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On October 16, 1908, the private Board of Trustees of Slidell Colored School, a group of seven men, paid J.A. (Albert) Salmen $125 for property to serve as a home for their school. The lot was located on the corner of Brakefield Street and Third Street. The early history of Slidell Colored is not known in detail, but commonly at this time, the local school board paid salaries and local communities provided facilities. Local families typically also raised funds to augment the meager salaries of teachers, administrators, and custodians.

In the early 1920s, the rural school systems of the time separated primary schools in two ways: grades 1-3 or grades 1-6. A few of these rural schools served students of African American heritage, but there were no high schools for older colored students. In the early 1920's, Slidell area African American and Creole families petitioned the school board for school facilities that would house Slidell area students from 4th grade through high school. Thus, The school board bought the property on Third Street between Guzman and Cleveland Avenue. As a result, Slidell Colored School was transformed into St. Tammany Training School, which opened in the fall of 1921. St. Tammany Training School was the first school in St. Tammany Parish to accept older colored students.

The bus they traveled to school, affectionately called the "White Cloud," brought students from as far away as Covington. The parents of these students paid a fare for their children to ride the bus. The building that housed the St. Tammany Training School is now used by the gifted/talented and a few other special education programs in eastern St. Tammany Parish.

On August 29, 2005, another chapter was added to the STJH history when our school and community were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. While our school was heavily damaged by flood waters, our spirit remained undaunted. We will always owe gratitude to Slidell Junior High and Abney Elementary School who hosted our Wilcat family while STJH was being rebuilt.



The school of St. Tammany Junior High School believes that the children, as individuals, have unique needs desires and expectations, and that the school is a basic institution for the development of intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, and motivational growth.

The school community of St. Tammany Junior High School believes that the nature of our world, country, and community is one of change. Therefore, the purposes of our school should be these:

  1. The preparation and development of each child's academic skills, technology skills, abilities, interests and responsibilities as they relate to his needs, desires, expectations in the real world.

  2. The supplementation and reinforcement of the instruction provided in the home, community, and other educational agencies.

  3. The promotion of self-discipline and self-motivation.

  4. Guidance in the areas of respect for self, respect for authority, and respect for individual rights and responsibilities of others.

The philosophy of St. Tammany Junior High School is based on the recognition that the school is established for the development of the student, as an individual, with unique needs, desires, expectations and experiences for the promotion of desirable habits acquired through knowledge, fostered skills, and attitudes necessary to encourage success-oriented behavior. It is under the influence of this goal that St. Tammany Junior High School depends on the entire school community for intellectual stimulation, moral guidance, and exemplary models for living to encourage every student to aspire to the attainment of the full development of his or her potential - intellectually, socially, emotionally, and morally.

The school and community of STJH further believe that this philosophy will help the students become productive, creative, technologically proficient, and self-assured citizens in the changing world.


701 Cleveland Ave.
Slidell, LA 70458