Flaget High School Alums
Louisville's Flaget High School has been closed longer than it was in operation, but the school's Alumni Association is still very active.
Located in the West End for 32 years, Flaget (pronounced “fla-zhay”) provided a structured, college-preparatory high school education to students who, for the most part, were sons of blue-collar families. The school, named for the first Catholic bishop of Kentucky, was staffed by Xaverian Brothers who also taught at St. Xavier High.
In the excerpt from KET's "Kentucky Life" program, hear 1956 Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung talk about his memories of the Catholic boys school. Hornung is one of many notable graduates, which also include former University of Louisville football coach Howard Schnellenberger and Major League baseball player Gus Bell. Flaget’s storied past as an athletic powerhouse still looms large in the memory of its graduates.
Flaget closed its doors in 1974. The Flaget High School archives are now housed at the St. Xavier High School campus.
- Program 412
- "Louisville Life" features author Alanna Nash, a Louisvillian who got her start at the Courier-Journal; the remarkable Flaget High School Alumni Association; a professional wrestler turned Louisville business owner; and the history of Louisville’s Jewish Community Center. Plus, meet Barbara Day, publisher of Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine. (#412)