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Which local high school produced the most New Orleans mayors since 1915? 

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click to enlarge Paul Capdevielle was the first 
graduate of Jesuit to serve as mayor 
of New Orleans.

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Paul Capdevielle was the first graduate of Jesuit to serve as mayor of New Orleans.

Hey Blake,

Which local high school produced the most New Orleans mayors since 1915?

Dear Reader,

  This question was a fun one and is just in time for graduation season. Step inside Jesuit High School on South Carrollton Avenue and you'll find four New Orleans mayors featured among the photos of Blue Jay graduates hanging on the walls. By my count, that's more than any other school.

  You limited your question to mayors of the past 100 years, but Jesuit's first fu-ture mayor was Paul Capdevielle, who served from 1900 to 1904. He graduated from the school in 1862, when it was known as the College of the Immaculate Conception and was located on Baronne Street.

  If we focus on just the past 100 years, New Orleans had 16 mayors. Some of those served for just months as acting mayors and one, Martin Behrman, served for 17 years — the longest tenure in city history. He dropped out of school as a teenager. It's a similar story for Mayor Robert Maestri, who served from 1936 to 1946. Mayor Arthur O'Keefe served from January 12, 1926 until July 15, 1929; he graduated from St. Aloysius High School (now known as Brother Martin High School).

  As for modern mayors, deLesseps "Chep" Morrison was educated in New Roads, Louisiana, where he grew up. Mayor Victor Schiro attended Gulf Coast Military Academy and Warren Easton High School before graduating from Ferrell's Military Institute in New Orleans. His successor, Moon Landrieu, graduated from Jesuit in 1948. His son, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, graduated from Jesuit 30 years later in 1978. Marc Morial is a Jesuit Blue Jay from the class of 1976. Morial's father, the late Ernest "Dutch" Morial, was a graduate of McDonogh 35. Sidney Barthelemy was a St. Augustine High School Purple Knight. C. Ray Nagin attended St. Augustine for a year before transferring to Joseph S. Clark High School and graduating from O. Perry Walker in Algiers.

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