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Purple Knights News · All After-School Activities Canceled January 16; School Closed January 17


St. Augustine High School has canceled all after-school activities scheduled for today, January 16, 2018. This includes all basketball games, the soccer match, and any other extra-curricular activities. The school and all offices will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

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Purple Knights News · St. Augustine High School Seeking Head Football Coach


St. Augustine High School has opened the position of Head Football Coach to interested candidates. The school seeks a dynamic and experienced leader with a strong commitment to excellence, with an emphasis on the integration of Catholic identity, academics, character, and the athletic and academic experience of the student-athlete.

Click here for the position description: St Augustine Head Football Coach Position Announcement

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Multiple Teams · Al Jones retires as St. Aug Head Football Coach


NEW ORLEANS, LA. Thursday, December 21, 2017 –  For the past three years, Al Jones has led the St. Augustine High School Purple Knights as the head football coach. Jones announced to his colleagues and student-athletes Thursday that he is retiring as the head football coach.

“When I accepted the head coaching position I committed to an initial 3-year agreement. I believe that the time is now right for me to retire and spend more time with my family,” Coach Jones said. “The relationships that I built at St. Augustine are special to me and I thank the players, parents, and all of the other coaches for an amazing three years. We built a football program at St. Augustine that instills a sense of pride, tradition, and discipline, and I look forward to watching the Purple Knights continue to succeed.”

Coach Jones will remain in his current capacity as the eighth-grade counselor at St. Augustine High School.

Principal Sean J. Goodwin praised Jones for his leadership on and off the field, “Coach Jones joined the St. Augustine football program when we needed him most. I appreciate what Coach Jones has done for the St. Augustine football program in terms of excellence on the field and sportsmanship. I’m also appreciative of the way he has developed our young men by preparing them for opportunities beyond high school.”

Jones, a 1975 St. Augustine graduate and Purple Knight defensive end continued his football career at Tulane University. He was the Green Wave team captain in 1978 and graduated with a physical education degree. Coach Jones has served as an educator for more than 30 years.

“I am grateful for all of Coach Jones’ contributions to St. Augustine, including his commitment to academics and discipline, and for the lasting effect he has had on the lives of our student-athletes,” said St. Augustine High School President and CEO Kenneth St. Charles, Ph.D.  “He leaves this program in an excellent position to sustain success and I wish him the very best.”

The Purple Knights completed the 2017 season with a 7-3 record and made it to the state playoffs for the third consecutive year. Under Jones’ leadership, more than 17 student-athletes continued their football careers in college and 10 current student-athletes have committed to playing football at the college level.

“Coach Jones exhibits every attribute of traditional St. Augustine football,” St. Augustine athletic director Barret Rey said. “St. Augustine owes him a debt of gratitude for taking on the challenge of building a successful football program. We are confident that he will remain an integral part of the St. Augustine community.”

The school is beginning a search for a new head coach to lead the Purple Knights. The position will be posted on the St. Augustine High school website in early January 2018.

About St. Augustine High School:

St. Augustine High School is an all-male college preparatory school founded in 1951 by the Josephite priests and brothers, an order dedicated to providing missions and schools for African-Americans in their dioceses. Over the years St. Augustine High School has built a legacy serving as the training ground for leadership through academic excellence, moral values, Christian responsibility, and reasonable, consistent discipline.  Today, the school welcomes young men of all races and religions and remains a leading secondary school for African-American males in Louisiana.
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Purple Knights News · St. Augustine hosts Speech and Debate Tournament


St. Augustine High School Speech and Debate students are gearing up to host the annual St. Augustine High School Speech and Debate Tournament on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2.

The debate includes a total of 95 debate competitors from high schools around the region, as well as 37 judges, including judges from the Xavier University of Louisiana Speech and Debate Team. As hosts, the St. Augustine team will not compete. The team will serve as volunteers by setting up the campus, greeting guests, assisting the judges, and providing refreshments.
 
