Principal and Director
Brother August Raphael Bodin F.S.C.
Brother John Fairfax
568 freshman and sophomore students
Firsts for the '63 - '64 school year:
Highest Enrollment -568 Students
Benildus Club, Acolytes, and Confraternity of
Freshman Basketball Team won Rummel's first inter-scholastic
Charles Guajardo, Wendell
Fenner, John Niemietz, and Tom Schwaner joined the faculty
It was time when Donkey Basketball, bon-fires, hootenannies, and language laboratories were in vogue. The first
Raider Fair was held. Long before fast foods were introduced into school lunch programs, cafeteria administrator Miss
Hilde ran a tight ship and was duly recognized when the Rummel cafeteria was rated "Best quality and variety of food,
[with the] best sanitary conditions of any school in the New Orleans Area".
Rummel's charter class became sophomores and the first seven sophomore classrooms were opened with an average of 35
students per class -- 246 sophomores in all. Along with nine new freshman homerooms (323 Freshmen with an average of
35.9 students per classroom) the school enrollment totalled 568 students. Homerooms where identified by letters of the
alphabet and each teacher served as a homeroom "Sponsor".
Brother August Raphael Bodin, F. S.C. served as Principal and Director of Religious Community. Brother John Fairfax was
Assistant Principal, Prefect of Discipline, and Sub-director of Religious community. Mrs. Becnel was the school secretary,
student nurse, amd manger of small loans, lost and found department and oversaw various other activities. Mrs. MacInnes was
Mr. Gaujardo spins LPs for his class (right)
Living With Christ, a Christian
Brothers published series of textbooks for high school education was required study for all students at Rummel.
Twenty two teachers were on the faculty. They were:
-- Religion II, English II, Moderator of Intramural Athletic Program
Brother Clarence -- Religion I, English I,
Biology, Director of The Raider Chorus
Brother Edward -- Religion I, Biology, Athletic coordinator, Moderator
of Science Club
Brother Fidelis -- Department Head of the freshman religion course, Freshmen Mathematics,
Freshman basketball coach, sponsor of Benildus Club, Freshman Advisor
Brother George -- Department Head of the sophomore
religion department, Moderator of The Raider's Digest student newspaper, Geometry
Brother Freeman -- Religion I, Spanish I, Moderator of Raiders on Review
Brother John -- French II, Moderator of Student Council
Brother Robert -- Freshman Religion
Brother Scanlan -- Freshman Algebra and Religion, Sophomore Religion, Moderator of the Confraternity
of Christian Doctrine
Brother Rodney -- Religion I, Typing
Brother Steve -- Religion I, Spanish
II, Moderator of Espana Pequena Spanish Club, Moderator of acolytes
Mr. Chelchowski -- General Mathematics,
Business Arithmetic, Physical Education, Head basketball coach, Head track coach
Mr. Capron -- English I, Business
Mathematics, Moderator of The Raider's Digest
Mr. Ronald Doyle
-- Civics, Physical Education, Assistant football coach, assistant track coach
Mr. Anthony Galliano -- Civics, Physical
Education, Head footbal coach
Mr. Charles Guajardo -- English, Speech, Moderator of the Genesians drama club,Moderator
Mr. Wendell Fenner -- History, Civics, Assistant footbal coach
Mr. Lockwood --
English, Social Studies
Mr. Gary Mannina -- French I, Latin I and II
Mr. John Niemietz -- Science, Physical
Mr. O'Sullivan -- Freshman English, Sophomore World History, Moderator Rummel Debate Squad
Mr. Tom Schwaner -- Mathematics, Physical Education, Football coach, baseball coach
The yearbook was dedicated in memory of President John F. Kennedy who had been assassinated in November of the 1963 --
1964 school year. Johnny Lincoln sketched the illustration on page one of a flag at half-staff with the school building
in the the background. During this second year of Rummel's existence students had witnessed traumatic and world-changing
events. College students marched through Times Square and in San Francisco -- the first major student demonstration
against the Vietnam War. The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed. Lee Harvey Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby. President
Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission and declared a War on Poverty. The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing
in Birmingham, Alabama, killed 4 and injured 22 people. Plans to build the New York World Trade Center were announced.
Malcolm X was suspended from the Nation of Islam. saying that he would organize a black nationalist party. Martin Luther
King, Jr. delivered his “I have a dream...” speech at Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. The
second session of Second Vatican Council convened in Rome. James Meredith became the first black person to graduate
from the University of Mississippi.
