Fr. André Coindre
Founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart
In the aftermath of the French Revolution, Fr. André Coindre, a young parish priest in Lyon, France, founded the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to give hope to young people and eventually lead them to faith. Since then, brothers and lay colleagues, working as partners in mission, have continued and extended Coindre’s work in schools and orphanages throughout the world.
The Original cross that
hung in St. Vincent’s Academy.
On October 8, 1846, Brother Polycarp, the “Second Founder” of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, sent five brothers from this location in Paradis, France to Mobile, Alabama to operate an orphanage, initiating the first works outside of France.
Brothers Felix, Artus, Firmin, and David opened St. Vincent’s Academy, named in honor of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. From its beginning in 1894, no student has been turned away or denied admission because of the inability to pay tuition.
First three graduates receive diplomas from St. Vincent’s Academy.
(L to R) Edward Wax, Stanley Miller, Louis Leurey
CHS Mothers’ Club is founded.
Dennis F. (Pete) Burge, the first lay teacher, joins the Catholic High Faculty.
St. Vincent’s Academy changed its name to Catholic High School and moved into a modern, brick building at the corner of North Street and Fourth Street with an enrollment of nearly 300 students.
The “C” Club is established and later
reorganized into the CHS Men’s Club.
Catholic High School moved from North Street to Hearthstone Drive and ownership of the school was transferred from the Archdiocese of New Orleans to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
The CHS community dedicated the new gymnasium.
Peggy Fauver, the first laywoman teacher, joins the CHS Faculty.
The first female students from St. Joseph’s Academy enrolled in CHS physics classes.
Under the leadership of Brother Donnan Berry, S.C. as principal, the first two African American students graduated from CHS.
On December 3, 1969, CHS played McKinley in what marked the first integrated high school athletic competition in the Baton Rouge area.
The new CHS Union building is dedicated.
Dedication of the track and baseball facility.
Dedication of the Fine Arts/Computer Center.
Catholic High School is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Gregory A. Brandao ’73 is named the first lay principal of Catholic High School.
Celebration of 100-year anniversary with the dedication of the Centennial Courtyard and the installation of the sculpture, “Dialogue of the Heart.”
This historical marker, installed by the City of Baton Rouge at the original location of St. Vincent’s Academy, recognizes the contributions of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge.
CHS alumnus Scott Lamana ’88 is among the victims of the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
In 2002, CHS completed the Health and Physical Education Center. On May 19, 2014, the Center was renamed the Ryan D. “Jume” Jumonville ’91 Health and Athletic Performance Center.
Lisa Harvey is named as the first female principal of Catholic High School.
Catholic High School is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education for the fifth time.
Highlighting service to others as a priority, CHS conducted its first school-sponsored and funded Habitat for Humanity Build. The presentation of the home occurred on January 23, 2015. Students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends participated in the fundraising and construction of the home.
Implementation of the STREAM curriculum providing students an interdisciplinary approach to learning and problem solving.
Dedication of the new track and field facility in honor of CHS alumnus, teacher and coach Pete Boudreaux ’59.
Construction begins on the new 32,000 square foot student center, dedicated in memory of Brother Donnan Berry, S.C.
EMBRACING THE FUTURE
Father André Coindre’s charism and the rich tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart are a precious gift for Catholic High School, the Baton Rouge community, thousands of alumni, and future generations of students. The dedicated brothers and lay colleagues who work as partners in the mission of CHS are committed to continuing that gift through dynamic adaptation to changing times and needs.