A list of the competing schools are below:

  • Benjamin Franklin High School – New Orleans, LA
  • Caldwell Parish High School – Columbia, LA 
  • Christ Episcopal School – Covington, LA
  • Holy Cross High School – New Orleans, LA
  • Isidore Newman High School, New Orleans, LA
  • Mount Carmel Academy – New Orleans, LA
  • Riverdale High School – Jefferson, LA 
  • South Jones Senior High School – Ellisville, MS
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal School – Metairie, LA
  • St. Mary’s Dominican – New Orleans, LA
  • Thrive Academy – Baton Rouge, LA


“We are excited to host one of the region’s most comprehensive high school speech and debate tournaments,” said Rahman McGill, St. Augustine Speech and Debate Coach. “Continuing a proud tradition at St. Aug, speech and debate students see tangible benefits from participation while in school – confidence in speaking, improved writing, and the development of diverse perspectives.”

Tournament events include Extemporaneous Debate, a one-on-one format that consists of two students who argue a specified topic with limited preparation time. 

The competition will also include Congressional Debate (House & Senate). A simulation of the U.S. legislative process, students generate a series of bills and resolutions for debate in Congressional Debate. Debaters alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting. An elected student serves as a presiding officer to ensure debate flows smoothly. Students are assessed on their research, argumentation, and delivery skills, as well as their knowledge and use of parliamentary procedure.

“The tournament is a wonderful opportunity to see local high school students doing wonderful things in a positive environment,” Kenneth A. St. Charles Ph.D., President and CEO of St. Augustine High School said. “These speech and debate activities provide life skills that are vital to a young person’s success in the future. If you are looking to see our future leaders, you’ll find them right here.”

Awards will be presented to event semi-finalists, finalists, and Sweepstakes McGill said. Tournament events will be held in the St. Augustine classrooms and the awards ceremony will be in the St. Augustine Dining Hall on Saturday evening.

Click here for the tournament schedule: Revised Schedule

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Purple Knights News · St. Aug students Press Mayoral Candidates on the Issues


The St. Augustine Political Science Club along with Film and Media Crew members joined students from other high schools to participate in the political process Friday afternoon during a Mayoral Forum featuring New Orleans’ candidates at Xavier University of Louisiana. Students pressed the two candidates on a variety of issues facing the city: from crime, to access to health care, and improving economic investment in New Orleans East.

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Multiple Teams · HOMECOMING UPDATE – Game, tailgate moved up. Other events postponed or canceled.


With the potential of tropical weather impacting Southeast Louisiana over the weekend, the following changes are announced for the activities scheduled for Homecoming weekend October 7 and 8.  

  • Saturday, October 7: Tailgate moved up to 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 7: Class photos at Tad Gormley 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 7: Football Game will start at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 7: Presentation of the Court is rescheduled to halftime at the October 26, football game.
  • Saturday, October 7: Student Homecoming Dance will be rescheduled, date (TBD).
  • Sunday, October 8: CANCELED, Breakfast following mass at Corpus Christi-Epiphany Church. 
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Multiple Teams · St. Aug vs. De La Salle: Yulman Stadium Tickets Available


Tulane University, home to Green Wave Football, will play host as St. Augustine and De La Salle face off against one another at Yulman Stadium on Sept. 8 in a non-district clash. The game is the first time Tulane University is hosting a high school football game in Yulman Stadium.

“The St. Augustine community is honored for this opportunity to host our football game vs. De La Salle in beautiful Yulman Stadium on the Tulane University campus for many reasons. First, the facility is a world-class stadium that will provide our student-athletes and loyal fans with an unforgettable sporting experience,” said Dr. Kenneth A. St. Charles, President and CEO at St. Augustine High School. “Additionally, this game allows our school to continue to partner with Tulane, which will provide unlimited, dynamic opportunities for our students as they prepare for college.”

This game will mark the first high school game on the Uptown campus since Nov. 3, 1979, when Chalmette High School defeated Jesuit High School 23-9 in a New Orleans Catholic League matchup in the final game played at historic Tulane Stadium. St. Augustine and De La Salle were members of the New Orleans Catholic League together from 1967, when the Cavaliers joined the league, until 2003.

Game Day Details
St. Augustine vs. De La Salle
Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium
Friday, September 8, 2017
7 p.m. CDT (Gates: 6 p.m. )
2900 Ben Weiner Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70118

Watch the St. Aug vs. De La Salle game from the Glazer Family Club Suite

You’re invited to enjoy the St. Aug vs. De La Salle game in the comfort of the air conditioned Glazer Family Club Suite. The suite space is a premium spectator environment for Tulane’s Yulman Stadium. It features direct field-views, concession offerings, restrooms, and a large space for gathering with your fellow Purple Knight fans.

