Flaget High no longer exists, but that doesn't mean school pride has faded into history. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Steve Crump (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Nina Moseley (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Nina Moseley and Steve Crump in their Flaget yearbook photos. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A storied school with a lasting legacy will be celebrated this weekend. Alumni from across the nation will be in Louisville for Flaget High School's 40th reunion.
Flaget High no longer exists, but that doesn't mean school pride has faded into history.
Just like the hardware marking athletic accomplishments from yesteryear, there's a sparkle when Flaget alumni reminisce.
"Before there were the athletic football dynasties of Trinity and St. X, there was Flaget," Steve Crump said.
Flaget's football team won the school's first state championship in 1949. Soon, the school's enrollment reached 1,012 - making it one of the largest Catholic boys' high schools in Kentucky.
The Braves would go on to win football state championships in 1952, 1958, 1961, and 1967. Flaget won state championships in basketball in 1960, and track in 1961, and its 1963 cross-country team won the Southern Interscholastic Championship, according to the Flaget Alumni Association.
Alums include University of Louisville football coach Howard Schnellenberger and 1956 Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung.
During its last year, the school admitted female students for the first time.
"I don't think the boys were really happy the girls were coming in. We pretty much upset their apple cart," Nina Moseley said.
Moseley was one of eighteen students from Loretto High School, an all-girls Catholic school which had closed the previous year because of financial difficulties.
Increased enrollment from Loretto couldn't save Flaget. The school closed after the class of 74' graduated.
"There was not a lot of cohesiveness then, but now it's 40 years later and that was our graduating class. We feel like we were part of it and a lot of the guys feel like we were apart of them as well," Moseley said.
Moseley and Crump were among the final students to walk the halls at Flaget.
"To have attended Flaget and to be in that environment, it was just amazing because of the time period in this community, the history in this community and perhaps what they demonstrated athletically and academically," Crump said.
Today, the brick and mortar building located at Southwestern Parkway and River Park Drive is a senior citizens apartment building.
The class of '74 will host their 40th reunion Saturday, July 12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.