Jesuit High School families, teachers, administrators, Jesuit priests and alumni gathered on Dec. 9 for the school’s annual Celebration gala to not only raise funds, but to mark the school’s 175th anniversary.
The patron party took place in the school’s Traditions Courtyard, then moved to the Student Commons for the main party, which included an auction, food and libations, a wine and spirit pull, and dancing to music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
The school was founded in 1847 by the Jesuits missioned to Jesuit High School in New Orleans. The Jesuit order was founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola as the Society of Jesus.
Originally on Baronne and Commons streets as part of the College of the Immaculate Conception, it moved in fall of 1926, when classes met in the newly constructed Jesuit High School on Carrollton between Banks and Palmyra streets.
Event chairs were Tiffany Cazabon and Juanita Parenton.
The first Jesuit priest, Fr. Pierre François-Xavier de Charlevoix, to land in New Orleans was in 1721, when he was sent as emissary of French King Louis XV to report on the general conditions of the North American colony. Charlevoix wasn’t impressed with New Orleans, but in a letter he concluded, “I have the best-grounded hopes for saying that this wild and deserted place, at present almost entirely covered with canes and trees, shall one day, and perhaps that day is not very far off, become the capital of a large and rich colony.”