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Harold H. Gauthe
1973-1981

Harold Gauthe

Harold Hubert Gauthe, son of Paul Gauthe and Anna Blanchard, was born in Napoleonville, Louisiana and attended school in New Orleans, graduating from Fortier High School. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana and received the Bachelor of Arts Degree Summa Cum Laude in 1949. He received the Master of Arts Degree at Louisiana State University and did advanced studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and Louisiana State University. 

Mr. Gauthe and his wife, the former Dorothy Kampman, are the parents of three children: Michael, Steven and Janice (Mrs. Michael Menard). 

After graduating from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Mr. Gauthe taught there for a semester before going to McNeese State College to teach. He remained at McNeese State College until 1957, then came to Lafayette as Supervisor of Elementary Education. He held that position until 1971, when he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Education. In 1973, Mr. Gauthe was appointed Superintendent, a position he held until 1981. 

Mr. Gauthe has been active in educational organizations. He is a member of numerous organizations. He has been President of the Louisiana School Supervisors' Association and of the Association for Student Teaching. He served as a member of the Executive Council of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for six years and was Chairman of the Association's Committee on Elementary School Affiliation for two years. As a result of his interest in the association, every elementary school in Lafayette Parish has been accredited by the association. He has long been active in promoting the development of a library in every school in the parish and in 1967 received the Louisiana Association of School Librarians' Award for school library promotion. 

Mr. Gauthe served for 30 years in the United States Navy during World War II. He served a four year term as Alderman in Scott and was at one time President of the Rotary Club in Scott. 

Mr. George Dupuis, Sr. was President of the School Board at the time of Mr. Gauthe's appointment as Superintendent. In 1974 Mr. J. Maxie Broussard was elected to succeed Mr. Dupuis and served in that capacity until 1978. In 1979 Mr. Herman C. Clause was elected President of the Board and in 1980 was followed by Mr. Preston J. Babineaux who served during the remainder of Mr. Gauthe's tenure.