League player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • George Boudreaux, founder of Boudreaux's Butt Paste

References[edit]

  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ "A Lasallian School" St. Paul's Academic Regulations, StPauls.com. Accessed January 3, 2008.
  3. ^ Admissions
  4. ^ http://photos.nola.com/nolaphotos/2011/02/division_i_boys_soccer_state_c_26.html

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