Beloved Sterlington Principal Leaves Behind a 43 Year Legacy in Education.

Dedication page photo from the 1951-52 Smithy yearbook. Some of you from the Sterlington area may have had this gentleman as a principal. Mr. O.K. Bailey, Sr. served for 43 years as principal of Sterlington's elementary, Jr. High and High School. The above photo was taken when he served as principal for A.L. Smith School. … Continue reading Beloved Sterlington Principal Leaves Behind a 43 Year Legacy in Education.

Walley Fowler and His Famous Oak Ridge Quartet Plays the Ouachita Parish High School Auditorium.

A while back, I told you about all the famous acts that came and performed at Neville auditorium. I decided to see who came to OPHS. I got curious when I found this concert ad in 1951. Surely it can't be who I think it is. After a little digging, I found out that these … Continue reading Walley Fowler and His Famous Oak Ridge Quartet Plays the Ouachita Parish High School Auditorium.

Area High Schools Once Had Live Mascots!

Did you know that Neville and Ouachita Parish High School once had live mascots? Above is pictured Shasta the tiger, who was Neville's mascot. Ouachita's lion mascot was called Cheepa, named after the noise he made as a cub! Both animals were kept at the Zoo and used in the zoo's captive breeding program, but … Continue reading Area High Schools Once Had Live Mascots!

Ouachita Parish High School “Yearbooks”

Back during WWII, local schools didn't print a traditional "yearbook" as we know it. All supplies were going towards the war effort. However, the Seniors printed their own version, which looked similar to a magazine. These are pretty rare to find. These two from 1941 and 1942 were digitized and put on Flickr by the … Continue reading Ouachita Parish High School “Yearbooks”

A West Monroe Boy Separated From His Dog Outrages the World

This one was brought to my attention in one of the Facebook groups I am a member in. Back on October 5, 1954, a ten year old boy named Joe Cooper took his bike to school at Ransom. Following along behind him was his mutt Tippie. According to the boy, he tied his pet to … Continue reading A West Monroe Boy Separated From His Dog Outrages the World

One Room Schools in Ouachita Parish – 1905

This is great! I found an article in the New Orleans Item newspaper, dated October 30, 1905 stating that the Ouachita Parish schools had opened! Most of them can bee seen in our Camp School Collection photos here: https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-camp:collection . They are all little one room schoolhouses! SCHOOL OPENS IN OUACHITAPARISH. MONROE, La., Oct. 30. … Continue reading One Room Schools in Ouachita Parish – 1905