Terrebonne High School

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Terrebonne High School
Motto Where Learning Lasts a Lifetime
Established 1908
Type Public
Principal Julio Contreras
Students 1,500 est.
Grades 10 - 12, with a limited number of freshmen
Location 7318 Main Street,
Houma, Louisiana, United States
Colors Crimson and gold         
Mascot Ida the Tiger
Rival H.L. Bourgeois High School, South Terrebonne High School
Website Terrebonne High School

Terrebonne High School is a high school in Houma, Louisiana, United States.

It is a part of the Terrebonne Parish School District.

History[edit]

On July 7, 1908, it was announced that bids would be taken for the new building. The first building constructed as a high school in Terrebonne Parish was completed in 1909. Built to accommodate up to 400 students, it was located on the corner of Goode and Point Streets behind the St. Francis de Sales church.

When Mr. W.P. Tucker died in 1909, Mr. Foote succeeded him and became the first professionally trained educator to serve as superintendent. The second principal of THS, Mr. A.E. Phillips, served from 1910 to 1914. The 1910 census noted that he had been previously employed in the sewing machine business.

With a larger school capable of handling more students, Foote began work on consolidating the school system in 1910. Rather than have many small schools scattered around the parish, students would be given the opportunity to travel to Houma to attend school. Obviously, transportation was an issue. To help foster attendance from outside the city, boats (known as transfers) were used to shuttle students to and from school.

In 1911, several new endeavors began at THS. In that year, the commercial (business) classes began as did the tennis club. At the end of the school year, the juniors began holding an annual event in which they bid farewell to the seniors.

Even in its early days, there were student organizations. The 4H club began a group at THS in 1914. Other clubs of the day included the Glee Club, the Reporter’s Club and two literary societies (Washington Irving and Alpha Beta Gamma).

One of the earliest sports at THS was American football. The organization of the program in those days was very casual. For example, the coach for the 1914 team was the quarterback Allen LeCompte. The earliest surviving yearbook (1915) reveals that males played football, basketball, baseball, track and had a tennis club. Girls played baseball and basketball as well. Most sports were made up of class teams that played against each other in school. While there were in-school football games, the football team did play other schools. Their 1914 record was 2-2-1. The girls’ basketball team also played several games against other teams.

At that time, the high school consisted of eighth through twelfth grades. For the 1914-1915 school year, 53.8% of students passed all subjects. 59% of the student body was female and they were scoring better grades than the males (85.1% to 79.8%). The average age of both boys and girls in high school was 17. Attendance at high school was 94%. The common punishment for talking and other offenses was to stay 45 minutes after dismissal (for girls) or to walk “tours” around the block a number of times (for boys). In the spring, there was an annual rally in which students from around the parish met at THS for academic and athletic competition.

A large clock was purchased with the funds raised by the 1914 senior play and placed in the hallway. Statues of Washington, Lee, Franklin and Longfellow were placed in the library in 1915. Two large pictures on the “Evolution of the Book” were placed in the hallway. Though the Ladies’ Auxiliary bought many books for the library, the senior play “Puss in Boots” also contributed money for books after the funds were used to pay for the Panorama.

In 1914, Mr. Henry L. Bourgeois, who had been the principal of the Romesville High School, became superintendent. Foote moved to a new job and eventually ended up in Baton Rouge as the supervisor for rural schools statewide. Bourgeois continued Foote’s efforts to consolidate the schools. The number of boat transfers increased, and they were joined by buses in the early 1930s.

The yearbook, previously published only in 1908, resumed publication in 1913. It was also produced in 1914, 1915 and 1916. The next yearbook was not published until 1938. The 1913 yearbook contained the THS alma mater, pledging allegiance to a flag of crimson and gold.

When Mr. Phillips left to become Superintendent of Schools in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 1914, Mr. O. H. Briedenbach (then principal of Bunkie High School) became principal of THS. The student population was 950, 110 of whom were in the high school department. Though called Terrebonne High School, students from primary grades through seniors attended classes in the building.

During Briedenbach's tenure as principal (1914-1918), it became apparent that the student body was outgrowing the relatively new building. Plans were made for a new school to be located on the block behind the courthouse. The old rooster firehouse and the old school building on the block were torn down at that time. A contract for a new school building was signed on April 3, 1918.

