Mission & Vision
“WJHS is dedicated to preparing today’s scholars for tomorrow’s GREATNESS!!!”
We believe that a nurtured scholar is a successful one. We are committed to providing a positive, safe and engaging environment for ALL scholars to learn. We intend for ALL scholars to embrace their learning, achieve their potential, and become independent lifelong learners.
The West Jefferson Village is dedicated to providing a variety of learning opportunities for academic, career, and extra-curricular success. We will strive to develop the whole student through the love of learning that fosters intellectual, emotional and social growth.
During the administration of Superintendent Lemuel W. Higgins, the Jefferson Parish School Board purchased the site on which West Jefferson High School now stands.
In the fall of 1955, the doors of the West Bank’s first consolidated high school were officially opened. The first principal was Mr. Joseph J. Martina, and the first assistant principal was Ms. Lucile Cherbonnier. One thousand, two hundred students (1200), and forty-two (42) teachers attended. On May 26, 1956, the first graduating class of 283 received their diplomas on the stage of the school’s auditorium.
During the years that followed, inevitable changes occurred. As its student body and faculty grew in size, so did the West Jefferson facility. Extensive additions and renovations have made West Jefferson one of the largest high schools in the state.
West Jefferson High School is located near the Harvey Canal on the west bank of the Mississippi. It borders the West Bank Expressway and is just ten minutes from downtown New Orleans. Its students are drawn from nearby Gretna and Harvey neighborhoods.
DISTRICT: Students live in Gretna and Harvey
GRADES: Senior High School with grades 9-12
COLORS: Scarlet and Silver
MASCOT: The Buccaneer
ALMA MATER: Banners Scarlet and Grey Silver
SLOGAN: BUC PRIDE (BUCS-UNIFIED-COMMITTED-POSITIVITY-RESPECT-INTEGRITY-DEDICATION-EXCELLENCE)
Our principal is Ms. Vanessa Brown-Lewis. She works very hard to maintain the rich heritage of West Jefferson High School and to guide our students and faculty towards achieving West Jeff’s goals of excellence and achievement for all.
2023-2024 WJHS Regular Bell Schedule
Transition to 1st period: 8:15-8:20
1st: 8:20 - 10:05
Transition to 2nd period: 10:05-10:10
Transition to 4th period: 11:45-11:50
4th: 11:50 - 1:55
1st Lunch: 12:10-12:40
Class: 11:50-12:10; 12:15-1:25
2nd Lunch: 1:25-1:55
Transition to 5th period: 1:55-2:00
5th: 2:00- 3:35
2023-2024 WJHS Homeroom Bell Schedule
Transition to Homeroom- 8:15-8:20
Transition to 1st period: 9:20-9:25
1st Period: 9:25-10:40
Transition to 2nd Period: 10:40-10:45
2nd Period: 10:45-12:00
Transition to 4th Period: 12:00-12:05
4th Period: 12:05-2:00
1st Lunch: 12:15-12:45
Class: 12:05-12:15; 12:45-2:00
2nd Lunch: 1:30-2:00
Transition to 5th period: 2:00-2:05
5th Period: 2:05-3:35
School Office Phone: 504-368-6055
On November 10, 1955, West Jefferson High School opened its door to West Bank students in Jefferson Parish. In 2015, the West Jefferson High School community proudly celebrated its 60th anniversary. Click on the link that follows for a brief history of this proud school