Oden Hebert, son of Oneil Hebert and Agnes Toups, was born Dec. 15, 1892, in Milton, LA. He and wife, the former Elise Geneaux, were the parents of two daughters, Grace Lejeune and Dorothy (Mrs. Charles Begnaud, Sr.) who died in 1976.
After attending public schools, Hebert attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and in 1914, began his teaching career at Chacahoula in Terrebonne Parish where he remained for two years. He then came to Lafayette Parish where for the next two years served as Principal of the Verot School. He then became Principal of Milton High School and remained for ten years after which he was Principal of Carencro High School for fourteen years.
In Nov. 1942, Hebert was appointed Superintendent of Education to succeed J.W. Faulk and served until 1946 when he retired.
He served in the United States Army during World War I and also served on the Advisory Board for Selective Training and for the War Finance Program during World War II. He was active in the Stanley Martin Felix Ducrest American Legion Post. He was a member of the Lions CLub and of the Knights of Columbus.
Hebert died June 5, 1968 in Lafayette.
Mike Donlon was President of the School Board when Hebert was appointed Superintendent. In 1944, R.H. Hohorst was elected President of the School Board and remained in that position until 1946.