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About Holy Cross

For more than 170 years, Holy Cross School has served the New Orleans community as the premier college preparatory school for young men. Serving boys in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, we have seen generations of students grow from “Boys to Men.” We invite you to join in the brotherhood that is Holy Cross School.

Holy Cross School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school founded in 1849 by the Congregation of Holy Cross to educate young men in the greater New Orleans community. Holy Cross is fully approved by the Louisiana State Department of Education and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a college preparatory school for boys in grades PK-12.

Crux Spes Unica "One Family United by the Cross, Our Only Hope."



The Holy Cross Man

“The Holy Cross Man” is our school code and is recited by students at the beginning of each school day. It’s a rich tradition that defines who we are and what Holy Cross School is all about.

The Holy Cross Man is a refined gentleman who lives by faith. Devoted to his soul's welfare, he reflects often on God. His daily actions are sanctified by prayer, the practice of virtue, and manly piety. Since sanctity is his goal, he has a deep devotion to Our Lord, to Our Lady and to St. Joseph, patron of his school.

The Holy Cross Man is studious. He regards learning as a duty; intellectual perfection as an honor. He knows that his school is his training ground where he must mold himself into a useful man.

The Holy Cross Man is loyal to God and Country. Devotion to his school and his teachers is demonstrated by his cooperation, zeal and spirit. He is a friend of all because he is a member of the Mystical Body of Christ.

In a word, he is a man of faith and honesty, of strength of character through self-mastery, of respect for the Christian family and lawful authority, of leadership in the pursuit of the true, the good and the beautiful - that is the Holy Cross Man.


Alma Mater

Holy Cross Traditions

"Holy Cross We Hail Thee!

Holy Cross, we hail thee, tender, strong and true.
Proudly from thy tower gleams thy gold and blue.
Glory’s crown adorns thee, shining is thy fame.
And our hearts forever praise thy glorious name.
And our hearts forever praise thy glorious name.
Lift the cheering chorus, raise the banners high!
And proudly sing her praises upward to the sky.
Holy Cross, we hail thee,
while the heavens proclaim
Thee and all thy glory, in everlasting fame.
Thee and all thy glory, in everlasting fame."


Fight Song

"Rally, sons of Holy Cross.
Sing her glory, victory or loss.
Praise her gold and blue,
and cheer with voices true.
Rah! Rah! For Holy Cross!
We will fight in every game
Strong of heart and true to her name.
We will ne'er forget her
And we'll cheer her ever
Loyal to Holy Cross!
Cheer, cheer for old Holy Cross.
Cheer her in victory, cheer her in loss.
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
What though the odds be great or be small,
Old Holy Cross will win over all.
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to victory."