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Soli Ei Docti Sunt Liberi -- "Only the Educated are Free"  

Located in South Louisiana, the Lafourche (pronounced la-FOOSH) Parish Public Schools serve about 15,000 students in 30 schools, with approximately 2,300 employees. Our Superintendent is Jo Ann Matthews. Our publicly-elected school board establishes policies for our school system.

Lafourche Parish Public Schools
805 East 7th Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
PO Box 879, Thibodaux, LA 70302
Telephone: (985)446-5631
FAX: (985)446-0801

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About Lafourche Parish


Lafourche Parish, southwest of New Orleans along the banks of Bayou Lafourche, is a part of Acadiana, or French Louisiana, home of the Cajun people. The Cajuns trace their ancestry to the French-speaking Acadians who migrated from Acadie (now Nova Scotia) in the mid-18th century. Bayou Lafourche, and therefore the parish, get their names from the Cajun French "La Fourche" meaning "fork" used to describe how the bayou was once a descending fork of the Mississippi River.

  Shrimp boats along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in Golden Meadow

CAJUN ('ka:-j@n), n. A person born or living along the bayous, marshes and prairies of south Louisiana; devoted to gumbo, etouffee, fricassé, sauce piquante, jambalaya, and crawfish; dedicated to the fais-do-do, Cajun French music, hard work and letting the good times roll (laissez les bons temps rouler!).

Lafourche Parish spans about 1,000 square miles of area and has an estimated population of 88,000. Major industries include seafood production, offshore oil and gas drilling and services, shipbuilding and repair, and sugar cane farming and milling. Thibodaux, the parish seat, has an estimated population of 15,000 and is home to Nicholls State University.

In Lafourche Parish, Bayou Lafourche is often used as a point of reference when giving directions. People frequently refer to a given location as "up the bayou", "down the bayou", or "across the bayou".


Highway 1, the longest and oldest Louisiana highway, stretches 400 miles from the northwestern corner of Louisiana (near the Texas and Arkansas border), through Lafourche Parish along the western bank of Bayou Lafourche, to the Gulf of Mexico at Grand Isle. The highway serves as Main Street for communities along its route (including those in Lafourche Parish) and is referred to as the "longest street in the world".



Here is a map of Lafourche Parish (click on the map to view a street map showing the location of our offices and schools in the community):

Click to see a regional map showing how to get to our schools, offices, and communities in Lafourche Parish

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