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    Facility Names

    On November 17, 2020, the Orleans Parish School Board (“OPSB”) amended OPSB Policy FDC, Naming of Facilities, and established that it is fundamentally opposed to retaining names of school facilities named for persons who were slave owners, Confederate officials and segregation supporters. 

    As part of this initiative, three of Lusher’s buildings were identified for renaming, along with a list of school buildings throughout the city. Lusher followed the Renaming Timeline set by NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS), which included public feedback, historical review, public meetings, and public announcements. NOLA-PS began this process in February 2021, and the Lusher Board immediately created a process to further this cause. In March 2021, the Board created a working group, held community meetings for students and for the community, and created its own form for additional feedback to inform the Lusher Board’s work.  The working group reviewed all of this input and submitted building name recommendations to NOLA- PS in April 2021,  as outlined in their process.  You can learn more about this process here: Building Renaming Process.


    The Facilities Renaming process led to a selection of three building names by Superintendent Lewis of NOLA-PS in June 2021: 

    • The Freret Street building was renamed Elijah Brimmer, Jr. after the retired music teacher and beloved band director for Alcee Fortier and Cohen Schools. 
    • The Willow Street building was renamed Everett J. Williams, Jr. after the first Black superintendent of New Orleans Public Schools. 
    • The Loyola Street building was renamed  Ellis Marsalis, Jr. after the “Jazz Patriarch” of one of the most famous musical families in New Orleans.