Donald “Doc” Moore
Donald “Doc” Moore was born in Houma, Louisiana. Coach Moore attended high school in New Orleans and was a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in New Orleans. Donald Moore was a star player on the 1947 Booker T. Washington LIALO AAA State Championship Team. This team was undefeated, untied and unscored on! This was a tremendous feat and it has not been duplicated again in Louisiana High School football.
The 1947 team was recognized in a Times Picayune news article written by Bob Roesler in the Times Picayune on January 27, 1991. The 1947 team also won the LIALO City and State football championships in 1948 and 1949. Donald Moore was appointed Co-Captain of the 1948 team and Captain of the 1949 team. Coach Moore was a leader and his leadership skills were recognized early in his high school years. He was a football letterman at Booker T. Washington for four consecutive years.
Legendary Grambling football coach, Eddie Robinson, recruited and awarded a four-year football scholarship to Donald Moore to attend Grambling College. (later Grambling State University).
Coach Moore received his bachelor’s degree from Grambling. He lettered four consecutive years at Grambling and Coach Robinson named him captain of the football team in his senior year in 1953. Doc received his master’s degree from Prairie View A& M University in 1973.
Coach Moore worked in Wisner La. at Wisner-Gilbert High School for three years after graduating from Grambling. He then moved to the greater New Orleans area and became the head basketball coach at Violet Consolidated High School in Violet, Louisiana (St. Bernard Parish). His basketball teams won 12 consecutive LIALO District Championships, two Zone Championships, and one State Runner-Up Title.
Coach Moore later became the head coach for the junior varsity basketball team at St. Bernard High School after Violet Consolidated High School closed. His teams won sixty games and lost three games in three years.
After his retirement, the St. Bernard Parish School Board unanimously proclaimed that the gymnasium at W. Smith Jr. Elementary School (the former Violet Consolidated High School) be renamed and known officially as the Donald “Doc” Moore Gymnasium. This renaming was done in recognition of his outstanding leadership as a coach, mentor, and friend to the young men of the Violet and St. Bernard communities. Coach Moore was well respected, a tough competitor and a great role model for the youth in St. Bernard Parish.