Let’s take a journey back through the pages of a 1927 high school yearbook. The students below were photographed 89 years ago! Since this is the earliest yearbook we have been able to locate of any high school in New Orleans, we thought we would share some portions of it with you. It is our hope that some of our readers will be able to find long lost relatives or family friends.
Seniors (Xavier Prep)
The high school curriculum consisted of the “General Course” which was designed to prepare students for entrance into colleges or normal schools. The school offered four years of English, four years of Latin, and two years of French in order to enable students to pursue a strictly classical course in college. For those desiring a scientific or technical career, a full # of science and mathematics courses were offered. The high school also provided vocational training for those students who wished to engage in manual and domestic arts or who desired to prepare for a business career.
8th Grade (Xavier Prep)
Within the pages of the 1927 yearbook, there are group photos of the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade classes, but no names are provided. For this reason, they are not included in this post. I did find however the names of the 8th grade students so they are shown below but their names are listed in alphabetical order and not according to where they are seated or standing.
Cecil M. Armant, Emile J. August, Clarence E. Bolden, Isabel M. Boutte, Frederick M. Braud, Inez M. Braud, Thomas J. Brown, Wendell P. Butler, Gertrude L. Byers, Vernon V. Clement, Arnold E. Darensbourg, Fred J. Dejoie, Clara M. Dejoie, Theoza S. Delandro, Justin R. Drayton, Rose Mae Green, Alice M. Joseph, Solange B. Lartique, Edward B. LeBant, Odette M. Millet, Nannie Mae Nicholls, Alva M. Pierre, Verna Mae Pierre, Elzina M. Porter, Fred O. Ricard, Bonita L. Richardson, Oscar J. Robertson, Welton J. Roy, Helen V. Turnbull, Laura E. Turnbull
All girl students were required to wear a uniform consisting of a blue serge skirt and white blouse during the spring and autumn. In the winter months, a blue serge dress was worn. Classes were held from 8:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and three hours of study each night was recommended. Students were told that “Character was higher than intellect.” This included honor, self-respect, courtesy, gentleness, reverence, values, and personal duty.
Sources: The Spotlight, Xavier Prep Yearbook (1927) and Xavier High School Bulletin 1926-27, Xavier University of Louisiana Archives.
Lolita V. Cherrie