Old trophies, T-shirts, yearbooks and other Redemptorist High School memorabilia will soon be available to buy on a website that the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge will launch in the next week.
Bishop Robert Muench announced in December that Redemptorist junior and senior high schools would close at the end of this school year, as it was too difficult to keep the school open with the school’s low enrollment.
The announcement prompted a monthslong backlash and social media campaign from students, parents and alumni who tried to keep the school alive.
Alumni and donors unsuccessfully asked the diocese to give them control of the school, and they unveiled plans to grow its enrollment and make it prosperous in the future.
But the diocese turned down their offer and has followed through with plans to close the school at the end of the year.
For those looking for parting gifts from their alma mater, bids for the Redemptorist memorabilia will start as low as $1, according to the Catholic Commentator. The only trophies that will not be up for bid will be state championship trophies.
All of the money raised will be put in a scholarship fund for students attending Catholic high schools in the diocese, the newspaper reported.
“We recognized there is a great deal of precious materials that are on the grounds now,” Eddie James, a member of the Redemptorist Closing Steering Committee, told the Commentator.
He said they want to put the materials into the hands of people who are connected with and invested in the school and “are trying to identify the fairest way to make that happen.”
The future of the land where Redemptorist is located is also still uncertain, the Commentator reported. It said several people had viewed the school grounds between Christmas and New Year’s and that they are open to leasing a high school or business that would not interfere with the Catholic faith.