Dutchtown High School unveils memorabilia case

Michael Tortorich
Former Dutchtown High School Principal Conrad Braud, center, cuts a ceremonial ribbon Tuesday morning during the unveiling of a new memorabilia case. Shown at left holding the ribbon is Kim Harvey, a member of the parents’ group CLAWS, and shown at right holding the ribbon is Harriet Babin Miller. Nearly 85 seniors, designated as Super Seniors, were on hand for the ceremony and breakfast.

GEISMAR – Though Ascension Parish’s newest public high school opened less than a decade ago, its history spans much further back.

Items from the former Dutchtown school and the current one, which opened in 2002, now have a home in the new memorabilia case, a series of wooden cabinets placed just outside of the cafetorium.

A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting Tuesday morning marked the opening of the new addition to the campus.

In conjunction with the event, the school honored this year’s Super Seniors – a select group of senior students – with a special breakfast.

Nearly 85 seniors made up the group, which is the third edition for the school.

The seniors were recognized with a special identification and shirt, which entitles them to several privileges. They will be able to eat first at lunch, wear jeans on Fridays, take part in extra dress-down days and use prime parking spots. The group will also take a photo together in April.

Tuesday morning the group of seniors joined with faculty and several others from the community in enjoying breakfast and reminiscing about Dutchtown’s history. CLAWS, a school parents’ group, helped organize the event.

The community is centered at the intersection of Hwy. 73 and Hwy. 74, near the current locations of Dutchtown Primary, Middle and High schools.

The students heard about the early settlers of the area and the old way of life in Dutchtown’s neck of Ascension Parish. They learned how many of the early families were Acadians, whose ancestors had migrated to Louisiana after being forced to leave Nova Scotia.

Legend has it that Dutchtown’s name was derived from “Dutch Store” or “Dutch Stores.” It could have also been from “Dutchman,” a patch between two pieces of wood that do not fit evenly.

Conrad Braud, a native and earlier graduate of Dutchtown, served as the first principal of the new Dutchtown High. He was on hand for the breakfast Tuesday, and did the honors of cutting the ceremonial ribbon on the memorabilia case.

Current Principal David Alexander took an opportunity during the breakfast to congratulate the students on their accomplishments.

“There’s moments in time when you’re recognized for a career,” he said.

In order to be named a Super Senior, the students had to excel in citizenship, attendance and activities.

Alexander said Dutchtown High is the best school he’s ever been a part of because of the quality of the students.

“The difference in a good school is the student body,” he said.

He added that the students do their jobs well as students by showing up and getting involved in their community.

“I don’t think it would be appropriate to let this morning go by without telling you why you’re here,” the principal said.

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Dutchtown High School’s Super Seniors enjoy breakfast Tuesday morning in the cafeteria with Principal David Alexander, faculty and other special guests.