Grace King High School
|Grace King High School|
4301 Grace King Place
|Motto||Luck of the Irish|
|School district||Jefferson Parish Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Cade Brumley|
|Color(s)||Hunter green, white, & gold|
|Mascot||The Fighting Irish (Also known as Lucky)|
Grace King High School is a public high school located in Metairie, unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is a part of the Jefferson Parish Public Schools and serves portions of Metairie and Kenner.
Grace King was built in the late 1960s as a high school, opening its doors in 1968 as an all-girls public school serving Jefferson Parish; remaining such until the 1980s, when it became co-ed.
The school, which now serves Grades 9–12, is a part of the Jefferson Parish Public Schools system. The school serves unincorporated portions of Jefferson Parish and a portion of the city of Kenner. The school was named for Grace King (d. 1932), a New Orleans writer and scholar of Louisiana history. The school's mascot is Lucky, the (Fighting Irish) Leprechaun, and the school colors are hunter green, white, and gold.
During Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005, the school suffered damage to its gymnasium's roof, and housed a National Guard troop until the school reopened in October 2005. Grace King High School recently completed building a minigolf course that is accessible to students who are confined to wheelchairs or crutches.
As of 2015 all Grace King athletic teams participate as a member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA). Grace King athletics compete with eight additional teams classified at the Class 5A level, within District 8.. In recent years, the school, with an increasingly Hispanic enrollment, has become known for its' soccer program, reaching the state championship match in 2014. The Irish's main rivals are East Jefferson and Bonnabel High School.
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- Pantera and Down vocalist Phil Anselmo, a 1988 graduate, fronted the local heavy metal band Razor White. He later was the lead singer for Superjoint Ritual, and current lead guitarist in Arson Anthem.
- Donna Brazile, campaign manager for the Al Gore/Joe Lieberman presidential ticket in 2000, was the first African-American to direct a major presidential campaign.
- Danny Granger, NBA Miami Heat forward and former member of the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers, was a 2001 graduate as a four-year letterman, averaging 24.3 ppg, 12 rpg and 5.5 bpg as a senior.
- Paul Hollis, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from St. Tammany Parish, graduated in 1990 from Grace King and served as student body president.
- Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, was valedictorian in 1994.
- Michael Lewis ("Beerman"), former San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints wide receiver and kick returner.
- Kevin Mmahat, Former MLB player (New York Yankees)
- Mark Mullins, trombonist for Harry Connick, Jr. and Bonerama, is a 1985 graduate.
- Ellen DeGeneres, television show host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show was a brief attendant.
- Candice Stewart, Miss Louisiana Teen USA in 2002, Miss Louisiana USA in 2005 and a contestant on Big Brother in 2013, is a graduate of the school.
- Supriya Jolly Jindal, wife of former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.
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