NFL Donates to Renovate Historic Fox Field
A huge thank you goes out to the NFL Foundation, ESPN, and the New Orleans Saints for their generous donations to renovate Fox Field. The practice field is a historic part of the Felix “Zoo” James Athletic Training Complex at Landry-Walker. A re-dedication ceremony of Fox Field to Coach James will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Coach Felix “Zoo” James was an educator, humanitarian, mentor, and athletic coach. James joined L. B. Landry High School in 1951, where he served as a teacher and a track, basketball, and football coach. During his 15 years as Head Football Coach at L. B. Landry, the Buccaneers won 5 district, 3 city, and 2 state championships. In addition, several of his players went on to play in the NFL. He was most proud of the numerous students who, under his tutelage, went to college and on to successful careers.
In 1966, Coach James was appointed as Coordinator for certification (Federal Programs) by the Orleans Parish Public Schools personnel department. During staff desegregation, he successfully recruited talented white and black college graduates as teachers and special education evaluators during that very important time in the district’s history. He was then appointed as the 1st African American Personnel Director for Orleans Parish Public Schools.