A lasting tradition and popular community event, the 46th annual Haughton High Homecoming Parade will roll on Sept. 24, beginning at 5 p.m. The parade, which will include many school and community non-profit and non-political groups, is sponsored by the Haughton High Student Council and marshaled by the school’s J.R.O.T.C. corps.
It will begin and end in the school’s student parking lot, and will turn at the Haughton Post Office on Elm Street (Hwy. 157). The school is located at 210 E. McKinley in Haughton, Louisiana.
Current HHS Principal Mr. Gene Couvillion selected the 2015 parade Grand Marshal, Mrs. Gloria Turner Raley. Mrs. Raley has been part of the Haughton High School family for over 40 years, and recently decided to retire from a school and school system she loves.
When Principal Harold E. Harlan interviewed her in 1973 it was for an opening in the math department. Since she lived in Haughton and planned to raise her three sons in this community, she was very excited when he offered her the job. She told him that if he gave her the opportunity, she would be faithful and loyal to Haughton High School and the students and staff. She believes she fulfilled that promise to Mr. Harlan by serving HHS in various capacities for 42 years. Mrs. Raley’s precious mother often said, “God gave you the mission to serve the students and community surrounding HHS.” Her mission was completed June 12, 2015.
Mrs. Gloria Raley was born in Jefferson, Texas, where she graduated from Jefferson High School in 1967. She completed a B.A. with a major in Social Studies and a minor in Mathematics in 1970 at NSU. She received her Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from LSU-BR in 1974. She then accumulated 50+ Post-graduate hours. Mrs. Raley taught Algebra I, Civics, Business Math, and General Math over a 12 year period at HHS. She then served as 9th/10th grade counselor for 12 years then as Senior Counselor for 18 years.
All three of Mrs. Raley’s sons graduated from HHS, and her husband Dr. Jack Raley even taught at HHS for three years. Dr. Raley also served as a Bossier Parish School Board member for District #1 from 2003-2014.
During her 42 years at HHS, Mrs. Raley was very active in her role of teacher and counselor. She was the pep squad sponsor, created the Bi-Centennial Club in 1975-1976, and was a class sponsor numerous times. She remembers she even had to drive a float in the parade one year! Mrs. Raley was also the CLOSE-UP Coordinator for Bossier/Caddo parishes and was even the Rodeo Club Sponsor twice! Mrs. Raley stated, “I have never regretted my time at HHS while in my roles as teacher and counselor. I have thousands of ‘children’ and ‘grandchildren’ who I watched grow and blossom during their four years at HHS. Hugs and ‘love you’ were a part of my daily counselor interactions with the students. Laughter and tears were also a part of my day. Seeing former students and/or hearing about their accomplishments are the rewards I hold most dear!”
As Senior Counselor Gloria Raley gave each graduating senior four important gifts as they left the stage: (1) their high school diploma, (2) a congratulatory hug for their success, (3) her love, and (4) God’s blessings in life. When she sent them into their future, she wanted them to know that she cared about each and every one of them. One of Mrs. Raley’s most treasured moments while at HHS was receiving “The True Buccaneer Award” presented by Principal Mr. Gene Couvillion at the 2015 Graduation. She stated, “I could feel Mr. Harlan approving!” My heart and prayers will always remain with Haughton High School and this community.
In related Homecoming events, the varsity football team will play the Green Oaks Giants beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015. Pre-game activities are scheduled to begin at 6:30. The admission charge is $8 at the gate. The 2015 Homecoming Court, serenaded by the Big Red Buccaneer Band, will be presented at halftime. All alumni will be recognized at halftime as well.
The school’s website can be found at http://haughtonh.bossierschools.org for more information.