Mary-Louise Parker is an American actress and writer. After making her stage debut as Rita in a Broadway production of Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss in 1990, Parker came to prominence for film roles in Grand Canyon, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Client, Bullets over Broadway, Boys on the Side, The Portrait of a Lady, The Maker. Among stage and independent film appearances thereafter, Parker received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Catherine Llewellyn in David Auburn's Proof in 2001, among other accolades. Between 2001 and 2006, she recurred as Amy Gardner on the NBC television series The West Wing, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2002, she received both the Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Harper Pitt on the acclaimed HBO television miniseries Angels in America in 2003. Parker went on to enjoy large success as Nancy Botwin, the lead role on the television series Weeds, which ran from 2005 to 2012 and for which she received three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series between 2007 and 2009 and received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2006.
Her film appearances include roles in The Spiderwick Chronicles, Red, R. I. P. D. and Red 2. Since 2007, Parker has contributed articles to Esquire magazine and published her memoir, Dear Mr. You, in 2015. In 2017, she starred as Roma Guy on the ABC television miniseries. In 2018, she appeared as a political consultant in the show Billions on Showtime. Parker was born in Fort South Carolina; the youngest of four children, she is the daughter of Caroline Louise and John Morgan Parker, a judge who served in the U. S. Army, her ancestry includes Swedish, Scottish, Irish and Dutch. Because of her father's career, Parker spent parts of her childhood in Tennessee and Texas, as well as in Thailand and France, she described her childhood as "profoundly unhappy," further noting that, "My parents did everything they could. She graduated from Marcos de Niza High School in Arizona. Parker majored in drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated in 1986. Parker got her start in acting with a role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope.
In the late 1980s, Parker moved to New York. After a few minor roles, she made her Broadway debut in a production of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss, playing the lead role of Rita, in 1990, she moved with the production. Parker was nominated for a Tony Award. In 1989 she was in the film Longtime Companion, a film starring Campbell Scott, Bruce Davison and Dermot Mulroney about the emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic. Parker starred with Kevin Kline in Grand Canyon. Parker's next role was in a movie adaptation of another Craig Lucas play, alongside Mia Farrow, followed by Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady, which starred Nicole Kidman, Viggo Mortensen, Christian Bale, John Malkovich and Barbara Hershey. In addition, she appeared alongside Matthew Modine in Tim Hunter's The Maker. Parker's theater career continued when she appeared in Paula Vogel's 1997 critical smash How I Learned to Drive, with David Morse. In the late 1990s, she appeared in several independent films, including Let the Devil Wear Black and The Five Senses.
She starred alongside Sidney Poitier in the 1999 movie The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. On December 7, 2003, HBO aired a six-and-a-half-hour adaptation of Tony Kushner's acclaimed Broadway play Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. Parker played the Mormon Valium-addicted wife of a closeted lawyer. For her performance, Parker received the Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award, both for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film. In 2004, Parker appeared in the comedy Saved! and a television film called Miracle Run, based on the true story of a mother of two sons with autism, as well as appearing in the lead role in Craig Lucas' Reckless on Broadway. The production, directed by Mark Brokaw, earned Parker another nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actress in 2005. In November 2005, Parker was the subject of a career exhibition at Boston University, where memorabilia from her career were donated to the University's library. In 2006, Parker received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for her lead role in Weeds.
In that category, she defeated the four leads of Desperate Housewives. She dedicated the award to the late John Spencer, known for his work as Leo McGarry on The West Wing. After receiving the award, Parker stated: "I'm in favor of legalizing marijuana. I don't think it's that controversial." In March 2007, Parker played the lead role in the television film The Robber Bride. She portrayed Zerelda Mimms in the Andrew Dominik film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which opened in cinemas in September 2007. Parker appeared alongside Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Ro
New Orleans is a consolidated city-parish located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern region of the U. S. state of Louisiana. With an estimated population of 393,292 in 2017, it is the most populous city in Louisiana. A major port, New Orleans is considered an economic and commercial hub for the broader Gulf Coast region of the United States. New Orleans is world-renowned for its distinct music, Creole cuisine, unique dialect, its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras; the historic heart of the city is the French Quarter, known for its French and Spanish Creole architecture and vibrant nightlife along Bourbon Street. The city has been described as the "most unique" in the United States, owing in large part to its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. Founded in 1718 by French colonists, New Orleans was once the territorial capital of French Louisiana before being traded to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. New Orleans in 1840 was the third-most populous city in the United States, it was the largest city in the American South from the Antebellum era until after World War II.
