Correction #2: The Red Sox lefty mentioned above was Mel Parnell, not Howie Pollette. Sorry, but names get obscured in the mists of time.
On sports in the early 40's I was only interested in baseball and football so that is
all I can recall. S.J. Peters produced a scrappy little football team, but competing with the bigger schools like Jesuit, Warren Easton and Fortier was difficult for them. Halfbacks were Hal Hoelsher and Johnny White with Morris Cheramie at
fullback. I recall one fine lineman, Ed Champagne. Hoelsher went to Auburn, and Ed excelled at LSU. Peters could play with anybody in baseball. Pitchers
like Pete Modica(side-armer), fastballer like Lil Abner Yochim, slugger like Ed,Red.kid Lavigne. I believe Boston Red Sox great lefty, Howie Pollette, came
from Peters, though he played American Legion baseball and possibly not prep.
In my time S.J. Peters was the designated business or "Commercial "school. The slang expression "Commie High" was commonly used, much to the chagrin
of school authorities. Strong emphysis was put on the proper name, Samuel J.
Peters High School. Also at that time the school was racially segregated and
uni-sexual. The male teachers were called "professor". My favorite was an
English teacher called Professor Henry. I believe he wrote the fight song Shoulder to Shoulder. He also ran the Glee Club, which was particulary popular
at the all-Girl schools. They sang songs of the time and did vaudville skits. One
I remember is "Gallagher and Sheen". Professor Henry was a wonderfully gifted teacher and enjoyed a great rapport with the student body. I hope that he was
recognized and honored.
Correction: The principal was Mr.Authur J. Scott, not Mr. Peters. Sorry about
I attended Peters HS in 1939,40,and 41 before moving to Houston, joining the
Navy, WWII, etc. Black and Gold is Correct. I know the lyrics to "Shoulder to
Shoulder",our fight song. Also I remember the names of star athletes, etc. Mr.
Peters was short, stout, dignified. His hobby was woodworking. He diied of
accidental electrocution at his workshop at home. He was loved by everyone.
Obviously, I'm 86 y.o., but if you need more info, email me at I'll try to assist.
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