Henry Bernard Jr. was born December 16, 1917 as the oldest son
of Henry and Bernadette (Bernard) Bernard in Erath , LA.
(Both of his parents were Bernards).
He attended Erath schools and
graduated in 1935 from Erath High. In 1942, he enlisted in the
Navy and served during World War II. His
three brothers all served in WW II, as well.
Those included Leo, Lee and Vories.
He also had one sister
Antoinette Bernard. Lee.
After the war, Bernard
returned to Erath and in 1950
Henry Bernard Jr. was appointed the Principal at
Erath High School, replacing Mr. Bert Webb.
He then graduated from S. L. I.
(now U. L.). He also
attained a Masterís Degree from L. S. U. During his tenure in
Erath, he brought forth improvements to the educational system.
He remained at Erath High until he accepted the Principalship at
Abbeville High in the middle 1960′s. He later served the
Vermilion Parish School System as the Assistant Superintendent
and Superintendent. He retired in the mid 80ís.
Her married Joan Hollier, a
fellow Vermilion Parish educator.
Mr. Bernard passed away on
February 28, 2001.