In those days, students had to pass an entrance exam to enter college. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools established an accreditation program whereby accredited school graduates did not have to take the exam. In 1914, Terrebonne High became the second high school in the state (after Saline High School in 1905) to receive accreditation. Two other schools were accredited in 1914.

Today, Terrebonne High houses grades 10-12 with some freshmen on campus. Most freshmen attend Houma Junior High School. It is the second oldest accredited high school in Louisiana. Terrebonne High School has occupied four different buildings: the old Houma Fireman's Hall, the Houma Elementary Building on Goode and Point Streets, the Houma Junior High building on the site on the original Fireman's building or "rooster school" which is the present location of the courthouse annex, and the present Terrebonne High School building on West Main Street in Houma.

Terrebonne High principals[edit]

Mr. John M. Foote (1908-1910)
Mr. A.E. Phillips (1910-1914)
Mr. O.H. Briendenbach (1914-1918)
Mr. P.G. Rogers (1918-1921)
Mr. M.S. Robertson (1921-1922)
Mr. E.L. Talbot (1922-1940)
Mr. Charles A. LeBlanc (1940-1955)
Mr. Louis D. Rogers (1955-1968)
Mr. Warren G. Sevin (1968-1982)
Mr. John Wayne Chaisson (1982-1988)
Mr. Ulyse J. Louviere (1988-1995)
Mr. David C. Bourg (1995-2003)
Mr. Graham Douglas (2003–2013)
Mr. Julio Contreras (2013-present)

School dress code[edit]

The school requires its students to wear school uniforms.[1] All students are encouraged to "Dress for Success." All students attending Terrebonne Parish Schools are required to adhere to the Board’s mandatory uniform policy. New students to the parish will be given two weeks from the date of enrollment to obtain the required uniform.

Uniforms shall be worn as follows:

Boys: solid white or crimson shirt, khaki pants or shorts.
Girls: solid white or crimson blouse, khaki pants, pleated or straight skirt, shorts, skorts, or jumper.

The school's designated alternative shirt color is "crimson". (the page adds "not Red".) [2]

School songs[edit]

Modern Alma mater[edit]

The words for the Alma mater were put to a tune arranged by Hal M. Gilder in 1943, but only the first verse is used today.

The praises of Terrebonne High School sing.
Our voices raise on high.
Her glorious name to the breezes fling,
'Til echoes rend the sky.
For noble deeds, for honor bright,
For truth's unbroken sway.
For victories won in virtue's fight,
We herald her fame today.

Original Alma mater written in 1943[edit]

It is known that the Terrebonne High School Alma mater dates back to at least 1913. After a period of approximately twenty-five years when it wasn't sung, the class of 1943 was vital in restoring the Alma Mater to its rightful place in the school. At that time only the words were available. Since the music was lost, Hal M. Gilder, the music teacher, wrote the present arrangement of this song with the assistance of the Honorable J. Louis Watkins, a student in 1913 who remembered the original melody.

The praises of Terrebonne High School sing.
Your voices raise on high.
Her glorious name to the breezes fling,
'Til echoes rend the skies.
For noble deeds, for honor bright,
For truth's unbroken sway.
For victories won in virtue's fight,
We herald her fame today.
Here's to our school with the sons so brave
Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Terrebonne High
Here's to our "Profs" and our teachers grave
Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Terrebonne!
Here's to our flag of the crimson and gold
O! May it always honor hold
Then here's to our school our joy and pride,
Shout! Terrebonne High!
Hurrah for the Terrebonne High School sing
Be loud her praises told
Long may her flag in splendor wave
The crimson and the gold
For her we'll sing, for her we'll stand
Her name we all adore
The High School girls join heart and hand
To cherish her evermore.

Fight song[edit]

When the fight song is sung, the ellipse on line 7 is replace with the mascot of the opposing team. Also, football on line 4 can be replaced with the appropriate sport.

Oh, when the Terrebonne Tigers fall in line,
We're gonna win that game another time.
For THS I yell, I yell, I yell,
And for the football team I yell, I yell, I yell.
We're gonna fight, fight, fight, for every yard,
We're gonna hit that line and hit it hard,
We're gonna roll those . . . on the side, on the side,
Terrebonne High

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Notable alumni[edit]

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