For the past decade, John Pukala worked as the Athletic and Activities Director for Hazelwood Central High School. At some point during the past 30 years, John has also coached baseball, golf and football at the high school. John has an excellent reputation among area athletic directors and can step in and continue Kevin Robert's good work.
Welcome to De Smet Jesuit Athletics
At De Smet Jesuit High School, we believe athletics are an extension of the classroom, and we encourage student involvement as players, managers or fans. De Smet Jesuit's athletic program has had a proud tradition of excellence since the first Spartan teams took the field in 1967. Since that time, De Smet Jesuit has amassed 52 state championships in MSHSAA and club competition. Perhaps even more impressive is that 15 of the 19 sports offered at De Smet Jesuit have won at least one state championship.
More than 72% of De Smet Jesuit students participate in at least one of 19 sports (baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, hockey, inline hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo and wrestling). A total of 52 teams don the Spartan uniform each year at the freshmen, sophomore, junior varsity and varsity levels, with each sport season offering at least one "no-cut" sport.
Spartan athletes compete in LaBarge Stadium, which features FieldTurf and a Mondo track surface, a baseball stadium that is one of the finest high school facilities in the area and the school's gymnasium.
De Smet Jesuit is a proud member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), adhering to the bylaws adopted by the member schools. De Smet Jesuit fully endorses the MSHSAA philosophy that interscholastic activities are an integral and complementary aspect of education.
As a charter member of the Metro Catholic Conference (along with Chaminade College Preparatory, Christian Brothers College High, St. Louis University High and St. John Vianney High), De Smet Jesuit has won the MCC All-Sports Trophy 11 times in the 21 years of the conference's existence. Conference championships are awarded in 11 sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling.
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