South Terrebonne High School

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South Terrebonne High School
Address
3879 La. Hwy. 24
Bourg, Louisiana
United States
Coordinates 29°33′52″N 90°38′27″W / 29.56444°N 90.64083°W / 29.56444; -90.64083Coordinates: 29°33′52″N 90°38′27″W / 29.56444°N 90.64083°W / 29.56444; -90.64083
Information
Type Public secondary
Established 1961
School district Terrebonne
Principal Mr. Mark(Peter Griffin) Torbert
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,000+
Color(s) Green and white          
Mascot Gators
Rival Terrebonne High School
Ellender Memorial High School
South Lafourche High School
Assumption High School
Newspaper Gator Tales
Yearbook Notre Temps (Our Times)
Website

South Terrebonne High School is a public secondary school in Bourg, Louisiana, United States. It is a part of the Terrebonne Parish School District.

South Terrebonne High currently serves the coastal communities of Bourg, Chauvin, Montegut, Pointe-aux-Chenes, and the eastern part of incorporated Houma in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. It was the second high school built in Terrebonne Parish after the parish's sole high school, Terrebonne High School, became overcrowed with an influx of students from the lower reaches of the parish.

The school was designed by the architectural firm of Curtis and Davis, who later designed the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

South Terrebonne High was officially opened in 1961, with the first graduating class commencing in 1962. Most of the first graduating class were transferred into South Terrebonne for their senior year when the district was reapportioned, and some students delayed their graduation from Terrebonne High in 1961 in order to graduate in the first graduating class at the new school in 1962.

Prior to 1988, South Terrebonne housed students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Once Ellender Memorial High School was expanded from a junior high school to become the parish's fourth high school, freshmen were then added to South Terrebonne. Today, the school houses over 1,000 students in grades 9-12, with 8th graders added in special education or advanced gifted classes.

History[edit]

In 1969 Southdown High School (originally Houma Colored High School), which educated black students in Terrebonne Parish, closed. Students were moved to South Terrebonne High and Terrebonne High School.[1]

From 2015 to 2016 the Louisiana State Department of Education score for this school increased from 88.8 to 108, meaning the ranking improved to an "A" level.[2]

Academics[edit]

Athletics[edit]

South Terrebonne competes in District 7 of Class AAA (the second highest classification level of athletics in the state of Louisiana). The school participates in varsity, junior varsity, and freshman athletics in 11 sports.

Championships[edit]

Football[edit]

  • State Championships: 1 (Class AAAA - 1992)
  • District Championships: 6
  • All-time winningest coach: Richard Curlin

Soccer[edit]

Boys[edit]
  • District Championships: 1 (1992)
  • State 4AAAA Runners-up (2002)

Softball[edit]

  • District Championships: 6

Swimming[edit]

Individual Boys[edit]
  • State Championships: 4 (100 yd. Backstroke - 2002, 2003, 2004; 100 yd. Breaststroke - 2004)

Track & Field[edit]

Boys Team[edit]
  • State Championships: 1 (Class AAAA - 1973)
  • Regional Championships: 4 (Class AAAA - 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003)
  • District Championships: 9 (1965, 1966, 1967, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1981, 2002, 2003, 2012)
  • Terrebonne Parish Championships: 7 (1966, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1983, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011)
Girls Team[edit]
  • District Championships: 7 (2014,2013,1979, 1985, 1994, 1995, 1996)
  • Terrebonne Parish Championships: 6 (1981, 1982, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1996)

Tennis[edit]

Boys[edit]
  • District Championships: 4 (1980, 1982, 1986, 1995)
  • Notable Past Players: Russell LeBoeuf, Jason Robinson, Luke Pitre, Joeby Luke
  • All-time winningest coach: David McCormick
Girls[edit]
  • District Championships: 4 (1982, 1984, 1989, 1994)
  • Regional Championships: 3 (1982, 1983, 1984)
  • All-time winningest coach: David McCormick

Bowling[edit]

Boys[edit]
  • District Championships: 1 (2011)
  • State Championship Runners-up (2011)
  • All-time winningest coach: Blaise Pellegrin

School rivalries[edit]

  • Terrebonne High School - Since 1961, when athletics began at South Terrebonne, it has continued to be the oldest living intra-parish rivalry. The schools are both known for their intense "dislike" for one another, on and off the fields of play.
  • Ellender Memorial High School - This became most recent rivalry, especially in football, when Ellender became a high school in 1988. Both schools share a common football field located at South Terrebonne's campus. South Terrebonne has dominated Ellender since 1996, and is still undefeated to this day (2012). Also, each school's student body competes in the "Battle for the Spirit Stick", where students purchase construction paper chain links in each schools colors to adorn the stadium on game night. The school who sells the most links maintains the Spirit Stick until the following year. This is where the South Terrebonne's tradition of "Camo-Day" originated. Each South Terrebonne/Ellender football game the students at South Terrebonne High School dress in their camouflage clothing, paint their faces, and decorate the school with a swamp theme. Both schools have pep rallies for this occasion that show the "special" rivalry between the two schools.
  • South Lafourche High School - This is the lesser-advertised rivalry in the area. Both are the southernmost high schools in their respective parishes. Each school has a history of surprising wins and devastating losses to the other in many sports. The rivalry is further fueled by each school's fan base, where old-fashioned "in your face" mockery is steeped in the area's Cajun culture.

Extracurricular clubs and activities[edit]

  • 4-H
  • Art Club - made up of students taking classes in Art
  • Band Council - made up of members from the STHS Band
  • Carnival Tableau - Mardi Gras carnival court voted and presented by student body, with accompanying talent show
  • STHS Cheerleaders Coach Francis Labat Head Sponsor
  • Chess Club
  • STHS Choir
  • Choir Council - made up of members from the STHS Choir
  • COE - for students interested in administrative field
  • DECA
  • Destination Imagination
  • Drama Club
  • Gatorettes - high-step dance team
  • Hospitality Club - for students interested in hospitality field
  • Key Club - philanthropy
  • Library Club
  • Million Dollar Band from Gatorland - award-winning marching band, drumline, and color guard
  • Multi Media - television/video/radio/music production
  • National Honor Society - academic honor society for juniors and seniors
  • G3(Gators Gone Godly)-South Terrebonne non denominational Christian Club
  • Publications - Gator Tales newspaper and Notre Temps yearbook
  • Quiz Bowl - students participate against other schools in rapid-fire quiz format
  • Renaissance Club - Honors Student Incentive Program
  • S.T.O.M.P. (South Terrebonne Outstanding Mentorship Program)
  • STHS Student Council - voted by student body

School songs[edit]

The South Terrebonne High Fight Song was written from the combination of fight songs from two universities. The first verse was taken from the Victory March of the University of Notre Dame, while the second verse was taken from The Victors of the University of Michigan.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Norby Chabert (Class of 1994), state senator from Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes since 2009
  • Aron Taylor (USN ret.) (Class of 1993) Combat Veteran of Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan
  • John Lill (USN ret.) (Class of 1993) White House photographer and Seattle concert photographer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dishman, Jaime Lugibihl (2005-06-26). "Students of former Southdown High School gather for remembrance". Houma Today. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  2. ^ Gommel, Karl (2016-12-20). "Movin' on up! Area schools raise scores". Houma Times. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 

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