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Blake Pontchartrain: Connor-Parkview School

The school was founded in 1956



Hey Blake,

I enjoyed your Blakeview on Sam Barthe School for Boys (Aug. 22). When I lived in Mid-City in the early 1960s, I had a friend leave St. Anthony's to go to Connor-Parkview School. What can you tell me about it?


Dear Pat,

  The Connor-Parkview School was a private, nonsectarian elementary school founded in 1956 and located at 600 City Park Ave. A 1966 brochure, part of the New Orleans Public Library's collection, says the school was founded "in the pursuit of excellence to the end that each student's talents and abilities will be discovered, nurtured and developed to the fullest extent possible." The brochure also lists the school's motto: Mens Sana in Corpore Sano, which is Latin for "a healthy mind in a healthy body."

  The school taught children from prekindergarten through eighth grade. A special feature of the school was its modern language program, which students began their first year. Another highlight for the children was participating in a school parade at Mardi Gras, called the Krewe of Leprechauns. A 1960 article in The Times-Picayune says the students paraded through City Park on nine small floats that year.

  The school was founded by James Thomas Connor, an Army colonel in World War II who earned a Master of Arts degree from Loyola University and a law degree from Northwestern University. His wife, Brunilda Fransen Connor, taught classes at the school in art, Spanish and French.

  The Connor-Parkview School closed within 10 years of opening. In a Sept. 6, 1967 article in The Times-Picayune, Connor said he closed the school because he "reached the age to take it easy" and not because of a recent court decision slashing state financial aid to private schools. That year, the Connor-Parkview campus became home to the New University School, a private high school founded by Isabel French. It remained there through the 1970s.

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