Pricing for the St. Aug vs. De La Salle game is as follows:

General Admission Ticket – $12
Good for game entrance only – general admission seating from end zone to 30-yard line. Children 10 and under $7.

Suite Level without Food – $25
View the game from the comfort of the indoors behind a stunning panoramic, glass enclosed air-conditioned luxury suite.  This ticket level also provides fans with a Tailgate-style concession menu available for individual purchase throughout the game.  Private restrooms, as well as a special private entrance, included.  All suite occupants also have the option to sit in special reserved 50-yard line outdoor seats. The suite accommodates 1,500 guests allowing St. Aug alumni and friends the opportunity to mingle throughout the game. We assure you that you have never had the opportunity to experience a St. Augustine High School football game in this type of luxury. 2017 Season Pass ticket holders will have access to this Suite Level experience.

Suite Level with Food and Refreshments included – $40
Guests choosing this suite level experience will have access to a specially created section in the suite that includes a delicious catering menu, premier viewing of the Marching 100, and all of the suite benefits described above.  Only a limited number of tickets for this suite level experience will be available for purchase. 2017 Season Pass ticket holders can experience the suite level with food and refreshments by paying an additional $15 in advance.
Tickets available in the Bookstore.
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Multiple Teams · Season & All-Sports Passes On Sale Now


Individual game tickets now available in the campus Bookstore! Football & All-Sports passes available in the school finance office.

Individual game tickets are now available to purchase in the campus Bookstore.

Bookstore Hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday: 6:45 a.m. – 7:10 a.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 3 – 6 p.m.
Game Day Saturday’s: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Football and All Sports Season Passes are available in the school’s finance office.

Don’t miss any of the action! St. Augustine High School has announced that Purple Knight Football season passes and All-Sports season passes are on sale now for the 2017-2018 season.

With the St. Augustine High School All-Sports Pass enjoy outstanding athletic contests. Experience the Symphonic Band Concert in the Spring. An adult pass is $200. Your All-Sports Pass serves as a “season ticket” to all St. Augustine home games and away, district games. The pass is accepted at football, basketball, and baseball games including Purple Knight relays, and the Symphonic Band Spring Concert.

All-Sports Season Passes: $200

Football Season Passes: $65

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Multiple Teams · St. Augustine – FREE – Youth Football Camp: July 29


Boys and girls are invited to join us for a FREE St. Augustine Youth Football Camp on Saturday, July 29.

Our youth camp is designed to give each individual athlete a solid foundation in the basic football fundamentals needed to excel at their specific position. This is a non-contact, skills teaching camp.

Every camper will receive a t-shirt.

Location: St. Augustine football field

Time: Check-in 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Camp 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Fee: $50.00  NOW FREE!
Checks made payable to St. Augustine High School Memo: Football

Grades: 2 – 7

Open to boys and girls. 

Contact Coach Barret Rey at brey@purpleknights.com for more information.

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Purple Knights News · Video: Jackyron “Hamp Da High Stepper” Newman ’94


Entertainer, Author, Motivational Speaker, Community Advocate and President of JW Newman Enterprises, Jackyron W. Newman ’94, calls on all Purple Knights to support Give Purple Day. Give Purple Day 2017 is June 20, one 24-hour period for alumni, parents, and friends to come together to support St. Augustine High School.

Mr. Newman is a well known voice and talent who makes a personal connection with a wide spectrum of audiences through the production of timeless content and extraordinary live events.

With a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, the Mass Communications graduate of the University of New Orleans launched a lucrative business that not only entertains audiences but identifies, creates, and develops platforms where entertainment can be marketed and consumed.

Jackyron W. Newman has strategically positioned himself to revolutionize today’s event and digital landscape by means of his extensive professional expertise and business acumen. With the impending launch of JW Newman Enterprises’ signature events, Pitch Me NOLA & Vintage Vibes, Jackyron is set to soar to unbelievable heights as an industry insider, global business leader and entertainment mogul.  Click here to visit his website to learn more.