Archbishop Shaw High School

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Archbishop Shaw High School
1000 Barataria Boulevard
Marrero, Louisiana 70072
United States
Coordinates 29°53′32″N 90°6′13″W / 29.89222°N 90.10361°W / 29.89222; -90.10361Coordinates: 29°53′32″N 90°6′13″W / 29.89222°N 90.10361°W / 29.89222; -90.10361
Type Private
Motto Excelsior
(Ever Striving, Ever Achieving)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Established August 19, 1962
Founder Archbishop Joseph Rummel
School number 504-340-6727
President Fr. Louis Molinelli, SDB
Dean Mark Williams
Principal Fr. Louis Molinelli, SDB
Staff 55
Grades 812
Gender All-Boys
Average class size 19
Student to teacher ratio 13:1
Campus size 72 acres
Color(s) Green and White         
Athletics conference Louisiana High School Athletic Association District 10-5A
Mascot Eagle
Team name Eagles
Rival Archbishop Rummel High School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper The Eagle Times
Yearbook The Talon
Athletic Director Tom Alef

Archbishop Shaw High School is an Archdiocesan school administered under the Salesians of St. John Bosco. It is approved by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Founded in 1962, it is located in Marrero, Louisiana, and is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.


Shaw Heritage

Archbishop John W. Shaw, whose leadership of the Archdiocese New Orleans ran from 1918-1934, had a special interest in the Catholic community of the West Bank. During this time many churches and schools were founded. In that time, Hope Haven Institute, an orphanage and foster home for boys was founded and the Salesians of St. John Bosco were asked to staff it. The mission of the Salesians is to serve the poor and the young through the Preventive System of St. John Bosco in light of the Gospel and Jesus Christ. In 1962 Archbishop Joseph Rummel of New Orleans dedicated a new high school on the West Bank and named it in honor of Archbishop Shaw. The school was built on the same 70 acre plot of land that was used by Hope Haven.

The Rev. Paul Avallone, SDB was the school’s founding principal. Originally, only a small complex was built to meet the needs of the developing West Bank. Every year the school continued to grow in both admissions and infrastructure. Shaw has always provided an environment that is conducive to the student’s spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and moral growth.

Shaw Today

Archbishop Shaw High School has grown in the past 50 years to contain 4 academic buildings, 4 sport facilities (football, soccer, baseball, and wrestling), as well as a swimming pool. Further additions/changes are planned for the school; stadium lights for the baseball stadium and a new football field to replace the current practice field. Technology has been brought in to help with the learning environment, such as Smart Boards in classrooms and Chromebooks for student use.

While Archbishop Shaw High School is the only school for boys on the West Bank, it also attracts students from all over Southeast Louisiana.

Alma Mater[edit]

Near the banks of Old Man River, rising grandly there, stand the halls of Shaw forever gleaming bright and fair. See her glory, sing to praise her. Shaw will know we care. Brave her men proud to remember days of honor there.

Points of Interest[edit]

  • The Class of 2015 boasted three Salutatorians
  • 1:1 Chromebook/student to use in school and at home
  • Shaw has the largest Catholic High School campus in the city of New Orleans - 72 acres
  • 75% of the student population is involved in at least one club or sport
  • 13:1 student/teacher ratio
  • All students must complete a minimum amount of service hours before graduating

Notable alumni[edit]

John F. Ales (1966), Baton Rouge attorney, former Secretary of Natural Resources for Louisiana

Chris Roberts- Jefferson Parish Councilman at Large

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 

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