Today in New Orleans History


In September 1965, Hurricane Betsy struck the Louisiana coast near New Orleans, causing massive property damage and loss of life. While Betsy had similar characteristics of the Standard Project Hurricane, Betsy’s wind field and associated wave action called into question the adequacy of the original design heights for project levees and floodwalls outlined in the 1962 Interim Survey Report. As a result, the New Orleans District requested and received permission from the Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division and Corps Headquarters to increase levee and floodwall heights by 1–2 feet across the project network.

#112 Chapelle

Archbishop Chapelle

Staffed by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Archbishop Chapelle High School opened in 1962 with nine teachers for 236 freshman students. It was named for the first Archbishop of New Orleans in the 20th century, Placide Louis Chapelle. It was, and is, the only girls high school in east Jefferson Parish. (LDL)

#113 Rummel

Archbishop Rummel

Like Chapelle, Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel High School opened in 1962 with only a freshman class (225 students). Archbishop Rummel attended both the groundbreaking ceremony in September 1961 and the dedication ceremony in September 1962. In affiliation with the Christian Brothers, it is the only boys high school in east Jefferson. (LDL) llm

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