The city's location and flat elevation have made it vulnerable to flooding. State and federal authorities have installed a complex system of levees and drainage pumps in an effort to protect the city. New Orleans was affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which resulted in flooding more than 80% of the city, thousands of deaths, so much displacement because of damaged communities and lost housing as to cause a population decline of over 50%. Since Katrina, major redevelopment efforts have led to a rebound in the city's population. Concerns about gentrification, new residents buying property in closely knit communities, displacement of longtime residents have been expressed; the city and Orleans Parish are coterminous. As of 2017, Orleans Parish is the third most-populous parish in Louisiana, behind East Baton Rouge Parish and neighboring Jefferson Parish; the city and parish are bounded by St. Tammany Parish and Lake Pontchartrain to the north, St. Bernard Parish and Lake Borgne to the east, Plaquemines Parish to the south, Jefferson Parish to the south and west.
The city anchors the larger New Orleans metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 1,275,762 in 2017. It is the most populous metropolitan area in Louisiana and the 46th-most populated MSA in the United States; the city is named after the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent for Louis XV from 1715 to 1723. It has many illustrative nicknames: Crescent City alludes to the course of the Lower Mississippi River around and through the city; the Big Easy was a reference by musicians in the early 20th century to the relative ease of finding work there. It may have originated in the Prohibition era, when the city was considered one big speakeasy due to the government's inability to control alcohol sales, in open violation of the 18th Amendment; the City that Care Forgot has been used since at least 1938, refers to the outwardly easy-going, carefree nature of the residents. La Nouvelle-Orléans was founded in the Spring of 1718 by the French Mississippi Company, under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, on land inhabited by the Chitimacha.
It was named for Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of the Kingdom of France at the time. His title came from the French city of Orléans; the French colony was ceded to the Spanish Empire in the Treaty of Paris, following France's defeat by Great Britain in the Seven Years' War. During the American Revolutionary War, New Orleans was an important port for smuggling aid to the rebels, transporting military equipment and supplies up the Mississippi River. Beginning in the 1760s, Filipinos began to settle around New Orleans. Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Count of Gálvez launched a southern campaign against the British from the city in 1779. Nueva Orleans remained under Spanish control until 1803, when it reverted to French rule. Nearly all of the surviving 18th-century architecture of the Vieux Carré dates from the Spanish period, notably excepting the Old Ursuline Convent. Napoleon sold Louisiana to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Thereafter, the city grew with influxes of Americans, French and Africans.
Immigrants were Irish, Germans and Italians. Major commodity crops of sugar and cotton were cultivated with slave labor on nearby large plantations. Thousands of refugees from the 1804 Haitian Revolution, both whites and free people of color, arrived in New Orleans. While Governor Claiborne and other officials wanted to keep out additional free black people, the French Creoles wanted to increase the French-speaking population; as more refugees were allowed into the Territory of Orleans, Haitian émigrés who had first gone to Cuba arrived. Many of the white Francophones had been deported by officials in Cuba in retaliation for Bonapartist schemes. Nearly 90 percent of these immigrants settled in New Orleans; the 1809 migration brought 2,731 whites, 3,102 free people of color, 3,226 slaves of African descent, doubling the city's population. The city became a greater proportion than Charleston, South Carolina's 53 percent. During the final campaign of the War of 1812, the British sent a force of 11,000 in a
Louisiana is a state in the Deep South region of the South Central United States. It is the 25th most populous of the 50 United States. Louisiana is bordered by the state of Texas to the west, Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the south. A large part of its eastern boundary is demarcated by the Mississippi River. Louisiana is the only U. S. state with political subdivisions termed parishes. The state's capital is Baton Rouge, its largest city is New Orleans. Much of the state's lands were formed from sediment washed down the Mississippi River, leaving enormous deltas and vast areas of coastal marsh and swamp; these contain a rich southern biota. There are many species of tree frogs, fish such as sturgeon and paddlefish. In more elevated areas, fire is a natural process in the landscape, has produced extensive areas of longleaf pine forest and wet savannas; these support an exceptionally large number of plant species, including many species of terrestrial orchids and carnivorous plants.