In local news, the Sisters of the Holy Family had moved from the convent (pictured) they had inhabited at 717 Orleans
Avenue since 1881 -- it would become the Bourbon Orleans hotel. The Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) opened. Lincoln
Beach closed. The Port of Call opened on Esplanade Avenue. Eastern flight 304 crashed into Lake Pontchartrain.
The Zatarain's sold their family business. Mayor Chep Morrison died. New homes were being offered for sale in Airline
Rummel student Coleman Hardin won the "Name the Yearbook" contest. His choice
was Raiders on Review. The yearbook staff included
Gerry Miller, Johnny Lincoln, Dale Flowers, Robert Templet, and David Roberts with Brother Freeman as the moderator.
Paul Severson and Michael Angelico were the photographers.
The Raiders on Review prologue by Brother August Raphael
Bodin, Principal, discussed "The Catholic Philosophy of Education" which "not only recognizes the higher ultimate
end of the pupil and of his education, but also recognizes lower aims, secondary character, which contribute to the achievement
of the pupil's final destiny...Thus it is the aim of Archbishop Rummel High School to develop young men who will think and
act as Christians in all the phases of their activities, both now as students and later on in life".
that goal, several religious organizations were formed at Rummel. These included the Christian Brothers sponsored Benildus Club which sought to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life, the
Acolytes of St Joseph Chapel, and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine which provided religious education to Catholic children
attending secular schools.
Benildus Club members were Bruce Bascle, Tony Bondi, Stan Guidry, Roger Langlois, Donnie
Dessauer, Danny Brennen, Phil Jaeger, Mike Granier, John Weigand, John Smith, Gordon Stevens, Bobby Lunning, Roy Taormina,
Ray Genovese, Dave Guidry, Danny Pepitone, Walter Sabrier, Mike Bowler, Rodney Ferrand, Steve Armbruster, David Lowe, Michael
Brehm, Roland Coppola, Eddie Abate, Nike Tusa, Ken Sperling, Mike Enault, and Vern Williams.
The Acolytes were Robert Vick, Johnny Macaluso, Sidney Bertucci, Robert Schambach, Ed Van Hoven, Kevin Keenan, Paul
Cressend, Bruce Bourgeois, Nike Tusa, and Rufus Cressend.
Confraternity of Christian
Doctrine members were John Truxillo, Chris Haydel, Irvin Kuhn, Pete Oddo, Ronnie Boyd, John Folger, Earl Heintz, Ken
McAllister, Anthony Bertucci, Bernard Baisier, George Becnel, Tony Calandro, Paul Brue, Mike Parr, Eugene Cheirici, Mike Livaudais,
Ronnie Frentz, Ronnie Long, Dour Borne, Dale Flowers, Jim Dikus, Mike Angelico, Ted Genter, Tom O'Brien, Gary Hardin, and
George Mader. The group was moderated by Brother Scanlan.
The Genesians debuted during the 1963-1964 school year (when Hello, Dolly!
opened on Broadway). As founder of the Genesians, now Genesian Players (whose namesake St. Genesius the Comedian is
the patron saint of actors) Mr. Charles Guajardo's first dramatic efforts at Rummel included the production of a pre-Genesian
one act play, Minor Miracle (pictured) starring David Young as Hale, Danny Griggs as Jordan, Paul Thorne as McClane
and Michael Whalenwhich was presented to Rummel students and The Littlest Angel which was presented to the public.
The first Genesians were Ray Zabala, David Young, John Weigand, Joe Manguno, Stan Cowley, Danny Griggs, Frank Pesce, Bobby
Comeaux, Paul Cressend, Harold Meyer, David Evans, Marshall Perez, Gerry Miller, Lloyd Barrios, Steve Ovino, Alvin Guilliot,
Carl Schultz, Norman Schoenhardt, Mike Paar, Paul Thorne, John Pardue, Marion Catalano, Dwayne Bayes, Mike Fuller, Jerome
Stephens, Coleman Harden, Don Burke, Richard Porter, Mike Angelico, Jimmy Savoye, Tom Doar, Joe Rotolo, and Paul Ramirez.
Under Chuck Guajardo's direction the Genesians were awarded their first Louisiana state trophy for the presentation
of Edward Albee's The Sandbox (1964--1965 school year). They would go on to earn thirteen state titles. In 1970
Mr. G wrote two plays; Montage '70 and Kids.
Of over two-hundred productions during more
than four decades at Rummel, Charley's Aunt (spring 2008) would be his last. Charles C. Guajardo died on
January 12, 2008.
