Brother Martin Hernandez – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
St. Aloysius HS/Brother Martin HS/NOLA Catholic League
Brother Martin Hernandez arrived in New Orleans in the early 1930s to serve as an educator int he city. He was the principal of St. Aloysius until 1949. He was part of the group which built Cor Jesu High School, which opened in 1954, and also assisted with the building of schools in Baton Rouge, Dallas, New York City, Mobile and even a school in Uganda.
In the sporting arena, Brother Martin worked with Sugar Bowl founder, and Greater New Orleans Sports Hall-of-Famer, Fred Digby to develop the New Orleans Prep League for Catholic, private and public schools. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association as a representative of Catholic, private and public schools of the New Orleans area. He was also responsible for the school’s championship basketball teams.
In September of 1969, when St. Aloysius and Cor Jesu High Schools were consolidated, it was decided that a new name for the school was needed. A near-unanimous vote created the name of Brother Martin High School – the only dissenting vote was from Brother Martin himself.
In 1982, he was selected as the Loyola University Alumnus of the Year and recipient of the Adjutor Hominum Award.
On January 22, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the school, a life-size sculpture of Brother Martin was unveiled on the school’s campus.
Martin Claude Hernandez was born January 16, 1904, in the Ascension Parish town of Valenzuela, which was near the present-day site of Belle Alliance Plantation. He died on August 24, 1991.