Louisiana has more Native American tribes than any other southern state, including four that are federally recognized, ten that are state recognized, four that have not received recognition. Some Louisiana urban environments have a multicultural, multilingual heritage, being so influenced by a mixture of 18th-century French, Spanish, Native American, African cultures that they are considered to be exceptional in the US. Before the American purchase of the territory in 1803, present-day Louisiana State had been both a French colony and for a brief period a Spanish one. In addition, colonists imported numerous African people as slaves in the 18th century. Many came from peoples of the same region of West Africa. In the post-Civil War environment, Anglo-Americans increased the pressure for Anglicization, in 1921, English was for a time made the sole language of instruction in Louisiana schools before a policy of multilingualism was revived in 1974. There has never been an official language in Louisiana, the state constitution enumerates "the right of the people to preserve and promote their respective historic and cultural origins."
Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, King of France from 1643 to 1715. When René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle claimed the territory drained by the Mississippi River for France, he named it La Louisiane; the suffix -ana is a Latin suffix that can refer to "information relating to a particular individual, subject, or place." Thus Louis + ana carries the idea of "related to Louis." Once part of the French Colonial Empire, the Louisiana Territory stretched from present-day Mobile Bay to just north of the present-day Canada–United States border, including a small part of what is now the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Gulf of Mexico did not exist 250 million years ago when there was but one supercontinent, Pangea; as Pangea split apart, the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico opened. Louisiana developed, over millions of years, from water into land, from north to south; the oldest rocks are exposed in areas such as the Kisatchie National Forest. The oldest rocks date back to the early Cenozoic Era, some 60 million years ago.
The history of the formation of these rocks can be found in D. Spearing's Roadside Geology of Louisiana; the youngest parts of the state were formed during the last 12,000 years as successive deltas of the Mississippi River: the Maringouin, Teche, St. Bernard, the modern Mississippi, now the Atchafalaya; the sediments were carried from north to south by the Mississippi River. In between the Tertiary rocks of the north, the new sediments along the coast, is a vast belt known as the Pleistocene Terraces, their age and distribution can be related to the rise and fall of sea levels during past ice ages. In general, the northern terraces have had sufficient time for rivers to cut deep channels, while the newer terraces tend to be much flatter. Salt domes are found in Louisiana, their origin can be traced back to the early Gulf of Mexico, when the shallow ocean had high rates of evaporation. There are several hundred salt domes in the state. Salt domes are important not only as a source of salt. Louisiana is bordered to the west by Texas.
The state may properly be divided into two parts, the uplands of the north, the alluvial along the coast. The alluvial region includes low swamp lands, coastal marshlands and beaches, barrier islands that cover about 20,000 square miles; this area lies principally along the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River, which traverses the state from north to south for a distance of about 600 mi ) and empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The breadth of the alluvial region along the Mississippi is from 10 to 60 miles, along the other rivers, the alluvial region averages about 10 miles across; the Mississippi River flows along a ridge formed by its own natural deposits, from which the lands decline toward a river beyond at an average fall of six feet per mile. The alluvial lands along other streams present similar features; the higher and contiguous hill lands of the north and northwestern part of the state have an area of more than 25,000 square miles. They consist of prairie and woodl
Life, Animated is a 2016 American documentary by director Roger Ross Williams. It is co-produced by Williams with Carolyn Hepburn and Christopher Clements. Life, Animated is based on journalist Ron Suskind's 2014 book Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks and Autism, which tells the story of his son, Owen Suskind who struggled with autism and learned how to communicate with the outside world through his love of Disney films. Upon its release, the film received rave reviews from critics and won numerous awards including the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Direction and the Special Achievement Annie Award, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature category at the 89th Academy Awards, but lost to O. J.: Made in America. Owen Suskind was a boy of considerable promise, until he's diagnosed with autism at the age of 3; as Owen withdrew into his silent state, his parents lost hope that he would find some way to meaningfully interact with his world. However, that way was found through animated films ones by Walt Disney Animation Studios, which provided Owen a way to understand the world through its stories to the point of creating his own and grew obsessed with despite owning some non-Disney movies, too.
