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St. Augustine High School is a prestigious private Catholic school for young black men in New Orleans. The Purple Knights Class of 1965 is one of St. Augustine's most distinguished groups of graduates. It includes businessman Danny Bakewell, the former owner of New Orleans radio station WBOK and now owner and publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper. Restaurateur Wayne Baquet's family owns and operates Lil'Dizzy's Cafe, which was visited by former President George W. Bush. Furnell Chatman became the first African-American hired by a New Orleans television news station and the first black person to anchor a TV newscast in Louisiana. Rhaoul Guillaume founded the engineering firm GOTECH and worked on construction of the Superdome. Joseph Ortique served as Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department. Paul Valteau was elected Orleans Parish Civil Sheriff and held that post for more than twenty-five years. St. Aug's alumni from 1965 include civic leaders, doctors, lawyers, educators, businessmen, and others who have carried their high school banner into success across the country.

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