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Marrero school dedicated to Jeff Parish School Board member Raymond St. Pierre

On May 8th, Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies was dedicated and renamed for longtime educator, coach and Jefferson Parish School Board member, Raymond St. Pierre. The school will now be known as Ray St. Pierre Academy for Advanced Studies. In September, the school board voted unanimously to rename the Marrero school after former board member Ray St. Pierre, who died last July at age 78. The school is an Academic Magnet School that serves 350 students from Pre-K through fifth grade.

Mr. St. Pierre was a graduate of West Jefferson High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he majored in math and played on the football team where he was named an All-American player. He went on to obtain his Master’s degree in education from the University of Houston and he also studied at Southeastern Louisiana University.

In 1973, Mr. St. Pierre began coaching junior varsity and teaching math at West Jefferson High School. St. Pierre first made his impact in education at John Ehret High School where he was both a Math teacher and the football coach. In 1985, he coached the team to a championship and, in 2014, an on-campus athletic building, the Ray St. Pierre Athletic Complex, was named is his honor. St. Pierre always considered John Ehret High School home and could be seen regularly on the sidelines cheering his Patriots on to victory. He would even take the time on weekends to work with the coaches to draw up game plays and study game film. St. Pierre was also a champion off of the field. When it came to teaching, he was dedicated to his students, who describe him as firm but patient. He would always take the time to help with extra tutoring and answer any questions that students may have and it was this level of commitment, to both sport and study, that made Mr. St. Pierre so beloved.

After leaving Ehret in 1994, he served as dean of student services at Helen Cox High School (then Middle School) in Harvey and later as assistant principal at Harry S. Truman Middle School in Marrero. In 1998, he won the 3rd district seat on the Jefferson Parish School Board and he served as School Board vice president in 2004 and served as president in 2005. He also served as vice president of the board in 2009 and 2015. As a board member, St. Pierre advocated for the importance athletic programs and believed that academic requirements should be lowered for high school athletes. Always a proponent of education, St. Pierre began the John St. Pierre Memorial Foundation in honor of his son who was stabbed to death in 1983. The foundation raised money to award college scholarships to West Bank senior athletes.

Mr. St. Pierre’s contribution to West Bank education and sport will not soon be forgotten.

About the author

Marielle Songy

Marielle Songy was born and raised on the Westbank and currently resides in Gretna. She is a graduate of Archbishop Blenk High School and UNO. A true Louisiana girl, Marielle enjoys creole food, jazz music and the occasional swamp tour.

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