This film covers the life of Owen and how he manages to become as functional as possible with the help of Disney and his family to the point of having his own life. However, Owen soon learns as well that there is more to real life, such as relationships and breakups, than what Disney can illustrate in animation as his family prepares itself for an uncertain future with him. Jonathan Freeman – voice of Jafar Gilbert Gottfried – voice of Iago Alan Rosenblatt Owen Suskind Ron Suskind The animation is done by Mac Guff, which worked on Illumination Entertainment films such as Despicable Me and The Lorax. To secure the rights for the clips and characters used in the film, Williams showed the unfinished product to the heads of department put together by Disney Productions president Sean Bailey. Roger refers to it; the films selected for the film were "100% Suskind". The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 93% approval rating based on 103 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Life, Animated offers a heartwarming look at one family's journey, a fascinating message that's more than enough to outweigh its unanswered questions."
On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 75 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The Guardian's critic Lanre Bakare praised the film and said, "It's a beguiling mix of animated storytelling and narration that doesn't flinch from exploring the emotional highs and lows that accompany a life with autism." Kenneth Turan of LA Times lauded the film and said, " spent two years on this project, the trust everyone involved placed in him allowed for an emotional honesty, Life, Animated's greatest strength." Writing for Variety, Justin Chang wrote, "This latest film from Roger Ross Williams teems with insights into how children's fantasy can and can't bridge a developmental gap, but works on an more basic, emotional level as a warm testament to a family's love and resilience." The Hollywood Reporter's Duane Byrge called it "a documentary gem." Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post positively reviewed the series and said, "Life, Animated makes fascinating points, about the power of cinema, about meeting our loved ones where they are and, as Ron says, about who gets to decide what constitutes a meaningful life" Rolling Stone's chief film critic Peter Travers said, "In no way does Owen's story claim to be a cure-all.
Instead of false hope, it offers up possibility, the chance of a stimulus that might get past the blocks of developmental disorder. That's more than encouraging. Life, Animated is inspirational."Writing for The A. V. Club, Noel Murray said, "On the list of Disney-related 2016 releases about child-rearing and handicaps, this one goes just above "Finding Dory." What it lacks in wacky hijinks, it makes up in hard truths." Reviewing for RogerEbert.com, film critic Sheila O'Malley wrote, "Powerful and emotional, without being manipulative. It is inspiring, without trying to be, it is honest about Owen's struggles, the struggles of his family." Entertainment Weekly's, Joe McGovern lauded the series saying, "The Suskinds' humongous hearts are in the right place and their openness is to be admired and encouraged - if a book, more than a movie, remains the better venue to and tell Owen's extraordinary story." Kyle Smith of New York Post explained, "Life, Animated oversimplifies the situation, contriving to use endless clips from Disney movies to make a case that movie magic can better people's lives.
