Catholic High School (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

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Catholic High School
CHS Logo Baton Rouge, LA.png
855 Hearthstone Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
United States
Coordinates30°26′27″N 91°9′23″W / 30.44083°N 91.15639°W / 30.44083; -91.15639Coordinates: 30°26′27″N 91°9′23″W / 30.44083°N 91.15639°W / 30.44083; -91.15639
TypePrivate, All-Boys
MottoAmetur Cor Jesu
(Loved be the Heart of Jesus)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic,
Brothers of the Sacred Heart
Enrollment1,104 (2014)
Color(s)Black and Orange         
Fight songBruin Fight Song
Athletics conferenceDistrict 5-5A
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
NewspaperBearly Published

Catholic High School is an all-male Catholic college-preparatory school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. It offers grades eight through twelve.[2]


Catholic High School was founded in 1894 as St. Vincent's Academy. The school was so named in recognition of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, who helped organize and establish the school.[3] The original site of the school was an old frame building in downtown Baton Rouge, and the enrollment was 106 students. By the 1920s, the enrollment had grown to approximately 300 students, and in 1928, the Brothers of the Sacred Heart built a new school, gym, and brother's residence at the corner of North Street and Fourth Street, and was renamed to Catholic High School.

In the 1930s and 1940s, the school's enrollment continued to increase, prompting the Brothers to acquire 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land in midtown Baton Rouge to build a campus to accommodate a larger student body, which was donated by R. Frank Cangelosi. After 10 years of delayed construction, Catholic High School, with its student body of 450 students, moved to its present location at 855 Hearthstone Drive in September 1957. The original buildings on the new campus included a residence for brothers and teachers, a small building used as a PE locker room and band room, and the main building. The main building at the time contained several offices, a library, six classrooms, and a few science lab classrooms. In 1963, the gymnasium was built. In 1971, the R. Frank Cangelosi Mall was built between the main building and gym for student use as an auxiliary cafeteria.[4] In 1972, a new student wing, containing six classrooms, a cafeteria called the Union, and a library was added; the original library was converted into a faculty workroom.

In the early 1980s, a football practice field and baseball field were added, along with an all-weather track (which was renovated and repaved in 2000). In 1985, the Fine Arts-Computer Center, containing a computer lab and classroom, a band room, a chorus room, art room, drafting room, and several classrooms was added. Around this time, the original band room was converted into a weight room. In 1990, a maintenance shed was added, and in 1991, in preparation for the school's 100th anniversary, the Centennial Courtyard was built. Also in the early 1990s, the school purchased three homes across the street from the campus to use as additional offices.

In the fall of 2002, the gymnasium was renovated to install air conditioning, and at that time CHS dedicated a new Health and Physical Education Center with a weight room, a wrestling room, locker rooms for athletes and PE students, and two new classrooms. In 2005, the Brother Gordian Udinsky Science Center, containing updated science labs for biology, chemistry, and physics, a new computer lab, and several classrooms, was dedicated and opened.[4]


The Brother Gordian Science Center, Catholic High's newest building, was finished in 2005.

CHS offers seven AP courses: US History, World History, Calculus, English Literature, Statistics, Psychology, and Biology.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ "About – Catholic High School". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  3. ^ "History".
  4. ^ a b "History – Catholic High School". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  5. ^ "Academics – Catholic High School". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  6. ^ Mueller, Tim (December 27, 2016). "Run Angry". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Emily Lane, LaPolitics publisher John Maginnis dies at age 66". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Greater New Orleans (June 8, 2011). "MLB draft pick Aaron Nola weighs joining brother with LSU Tigers or signing pro deal". Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  9. ^ "Having reached Triple-A and back in his home state with the Zephyrs, ex-LSU standout Austin Nola is eager to prove himself". Retrieved July 10, 2015.

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