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Organization of Prep League
Times-Picayune Article October 11, 1915.

Claude Simons Hopes to Launch Athletic Body at Meeting Today.

Organisation of a Prep School Ath letic Association will be held this afternoon at the Manual Training School at 4 o'clock. Coaches and those interested in prep school athletics are requested to attend the meeting. Claude Simons, Manual Training coach, will be the chairman of the committee. "Bobo" O'Brien of Jesuits will assist Simons in the organization. Coach Roehm of Boys' High School, Coach Lewis of Rugby, and other athletic directors are expected to be on hand.
That the P.S.A.A. will do much for athletics in city prep schools, Coach Simons had no doubt.
"I believe an organization such as we intend to make the Prep School Athletic Association," said Simons last night, "will boost athletics in the city fifty per cent. I always have wanted to organize such an association, but until a talk with Coach O'Brien Friday, I never had encouragement to do it. We have started now and I hope we will succeed.
"Our plan is this: Athletics need boosting and the P.S.A.A. will do the best to boost the city and state. First, we will organize the city schools. If we are successful in this we hope to branch out and make the association a statewide one, with regulations to govern athletics in every school of Louisiana. That, of course, will not come until later.
"In New Orleans there are six or seven prep schools, Boys' High School, Jesuits, Rugby Academy, Holy Cross, Chenets, St. Aloysius, Manual Training turn out athletic teams that play each other. Some of the schools have several hundred students to pick teams from, others are not so fortunate. In ever case, however, nearly all the city schools are represented by a football team or teams. Baseball brings a prep school league with generally six teams entered.
"Rules to govern contests between team which participate in such leagues are lax and in many cases we are forced to use the rules that are catalogued. Such rules are not always to be applied to school teams, and as a result they have direct effect on some team, and seriously handicap that team. With a prep school association, however, all this would be changed. We would have rules to govern cases that might arise only among school teams. We could meet every arising issue and settle all disputes."


Claude "Monk" Simons Sr.

  • Manual Training School, founded in 1903 by Isidore Newman, was renamed for its founder in 1931.
  • "Jesuits," as Jesuit High School was consistently called a century ago, was located at the corner of Baronne and Common Streets next to the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The school moved to its Carrollton Avenue location in 1926.
  • Rugby Academy was founded in 1884 on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Bordeaux Street. Run like a military school, Rugby closed in 1970.
  • Boys' High School was the first high school in the State of Louisiana - 1843. In 1911, it was renamed Warren Easton High School in honor of the first Supervisor of Education in the city and state. However, as the above article shows, it was still commonly referred to by its original name. 1915 was the school's second year in its location on Canal Street.
  • Holy Cross High School, the second establishment in the United States after the Notre Dame University of the Holy Cross priests and brothers, had been located at 4950 Dauphine Street since 1871.
  • "Chenets" was Chenet Institute, founded by Henry Chenet in 1892 as a non-denominational, private, college-preparatory high school. It was located at 3507 Magazine Street.
  • Founded in 1869 in the French Quarter, St. Aloysius (colors black and red in 1915) had been located on the corner of Esplanade Avenue and N. Rampart Street since 1892 when the Brothers of the Sacred Heart purchased the school formerly run by the Ursuline Sisters.

Original St. Aloysius High School at Esplanade and Rampart
Claude Simons' decision to found the prep athletic association in October 1915 gains added significance when you take into account the hurricane that plowed through the city September 29, 1915. With winds peaking at 145 mph, it killed 275 people and caused $13 million in damage (in 1915 dollars).

Claude "Monk" Simons, Sr., was 28 years old when he started the prep league. He moved to Tulane in 1920 as head coach of both basketball and track & field but continued to be involved with his fledgling prep association. He was also a pioneering athletic trainer from 1926 until his death in 1943.

Claude Simons Jr. became a star running back at Newman and Tulane, scoring two touchdowns to help the Green Wave defeat Temple 20-14 in the inaugural Sugar Bowl January 1, 1935.

Perry Roehm was the first adult coach of Boys' High School (1909) and coached all the sports for 18 years. He started a conditioning program for his athletes that made his teams powerhouses, especially in football. He was immortalized by having the baseball stadium a few blocks from the Elysian Fields Avenue overpass named for him in 1949.
Crusader Quiz
The second Brother Martin basketball team, which defended the school's 1970 state championship, had to win a playoff with the first round champion to take the District crown at the Loyola Field House.

Which team did the 1970-71 Crusaders defeat 70-53 for the district title?

(A) Holy Cross
(B) Jesuit
(C) Rummel
(D) St. Augustine

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This site is maintained by Brother Neal Golden, S.C. (CJ '57 who attended St. Aloysius 1953-54). This section of the Alumni Web site is dedicated to all the Crusader and Kingsmen athletes and coaches at St. Aloysius, Cor Jesu, and Brother Martin. All sports and eras will be included, though not in like measure because available information is not equally distributed. The site will be updated as the author's time permits. Older postings will be moved to the archives. So if you don't get back for awhile, anything you missed will be accessible from links in the right-hand column. Suggestions for improvements and items to include are welcome as are the personal stories and memorabilia of Crusader and Kingsmen athletes. Ametur Cor Jesu! Loved be the Heart of Jesus!

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