By the end of the movie it's clear that Disney can't help Owen negotiate sex, breakups or many other challenges he faces as an adult."Some publications however were more critical towards the film. In a lukewarm review of Empire David Parkinson wrote, "A touch twee at times, but the use of classic and original animation is admirable, while Owen emerges as the king of sidekicks." Film critic Anthony Lane of The New Yorker said, "Owen has made immense progress, to which Life, Animated is a stirring tribute, yet it leaves a trail of questions unanswered or unasked." The New York Times's Jeannette Catsoulis quipped, "Belaboring the cartoon connection, the director leaves the family struggles that enrich Mr. Suskind's 2014 book of the same title stubbornly veiled." In a less enthusiastic review for Slant Magazine Clayton Dillard stated, "It never addresses Disney's wholly manufactured stranglehold on turning adolescent
Best Kept Secret (film)
Best Kept Secret is a 2013 documentary film, directed by Samantha Buck and produced by Danielle DiGiacomo. The film aired as part of POV on PBS and focuses on a special education teacher who must find her students a place in the real world as they prepare to leave the public school system; the documentary follows one of the classes attending JFK High School in Newark, New Jersey, as they prepare for graduation. In a year and a half they will graduate from the public school system and go on to their next stage of life. What makes Janet Mino's class different from some others is that she teaches special needs students and some might find it difficult to move on to things that others without disabilities would find easier to accomplish. During filming Buck received no interference from the principal of the high school and found the school and its staff accommodating, she chose to use the class's teacher, Mino, as the documentary's storytelling vehicle, as they viewed her as "the thread that pulled all of those stories together".
She and DiGiacomo felt that "The best way to get people to care about a social issue that they might not have a personal relationship with is to get them to be involved and to care about people so by telling a story where you care about Mino and her amazing experience — she's so expressive and the guys have good personalities and you care about them — I felt like, the best way to get people connected."Best Kept Secret was executive produced by Paul Bernon, Sean Curran, Daniella Kahane, Scott Mosier. Critical reception for Best Kept Secret has been overwhelmingly positive and the movie holds a rating of 100 on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, it was a New York Times Critics Pick. Variety praised the documentary for focusing on minority groups with disabilities such as autism as opposed to "white, middle-class children" and the contrast in the options available to the minority groups; the Los Angeles Times commented that the movie "unfolds with limited on-screen explanatory text and no expert talking heads, inserting the viewer into the overwhelming experience of teaching, parenting being an underprivileged young adult with autism.""Best Kept Secret" was one of five nominees for the Gotham Independent Film Awards' Audience Award and the winner of a 2013 Peabody Award.
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Marathon (2005 film)
Marathon is a 2005 South Korean film directed by Jeong Yoon-cheol, starring Cho Seung-woo and Kim Mi-sook. It received 5,148,022 admissions, making it the 4th most attended Korean film of 2005. Based on the true story of Bae Hyeong-jin, an autistic marathon runner, the film popularized the South Korean term for autism which can be translated as "self-closed syndrome." A young man with autism, named Cho-won, finds release only in running. As a child, Cho-won had meltdowns, bit himself, struggled to communicate with others—finding solace only in zebras and the Korean snack, choco pie, his mother never was determined to prove to the world that her child can achieve. As Cho-won gets older, he begins to find a passion for running and his mother is there to encourage and support him. Though their family suffers from financial difficulties, they find a former marathon champion, Jung-wook — now a lethargic older man with an alcohol problem. Jung-wook, serving community service hours as a physical education teacher for a DUI, grudgingly accepts the offer to train Cho-won in marathon running, but becomes lazy with him.
The coach takes Cho-won's snack, takes Cho-won to a jjimjilbang to relax. Though Jung-wook slacks off most of the time, Cho-won's determination for running is firm, he takes third place in a 10 km running race, which causes his mother to set another goal for her son: to run a full marathon under three hours. This is not an easy task, however, as Cho-won doesn't know how to pace himself. Therefore, his mother pleads the coach to run with Cho-won in order to teach him how to pace his running; the movie shows the emotional struggles of a mother, not sure if she is forcing her son to run or if it is his passion. The movie further shows deep love and genuine purity through Cho-won. Cho Seung-woo - Cho-won Kim Mi-sook - Kyeong-sook, Cho-won's mother Lee Ki-young - Jung-wook Baek Sung-hyun - Yun Jung-won Ahn Nae-sang - Cho-won's father A Japanese drama remake of the same title aired on TBS on September 20, 2007, it starred Ninomiya Kazunari in the lead role. Official website Marathon at the Korean Movie Database Marathon on IMDb Marathon at HanCinema
Holy Cross School (New Orleans)
Holy Cross School is a high school, middle school, primary school serving grades pre-k -12 founded in 1849 by the Congregation of Holy Cross in New Orleans, Louisiana. The main founder of Holy Cross is Blessed Father Basil Moreau, beatified on September 15, 2007. Holy Cross High was named St. Isidore's College. Holy Cross School is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. In 1849 the Brothers and Sisters of Holy Cross arrived in New Orleans, after having established the University of Notre Dame in South Bend and took over an orphanage for the boys and girls who survived a plague; this orphanage, along with the first Ursuline School for Girls, was destroyed to make room for the 1923 Industrial Canal. In 1871 Holy Cross moved to its historic site, a farm named St. Isidore's farm, 4950 Dauphine Street, built a renowned "collegiate-styled campus" and established in 1879 its current school, bordered by the high Mississippi River levee; this area has since become a Federal Historic District known as the "Holy Cross Historic District".
