Mary Sullivan chosen as 45th Haughton High Homecoming Parade marshal

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HHS Homecoming Parade Float 1981.

A perennial tradition and popular community event, the 45th consecutive Haughton High Homecoming Parade will roll on Oct. 23, 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.

the varsity football team will play the Captain Shreve Gators for the Homecoming game, which will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 24.  re-game activities are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.  The admission charge will be $8 at the gate. 

The 2014 Homecoming Court, serenaded by the Big Red Buccaneer Band, will be presented at halftime. All alumni and several specific classes of graduates will be recognized at halftime as well.

Current Principal Mr. Gene Couvillion selected Mary Glover Sullivan as the 2014 parade Grand Marshal. Mrs. Sullivan grew up in the Haughton community and describes a favorite memory of attending an HHS parade when she was in elementary school.

“At the time the parade was held during the school day, so it was a big treat to attend because we had to be checked out of school. Each class had a float that they had decorated at a float party. Catching candy and waving at the Homecoming court members was a highlight of the day,” she said.

Sullivan
Sullivan

Mrs. Sullivan was a 1985 graduate of Haughton High.  A high school athlete active in softball and tennis, she also was a member of the pep squad and served as the pianist and a soprano for Joanne Hamby’s highly-decorated choir, The Buccaneer Singers.  She was involved in student government while maintaining honor roll status and fondly remembers working on her own class’s parade floats during her high school years.

Mary Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from LSUS in 1988 with a B.A. in English education and minor in library science. She began her career in education in Dec. 1988 at Princeton Junior High, instructing students in language arts and visual arts at the same school where her mother, Marilyn Glover, was teaching business and home education classes. In January 1990, Mrs. Sullivan was hired by then-Principal Jane Smith as the librarian at Haughton High, another school at which Mrs. Glover had taught during an earlier time when the school included grades 1–12.

As Mrs. Sullivan relates, “I returned to HHS to teach when long-time librarian Mrs. Patsy Gullatt retired. The library building itself was new, constructed in 1987 to replace the old library, which now is the school’s ‘Buc Den’ lunchroom.  At that time, the library had one Apple computer, which was just beginning to be used as a way to store book data; this computer included a green-on-black screen and contained one floppy diskette drive. The only other classrooms in the whole school that had computers were in the business department, for word processing and data processing, and people were thrilled to be able to conduct conversations on ‘bag phones’ that plugged in to their vehicle. Between January 1990 and when I retired from Bossier Parish Schools in May 2014, the technological changes were significant. EVERY classroom had at least one computer. There were over 40 computers in the HHS Library, the internet had been born and research databases followed, the card catalog had become the online catalog, and students were comparing and contrasting print books vs. e-books. And most students had ‘smartphones,’ which gave them instant access to information of all kinds.” 

Over the years, in addition to enjoying her work with students and faculty in information-based instruction and services, Mrs. Sullivan also served as the manager of the school’s website, daily public address and online announcements, fixed assets, public relations, and was the software and hardware technical assistant for the faculty and staff. She also sponsored the Chess Club, the Creative Writers Club, the CyberPatriot civilian team, and co-sponsored the Buccaneer Bookshelf Advisory Club and the Student Council. As one of the Student Council sponsors, organizing the Homecoming parade was Mrs. Sullivan’s honor for over a decade. Mrs. Sullivan was a recipient of the rarely-awarded “True Buccaneer” commendation at the school’s Senior Awards assembly this year.

Additionally, she served multiple years as the president of the Bossier Parish Association of School Librarians, beginning when Mrs. Sally Namie was supervisor and continuing through the tenure of Mrs. Jeannette Bange. For 26 years, Mrs. Sullivan has been married to her high school sweetheart, Class of 1986 alumnus Michael Sullivan, who was also the school’s first “Mr. Debonair.” Their daughter, Caitlin, graduated from HHS in 2008, and son, Ethan, was a valedictorian of the Class of 2013.

The school’s website is http://haughtonh.bossierschools.org. Parade applications can be downloaded from the site and are due no later than Oct. 15. Any parade updates due to inclement weather will be posted on the school website.