Jefferson Parish school closings

Helen Cox High in Harvey is one of six Jefferson Parish public schools that are closing in 2023. invites former students, teachers and staff of the six schools to share their memories and photos. 

As Jefferson Parish moves to demolish six closed public schools, former students, teachers and staff are reflecting on their time there. would like to share those memories with readers. If you worked or attended school at one of these campuses, or have a relative who did, please send us vintage photos and tell us about the most memorable time there.

Note that some of these schools have operated under different names or with different grade configurations over the years.

  • Joshua Butler Elementary School
  • Helen Cox High School
  • Mildred S. Harris Elementary School (previously Bridge City Elementary)
  • Haynes Academy (Metairie Ridge School, Metairie Junior High, Vernon and Gilda Haynes Middle and other names)
  • Thomas Jefferson Academy
  • George Stephen Washington Elementary School.

Email your memories to Photos should be scanned and saved in .jpg or .png format, and attached to the email.

We may use your writing and photos for an article.

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