Redemptorist High School

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Redemptorist High School
Address
4000 St. Gerard Avenue
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, (East Baton Rouge Parish)
United States
Coordinates 30°29′50″N 91°8′59″W / 30.49722°N 91.14972°W / 30.49722; -91.14972Coordinates: 30°29′50″N 91°8′59″W / 30.49722°N 91.14972°W / 30.49722; -91.14972
Information
School type Private, Coeducational
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1947
Closed June 30, 2015
Principal Dr. Maribeth Andereck
Grades 712
Color(s) Emerald Green and White
         
Nickname Wolves
Rival Parkview Baptist
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper The Wolfhowls
Yearbook The EMERALD
Website

Redemptorist Upper School was a private, Roman Catholic high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is located in north Baton Rouge, under the remit of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Background[edit]

Redemptorist Upper School was established in 1947.[2] Redemptorist is locally famous for the exceptional football teams throughout the years. The Wolves have won 3 state championships; 2002 (Class 3A), 2003 (Class 4A), 2005 (Class 3A).[3]

1950 First class of 10 graduates. 1951-52 4 State Boxing Champions 1957-58 Unit I (first wing) of the permanent school complex opens. 1959-60 Units II and III of the school open. 1963 Redemptorist become incorporated as Redemptorist Diocesan Interparochial School. Under the new structure, grades 7 to 9 comprise a junior high and grades 10-12 the senior high. 1965 Wolves win Louisiana AA State Baseball Championship. 1965-66 The student center connecting the four wings is completed. 1967-69 Wolves win consecutive State AA Basketball Championships. 1973-74 Patrick B. Kennedy is chosen to become the first lay principal.

History[edit]

St. Gerard Majella Church Parish was established in 1944. The high school was opened in September, 1947, with an enrollment of forty-three freshmen and sophomores. Louisiana accreditation was obtained in December 1950, and the first class was graduated in May of that year. In 1958, Redemptorist High School was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The high school was operated by St. Gerard Parish until it became an interparochial school in 1963. Redemptorist then became a Regional Diocesan School on July 1, 1995. The school is governed by a Regional Diocesan School Board consisting of priests and elected and appointed lay persons. The faculty consists of laymen and laywomen, one priest, and one Redemptorist Brother.[4]

St. Gerard Elementary and St. Isidore Elementary merged into each other to become Redemptorist Elementary in the 2010-11 school year. Redemptorist elementary and Redemptorist High have since merged into the Redemptorist Schools of Baton Rouge in the 2011-12 school year under the supervision of Mr. Brian Menard. Redemptorist High School is now the Redemptorist Upper School. It was announced on December 19th, 2014 that Redemptorist High School and Junior High School would close their doors for good on June 30, 2015.

Former State Representative and Louisiana Board of Regents member Vic Stelly taught and coached at Redemptorist during the early 1960s.[5] Actress Donna Douglas (The Beverly Hillbillies), then known as Doris Smith, attended St. Gerard's High School.

Closing[edit]

Redemptorist High School graduated its last class in May 2015. The high school closed due to plunging enrollment and funds.[6] Redemptorist High is the second high school in the North Baton Rouge area to close since 2014.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

http://www.rhsbr.org/history.cfm

External links[edit]