Blue Jay Community Invited to
An Evening with Ron Drez ’58

Ron Drez ’58 signs his history book,Gallant Fighting Sons at his class reunion.

The entire Jesuit community is invited to An Evening with Ron Drez ’58,  author of Gallant Fighting Sons: The Jesuits, Louisiana, and Their School in New Orleans on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Ignatius Hall, located on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building at Jesuit High School.

Drez will speak about the journey of writing this book, the research it required, the “little gems” he unearthed, and the fresh perspective of his alma mater the task of writing yielded.

Books will be available for purchase at $50 each. Guests are invited to purchase a copy or bring an already-purchased copy for Drez to sign. Though there is no cost to attend this event, registration is required by September 16, 2013.

Published in May, Gallant Fighting Sons is Ron Drez’s chronicle of Jesuit High School’s rich history. Incorporating 167 photos and dozens of interviews into 444 pages of engaging text and notes, Drez takes his reader from the first steps of the Jesuits on North American soil to their founding of a school for young men in downtown New Orleans to the Jesuit High School of today in the heart of Mid-City.

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At Ignatian Circle Donor Reception, Jesuit Benefactors Are Thanked for Their Generosity

Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J. ’76 welcomes benefactors to the 2013 Ignatian Circle donor reception, held this year at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park. The Ignatian Circle donor reception recognizes those benefactors of Jesuit who financially supported the school at a level of $3,000 or more in the fiscal year.

View the Photo Gallery of the Ignatian Circle Reception

Strategic Plan for Jesuit High School Was the Focus of
a Meeting of the President’s Advisory Council

Principal Peter Kernion ’90 (standing left) made a presentation to the
President’s Advisory Council (PAC) at the group’s
recent meeting in St. Ignatius Hall.

The President’s Advisory Council (PAC) held its July meeting on Jesuit’s campus. The meeting mainly focused on a wide-ranging discussion of the strategic plan for the school. Members of the PAC, which includes alumni and parents, also had the opportunity to tour the school to see first-hand some of the many improvements made during the past year.  

Changing of the PAC guard: Jesuit president Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J. ’76 thanks Brett Forshag ’84 (left) for serving as chairman
of the PAC in 2012-13 and welcomes
Rocky Daigle ’85, the group’s new
chairman for 2013-14.

“Essays on Race:” Here Are Two Submissions by Alumni
that Would Not Fit in Most Recent Issue of Jaynotes

African-American Blue Jays in the 1987 Jesuit Yearbook.

In the most recent issue of Jaynotes (Vol. 39; Spring/ Summer 2013), space limitations prevented publication of two submissions by Jesuit alumni Jimmy McCutchon ’46 and Roberto Matthews  ’96.

Read Their Essays on Race

Ray Coates, Blue Jay Alumnus Who Was a Legendary Prep
Athlete and Football Coach, Dies at 89

Ray Coates visited the campus in 2008 on the occasion of being honored as the
“Legend of the Game” in connection the Great American Rivalry series
between the football teams from Jesuit and Holy Cross.
Coach Coates died on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Ray Coates, a legendary prep athlete and a 1944 alumnus of Jesuit High School who later became a successful football coach at his alma mater, died on Wednesday, July 3. He was 89. The cause was congestive heart failure, according to Mark Drewes ’78, who was Coates’s son-in-law.

The family has requested that donations in memory of “Coach Coates” be made to Jesuit’s General Scholarship Fund.

Read the Article About Ray Coates on Jesuit’s Web Site “Once a Blue Jay, Always a Blue Jay”

Ron Brocato on Following Greatness
Was the Path for Jesuit Legend Ray Coates

Funeral Services for Ray Coates

Family, friends, alumni, and former players attended the funeral service for 
Ray Coates on Monday, July 8 at Jesuit High School’s Chapel of the
North American Martyrs. Visitation was 9 a.m. – noon, followed
by a Mass at noon that was con-celebrated by Jesuit Fathers
Raymond Fitzgerald ’76, Norman O’Neal, and Nick
Schiro ’44, who was a classmate of Coates.



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