Alumni who attended Tuesday’s film documentary on the history of LaGrange High School were able to see old yearbooks, letterman jackets, and other historical documents and photographs from past decades. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 1:38 PM
LaGrange High School students, past and present, came together Tuesday to look back at the school’s 110-year history, as told by a documentary put together by a group of students.
The documentary’s premiere event, which took place in the library, also featured a display of yearbooks, photos, news articles and fashions from decades past.
“It’s interesting to be able to go through all the archives and see all the people who have gone here and how much history (there is) in the school. It’s really cool,” said Aaron Johnston, a student who worked on the documentary. “You look through old yearbooks and see how the style has changed. The way that people dress and talk has changed.”
“A lot of the students just jumped into it and just started researching, contacting previous people who went to LaGrange, alumni and contacting a local historian. They got some really good information that was enlightening to the different decades we went through,” said Shelly Buller, LaGrange teacher.
“It (the project) awakened a whole new sense of pride in their school and with their history,” said Liz Domingue, a class of ’96 graduate who is now a teacher at LaGrange.
The documentary featured notable alumni from the area, such as Mayor Randy Roach; Jim Beam, former editor of the American Press, and Nomica Guillory, 2006 Mrs. Louisiana America.
Also featured in the project was local historian Nola Mae Ross, who died shortly after her participation in the project.
Since Francois LaGrange opened the school in 1903, different generations of students have faced the task of learning during world wars, the Great Depression, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Sept. 11, and the war in Afghanistan.
“There were savings bonds and scrap metal drives. Everybody was very, very patriotic,” said Sara Brasher, class of ’45, of her time in school during the Second World War
LaGrange’s current location opened its doors on Sept. 7, 1954. “This was country. Just a couple of blocks away right off of Kirkman, we had milk cows that roamed in this area for pasture. This was very rural, and now this is middle of town, more or less,” said Kenneth Abrahams, class of ’56. “Our class was the second class to graduate from the new building.”
“For the students, I think they’ve come to the realization that they’re not in this little time period” said Domingue.
“You know that they’re connected to something larger; that there is a historical presence to our school, and that there was a time before Interstate 210. There were loads of people who were majorettes and played football who became nurses, became doctors and became attorneys. As adults, we know those things, but sometimes in high school, you don’t see out of that realm.”
“Take pride in LaGrange,” said coach Jules Sullen in the documentary. “It’s your home away from home.”
Posted By: Good ole' days alumni On: 5/17/2013
Title: What Lagrange was
they should have called this what Lagrange use to be. It has none of what it use to be or use to have. I graduated in 94 and was proud to be a gator, especially back in our Barbe Rivalry days, but it's nothing but a typical inner city school now. I wouldn't send my dog to school at Lagrange today. Nothing but gangs, bums, troubled kids, and parents that don't care.
Posted By: John Bertrand On: 5/16/2013
Title: Film documents LaGrange High School history
Excellent job by the reporter. I enjoyed reading about this! Good Job!