The 1949 Dutchtown High School state championship football team will be honored later this month as the community honors its rich football history.
Robert Braud, one of the event organizers and the grandson of the 1949 coach Harry Braud Sr., said the planned activities are a way to “bring the old and new Dutchtown together.”
He said many longtime Dutchtown residents have little connection to the current high school, which opened in 2002, and some new residents don’t know about the school’s rich history.
Braud, 44, attended Dutchtown as a youth but graduated from East Ascension High School.
“It’s all about connecting folks from the old team with today’s team,” he said.
Dutchtown High School, which dates back to the early 1900s, closed it doors in 1966 when four east bank high school were consolidated into East Ascension High School.
The school, known for its academics and athletic teams, won state football championships in 1942 and 1949, Braud said.
Back then, the team was known as the Eagles. Today’s team has a Griffin as its mascot.
The 1949 team included 23 members, with 10 still living.
Braud and organizers have contacted the 10 living team members and are looking for relatives of the 13 deceased players.
The team will be honored during an Oct. 16 dinner with the current Dutchtown football team.
On Oct. 17, the 1949 team members and family members of the deceased players will have reserved parking and seating for the football game and be honored during a halftime ceremony.
Braud said plans are already underway for to celebrate the 1942 team next year. He said Dutchtown Middle School and Dutchtown High School are joining forces for the 2015 celebration.
Anyone with information about the 13 deceased players can call Kim Braud at (225) 439-5234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.