The Rummel Alumni Association, Inc. donated $500 to the Genesian Booster Club in loving
memory of Mr. Guajardo in January, 2008.
Rummel had no varsity athletic teams because the student body (freshmen and sophomores) was not old enough to qualify
for varsity play.
The Freshman Basketball Team
won Rummel's first inter-scholastic athletic trophy.
They were Marty Donovan, Chuck Lawrence, Fred Pillot, Ronnie Rusek, Boo Hebert, Ricky Raymond, Steae Sears, Jimmy Haldane,
Rod Olps, George Comeaux, Gearoge Rucker, Wayne Harris, Danny Boudreaux, Bobby Italiano, and Harry Morgan. Hebert, Comeaux,
Italinao, and Donovan (pictured) were freshman All-Stars. The team ended the year with a 23-10 record.
Coach Joe Galliano said, "Football at Rummel is progressing as expected; we are a young and inexperienced team,
but willing. I believe the schools has wonderful spirit for its short existence. Our boys seem to have the pride
and desire necessary to succeed. I am very fortunate to have very fine assistant coaches which make the job easier and
more pleasant. We are looking forward to a successful season". Members of the Junior
Varsity Football Team were S. Mayeux, C. Lawrence, G. Hughes, W. Luckette, T. Boudreaux, R. Cressend, A. Bertucci,
G. Guarisco, C. Sanders, J. Guarisco, D, Decedue, R. Pacaccio, R. Schaff, E. Martinez, R. Eschleman, J Pardue, W. Jusselin,
E. Lambert, R. Cahanin, L. Labiche, F. Dupre, C. Domino, A. Geraci, J. Folse, R. Mahoney, T. O'Brien, M. Dyer, R. Long, D.
Borne, and K. Leonardi. The team managers were Thane Avrard, Joe Manguno, and Anthony Diez.
notes that "This year's junior varsity basketball team, though small in number
and height, was large in heart. Grinding their way through a schedule of varsity and junior varsity teams, the Raider
team won eight games while losing thirteen. The team has closed the gap immensely on their opponents over the past two
years; however, ther is still a long road ahead if they wish to compete on a par with their Catholic rivals in New Orleans".
Members of the squad were , Steve Donahue, Craig Martinez, Bob Gallway, Nick Leggio, Gary Nobile, and Glenn Mentel with managers
Fred Greene and Mike Maier.
The Rummel coaching staff included:
Tom Schwaner -- head baseball coach and assistant
Joe Galliano -- head football coach
Stan Chelchowski -- head junior varsity basketball coach and
head track coach
Brother Fidelis -- head freshman basketball coach
Ronnie Doyle -- assistant football coach and
assistant track coach
Pete Fenner -- assistant football coach
A Football Awards Banquet was held in December.
Stadium opened in Flushing, New York and The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio.
|The identities of track team members were not included in the 1963-64 yearbook.
Girls had not yet been allowed to join the cheerleading squad but in Washington the President's Commission on the Status
of Women issued ts final reports to President Kennedy. Raider cheerleaders were
headed by Jerome Stephens and included Bill McAuliffe, Steve Ovino, Mike Liaudais, John Coon, Ray Zabala, and Wayne Messina.
The Raider's Digest celebrated its second year as the official
student newspaper. Thanks to business and family sponsors (advertisements) it was now a four-page Linotype publication rather
than the original mimeographed spread. With sponsorship, The Raider's Digest
staff was also able to purchase a large banner for the gymnasium. Under Mr. O. T. Capron's moderation the staff included
Editors T. Doar, G. Miller, , R. Comeaux, M. Fuller, and J. Manguano as well as P. Severson, B. Donovan, M. Angelico,
W. Danos, and B. Basier. The publication was noted as a member of the Quill and Scroll -- International Honorary Society
for High School Journalists.
The Debate Team, moderated by Mr. Anthony O'Sullivan, participated in the Catholic
Forensic League of New Orleans sponsored Loyola University Debate Tournament and the Southwestern Louisiana Speech Festival
(in Lafayette) where they place eighth of the twenty-four competing schools. The group also participated in intramural
debates in which faculty members and the student body participated. Members of the team were Bruce Bourgeois, Mike Ewin,
John Smith, John Weigand, Steven Armbruster, Roland Coppola, Steven Reidlinger, Eric Bissel, Stephen LaPlace, Kevin Keenan,
and Joe Koehler.
In more trivial pursuits, Merv Griffin's game show Jeopardy! debued on NBC.
