In a city where prep sports captures the headlines and the attention of fans, no league has had more of an impact over the years than the Catholic League of New Orleans. Started in the early 1900s by Jesuit, St. Aloysius and Holy Cross, the Catholic League was formally created after the addition of Redemptorist and De La Salle in 1956. In later years, Archbishops Rummel, Shaw and St. Augustine began their sports programs and were added to the league. Filled with talented athletes, coaching staffs and colorful characters, the Catholic League stands today as one of the oldest continuing prep leagues in the country with long running rivalries dating back over eighty years. Although, teams have come and gone over the decades, the Catholic League with its storied past and lore remains in tact today and is a powerful reminder of the glory days and the tradition of prep sports in New Orleans.
In an effort to properly celebrate and document this unique part of New Orleans history, PBS affiliate WLAE-TV is producing a documentary series entitled, Glory Days: The New Orleans Catholic League. This multi-part series chronicles the early days of prep athletics, the formation of the league, the heyday of the 50s, 60s & 70s, the league today and a look towards the future. The story is told through narration, interviews, photographs and archival films all captured in stunning high-definition. Glory Days Part I was nominated for an Emmy award for Best Documentary in 2010, and Glory Days Part II premiered in August, 2012. Look for Glory Days Part III in 2013!
We hope that you’ll enjoy our multi-part documentary series Glory Days: The Catholic League of New Orleans. Glory Days represents our biggest locally produced project and we have some great thank-you gifts when you make a pledge to help support LAE. Programs like Glory Days can’t exist without contributions from viewers like you, so please check out these great offers and make a pledge now.