First chartered by the State of Louisiana in 1890, the name was changed to Holy Cross in 1895 when the present Administration Building was dedicated. A boarding program, which continued until 1973, attracted as many as 150 students annually from across the South as well as from Central and South America.≠ With Hurricane Katrina, the campus, like the majority of the city, was flooded by the Levee failures on the Industrial Canal and levee "over-topped" by storm surge along the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet that destroyed St. Bernard Parish and Eastern New Orleans and Greater New Orleans in August 2005; the school has relocated to 5500 Paris Avenue, the campuses of the former St. Francis Cabrini Parish and Redeemer-Seton High School on Paris Avenue between Filmore and Prentiss Avenue in the Gentilly/7th Ward neighborhood of New Orleans. Demolition of the various structures which once stood has been completed; this is one of the many steps in the construction of the new location, now Holy Cross High School.
The state of the art high school, middle school, administration building have been completed. The Advisory Committee of the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries informed Holy Cross School that it has been chosen to receive a $50,000 grant to purchase books for the school's library, she attended Holy Cross on Thursday, April 19, 2007 to present the 14 grantees in Mississippi and Louisiana, including Holy Cross, with the donation. Holy Cross School is now in the process of building a new campus on Paris Avenue in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. Buildings that have been completed include the Middle and High School buildings, with the Administration building coming online in January 2010; the campus will be covered by wireless internet, with all security and maintenance maintained through computer automation. Buildings now in construction include the school's enormous gymnasium, as well as the maintenance building; the gymnasium will house an indoor basketball court with stadium seating, a full-size indoor track, collegiate level locker rooms, weight rooms, several practice rooms for karate and wrestling, along with a snack area and band rehearsal floor.
The maintenance building houses the chillers for the entire school's air conditioning system, consisting of four 400ton chillers. All systems are automated with remote control access by internet. Additionally, the school hopes to complete a chapel, pool building, along with a separate performing arts center and cafeteria. In the future to school hopes to cap its size at 1000-1200 enrollees in a few years. Holy Cross School has risen since its near destruction to have one of the most sophisticated campuses, with technology implemented into its school curriculum. All students are issued laptops individually to use at school and at home; this necessitates having a wireless campus covering over 18 acres. Using cutting edge Dell and Cisco servers, the school maintains full automation of all maintenance systems on campus, with remote access control; the school partners with many providers to provide email, wireless printing, multimedia resources, sophisticated equipment to all its faculty and staff.
Additionally, the new campus features Smart boards in all classrooms with all systems networked throughout the buildings. Maintenance wise, all air handlers, thermostats and security features are remotely monitored and controlled with full automation by computers; this high-level ability has been built up with the heavy support of Headmaster Charles DiGange and Jerry Arnone, the school's IT Director. Holy Cross School fields competitors in many sports; the school offers soccer, football, tennis, bowling, swimming, power lifting and field, cross country. Holy Cross competes in Class 4A of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Holy Cross football vs. Jesuit football is one of the oldest continuous high school rivalry in Louisiana; the first game was played in 1922. The two teams have played every year since, including twice in 1963; the Tigers have had a long rivalry with Chalmette High School, owing to Holy Cross' former location in the Lower 9th Ward and its large student population from neighboring St. Bernard Parish.
Chalmette and Holy Cross were rivals in the New Orleans Catholic League from 1968 through 1988. Ho