Espana Pequena (the Spanish Club) members were Pete Terranova, David Laing,
Bernard Basier, Alton Grand, Kenneth Cochran, Craig Bennen, Steve Hebbler, Paul Ramirez, Don Deckelman, Tim Breau, Donald
Decidue, Mike Paar, Vernon Meyer, Dennis Ragas, Dana Hanning, Alin Guillot, and Robert Schambach with Brother Steve as the
Rummel's state-of-the-art Language Lab opened at a cost of $20,000 at the same time that first
program written in BASIC (Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) was released, IBM announced the introduction of
its System/360 computer, and John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth.
(pictured teaching in the language lab) recalled, "This was my first year teaching. I was only four years out
of high school myself and had not yet graduated from college. This was supposed to be my year of "practice
teaching." I was yearbook moderator that year and this was Rummel's first ever yearbook.
Joseph Domino served as the President of the Rummel High School Booster's Club whose
fund raising efforts concentrated on purchasing a complete outfit of band uniforms. The Raider Marching Band
proudly displayed them in the Krewe of Freret parade (pictured).
Professor Howard C. Voorhies was the band master. Band members included:
-- M. Murray, Steve MacInnes, Alvin Weber, Kevin Crutherds
C. Section -- A. J. Ladet, Patrick Bossetta, Paul Chauvin,
and Thane Avrard
Trombone Section -- Joseph Brocato, Fred Barraco, George Mader, Allen DiGiovanni, and Steve Young
Section -- Bill Donovan, Larry Juge, Tommy Waguespack, Wayne Danos, Frank Moore, Heild Smith, Kenny Bossetta (who's memory
would later be honored at Rummel in naming the Kenneth J. Bossetta Library), Eldon Louviere, Paul Bergeron, Leroy Lind, and
Trumpet Section -- George Pattison, Ed Usner, Dennis Ragas, Marcel Tujaque, Wayne Muler, Joe P. Rotolo,
Gerry Berner, and Denis Schaff
Percussion Section -- Perry Poche, McKinley Cantrell, Mike Palumbo, Ted Genter, Mike
Vanderwall, Louis Hodges, and Marty Donovan
In the New Orleans music scene Huey & Curly (Huey Smith & Curley Moore) recorded The Second Line for
Ace Records and Oliver Morgan asked Who Shot the La La? on the GNP Crescendo label.
The Rummel Chorus Hootenanny was attended by nearly 2,000 parents and friends
in October in the newly opened gym. It included a performance by the Nutria Rats (pictured). Chorus members were Raymond Genovese, James Pratt, Carl Giarraputo, Jams Meehan, Philip Jaeger, Chris Borne, Calvin
Rolland, Gerry Arcement, David Guidry, Lee Holmes, Mark Seamster, John Dreher, David Tortorich, Steve Ovino, Paul Dremdel,
and Robert Soule under the direction of Brother Clarence. In the entertainment world, the record album Meet the Beatles! was released as was the Rolling Stones debut album, Rolling
Stones. Sam Cooke and his band were arrested after trying to register at a "whites only" motel in Louisiana
but before the school year ended he recorded A Change Is Gonna Come. The Beatles appeared in their first live
American television performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Student Council officers were Tommy Boudreaux, President; Doug Borne, Vice-President;
Mike Pisciotta, Secretary; Ronnie Long, Treasurer. Class representatives included Glenn Mentel, Pete Terranova, John
Pardue, Robert Comeaux, Joe Guarisco, Anthony Bertucci, Robert Eshleman, and Coleman Hardin.
Students who scored at or above the 90th percentile on the National Education Development
were William Donovan, Leonard Short, Alton Grand, Dana Hanning, Anthony Bertucci, Johm Pardue, Kenneth Bossetta,
Pete Terranova, Tom Finnegan, Chris Johanson, Gerald Trigo, Dale Flowers, Ronald Sennett, Walter Toll, Thomas O'Brien, David
Laing, Jeffery Ehlinger, and Kevin Bland.
The yearbook staff noted that "This year Rummel High School has made its first attempt at publishing a school
yearbook. Although the size and elaborateness of the book are limited, we feel that it is Representative of Rummel High
School, and that it will provide a lasting memory to students, faculty and friends; in this degree it will have served its
purpose. In the future you can look forward to bigger and better books -- we have just begun.." We now thank
them for the memories.
In 1963 the Archdiocese predicted that by 1966, when the charter class would graduate, that
the total school enrollment would e 840 students.
Thanks to Jean Breaux Gravois and Clyde Gravois ('67) for their help in compiling this chapter of Rummel High School history.