Saint Stanislaus College

St. Stanislaus College (SSC) is a Catholic day and boarding school for boys in grades 7–12. It has been owned and operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart order since 1854.

Saint Stanislaus College
Saint Stanislaus College logo.jpg
304 South Beach Boulevard

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United States
Coordinates30°18′24″N 89°19′44″W / 30.30667°N 89.32889°W / 30.30667; -89.32889Coordinates: 30°18′24″N 89°19′44″W / 30.30667°N 89.32889°W / 30.30667; -89.32889
TypePrivate, Day & Boarding school
Motto"Men of Character"
Religious affiliation(s)Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Roman Catholic
PresidentBrother Barry Landry
PrincipalGary Blackburn
Dean of StudentsDr. Tim Holland
Color(s)Red and Black   
Team nameThe Rock-a-Chaws
RivalBay High
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
YearbookThe White Cap
AffiliationNational Catholic Educational Association[1]
Athletic DirectorStace McRaney
Campus Ministry & Student RetreatsJoseph Rivera

It is located about an hour's drive outside New Orleans in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. The institution is named after Saint Stanislaus Kostka, who is the Patron Saint of youth, young students, and seminarians. It takes in day and boarding students from grades 7-12. It was founded in 1854 by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The school mascot is the "Rock-A-Chaw."


In 1854 the Brothers of the Sacred Heart bought land for the foundation of a boarding school. Two years previously Brothers Basile Venable, Leo Maligne, and Joseph Deimer came to Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi from France to teach in the boy's parish school fulfilling the desire of Father Stanislaus Buteux of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. In late 1854 the Father petitioned superior general of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart (Brother Polycarp) for more teachers that a boarding school could be started. In response Brothers Eusebe Gulonnier, Ephrem Flechet and George Leydier were sent.

The land bought by the brothers cost $4000. The first school building built on this land cost $3800. The school was named after Father Stanislaus and was placed under the protection of Saint Stanislaus Kostka. The first president of the school was Brother Athanasius.

When the Civil War erupted a few years later, some students left to join the army, but at least one student was forcibly brought back by his mother. Before the war was over, the Union army arrived in Bay Saint Louis marching down the road that ran alongside the campus, giving it its current name of Union Street.

Saint Stanislaus College Rock-a-Chaw


The mission of Saint Stanislaus, a Catholic resident and day school for young men, is to form each student to Gospel values by nurturing his spiritual, academic, and physical growth in a place of sanctuary structured to embody the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.


The Saint Stanislaus College Rock-A-Chaws field teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, powerlifting, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field. Since 2014, the Stanislaus athletic teams have won a total of ten State Championships.

Notable clubs and organizationsEdit

  • Band
  • Cheerleading
  • Drama Club
  • International Club
  • Key Club
  • Magic Club
  • Math & Science Team
  • Math Club/Math Counts
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Honor Society
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Radio Club
  • RC Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Student Council
  • Student Ministry
  • Yearbook
  • Environmental Club
  • Service Hour Team (SHOUT)

Rock-a-chaw mascotEdit

Rock-a-chaw comes from an old Choctaw Indian word meaning devil grass and today is also known as sandbur (Cenchrus L.). Several species are common in the area, especially coastal sandbur. "Rock-a-chaw" was the name give to the hard, spiny, globose or oval bur of the plant. It is covered with stiff spines, which stick to fur and clothing and can be quite difficult to extract. The burs can also be quite painful when landed on such as during football games. They littered the playing fields and campus before these areas were tilled and seeded with grass. During sporting events, it was not uncommon for the students to do their best to remove the many burs from the playing fields where the prickly weeds grew in the sandy soil that is common for the Gulf Coast area. Sometimes students would drag blankets made of wool across the fields. Because the rock-a-chaws had small spikes, they clung to the wool. This aided in quicker removal of the rock-a-chaws from the playing fields.

Camp StanislausEdit

Camp Stanislaus, founded in 1928 by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, is a resident and day summer camp for boys and girls ages eight to fifteen. The camp hosts many different activities, including: sailing, water-skiing, archery, hobbies, kayaks, canoes, swimming, gym, tennis, basketball, pool, art, weightlifting, volleyball, marine science, bonfires, fishing, movies, soccer, barbecues, skit nights, paddle boarding, karaoke, shows, beach activities, and much more. Current director Sam Doescher earned Camp Stanislaus a spot within the American Camp Association. Under his leadership, Camp Stanislaus became co-ed, as has set record numbers for attendance.

Notable alumniEdit

Hurricane KatrinaEdit

Hurricane Katrina had a huge impact on Saint Stanislaus and its surrounding neighborhood. Katrina destroyed many buildings, including the first floor of the main school building and dormitory.[3] The school was closed for two months. Saint Stanislaus, along with its next door neighbor Our Lady Academy, an all-girl Biloxi diocesan Catholic school, resumed classes together on November 1, 2005, on the Saint Stanislaus campus and operated jointly for the remainder of the 2005–2006 school year. In August 2006, Our Lady Academy resumed operations on its own campus, sharing some classes with Saint Stanislaus as it had done prior to Hurricane Katrina. Since 2005, Saint Stanislaus has renovated most of its campus buildings including its famous 1,000 foot fishing pier (2010), a new band hall (2007), a new cafeteria (2010), remodeled gym (2006), remodeled rec halls, classrooms and offices (2014), remodeled dormitory (2014 and in progress), remodeled baseball and football fields (2013 & 2014), remodeled library (2015), and remodeled physics and chemistry labs (2017 & 2018).


  1. ^ NCEA. "NCEA School Locator". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  2. ^ AdvancED. "AdvancED-Find Accredited Institutions". Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  3. ^ "Hurricane Katrina Related Damages to Public Libraries in Mississippi" (list), Mississippi Library Commission, September 2005, webpage: ALA-Katrina Archived 2007-10-31 at the Wayback Machine

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