Mission & Vision
Our mission at West Jefferson High School is to transition our students to higher education and/or career readiness by providing rigorous, engaging instruction, and promoting on-going collaboration with all stakeholders.
West Jefferson High School is a community of stakeholders with a common goal of empowering our students to transition to higher education and/ or career readiness by providing rigorous, engaging instruction, and promoting on-going collaboration with all stakeholders.
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.
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.
West Jefferson’s campus opens to students at 6:50 am. Students may go to the cafeteria, the library, or wait outside. In inclement weather, students are allowed in the gym.
Regular Bell Schedule 2019-2020
1st Period- 7:20-8:51
Transition- 8:51- 8:55
2nd Period- 8:55-10:26
3rd Period- 10:30-11:00
4th Period- 11:04-1:05
FIRST LUNCH- 11:20-11:50
SECOND LUNCH- 12:35-1:05
5th Period- 1:09- 2:40
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