Xavier Prep- Class of 1944

Xavier Prep Senior Class Officer

Xavier Prep – Class of 1944, Senior Class Officers

Xavier Prep-Class of 1944

Xavier Prep – Class of 1944

Names listed in alphabetical order

Mary Alexis, Stafford Alexis, Lois Andry,  Audrey Aramburo,  Joseph August, Yvonne Barjon,  Marie Battiste, Rita Bergeron, Shirley Bertrand, Marietta Biagas, Lyle Blandin, Gaston Bordenave,  Adam Bourgeois, Gloria Bourgeois, Emile Broyard, Dolores Caesar, Ernest Chachere, Arthur Creighton, Bernardine Creighton, Montreal Collins, Lois Conrad, Gilbert Darensbourg, Lois Darensbourg, Beryl Davis, Dolores Davis, Blaine Dejoie, Parmalier Dejoie, Coralee  DeMesme, Hampton Deslonde, Marion Desvignes, Gloria Dinvaut, Clifford Francis,  Dolores Francois,  Melba Frick, Edgar Ganier, Percy Gaudin, Alfred Graham, Lolita Gonzales, Carolyn Gusman, Theodore Gusman, George Harris, Rutherford Hawkins, George Haydel, Isaure Haydel,  Charles Johnson, Eugenia Johnson, Lorraine  Julian, Clarence Jupiter, Althea Knox, McBurnett Knox, Jacqueline Landry, Lorraine Landry, Fanny LeBlanc, Pearl Mack, Percy Marchand, Irma Mason, Leola Medice, Willis Misshore, Shirley Moliere, Bonita Nelson, Ethel Mae Norey, Philomena Perique, Arthe Perrault, Lionel Philip, Dorothy Randolph, William Raymond,  Arthemise  Reeves, Gwendolyn Robinson,  Juanita Robinson, Warren Small, Mercedes Smith,  Llewelyn Soniat, Olivette Starck, Joseph Theard, Malcolm Thompson, Marcel Trudeau, James Vappie, Marion Watts, Louis White, Henry Wicker, Edgar Williams, Muriel Wiltz, Florence Woodfork, Verdun Woods, Idella Young, Mildred Young, Vera Young


The class of 1944 has continued to remain a very closely knit group throughout the past seventy years since graduation. Many reunions have been held, friendships renewed, and fond memories of their high school years remain, as written by classmates planning the 2001 reunion held in Los Angeles.

“Although we have lived in Los Angeles for many years, we realize that our beginnings, our culture, our closest friends, our old school ties, and the very essence of who we are is deeply connected to New Orleans and Xavier Prep. We were the twenty-eighth class to graduate from Xavier Prep, and were certainly born at an opportune time in history. There have been more changes in our lifetime than ever existed since the world was created. Despite all of the technological advances, two events that we think are among the most significant to us are, witnessing the beginning of a new millennium and the canonization of St. Katharine Drexel! It was because of her dedication to the poor and oppressed, and her belief that education was the key to obtaining justice that we are here today. Saint Katharine, we are eternally grateful for your commitment, and we praise God for giving you this special ‘calling’.”

Sources:  A special thank you to Ernest Chachere and Carolyn Gusman Chachere for sharing with us their 1944 class photo, reunion memorabilias, as well as their 28th Annual Commencement Program booklet which listed all the names of the graduates.


8 thoughts on “Xavier Prep- Class of 1944

  1. I am glad you are here to share your memories of our beloved alma mater. I just celebrated my 30th Class Reunion with my fellow Preppers and blessed to know each and every one of them.

    Thank you for sharing
    Christy Shallerhorn c/o ’83

  2. Thank you so much for this information. My grandfather was a Prep alum who graduated around 1940-42. I’m a local arts administrator working on a project documenting native New Orleanians’, especially our elders, relationships to historic portals/sacred spaces like Prep. If you or anyone you know would be interested in participating I’d love to feature you. Please contact me. Thanks and God bless.

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