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Frank Charles Delana

Frank Charles Delana

Frank Charles Delana, the son of Frank Delana and Rita Fabre, was born Jan. 9, 1907 in Broussard, LA.  After graduating from Broussard High School, he attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1928.  He began his teaching career in 1929 as teacher and coach.  In 1939, he married Lena Bernard.  They were the parents of two daughters: Sharon and Paulette.  After the death of his first wife he married Helen Ortego in 1968.

In 1939, Delana went to teach at Carencro High School and remained there until the spring of 1942, when he went to teach at Lafayette High School.  In the fall of 1942, he became Principal of Carencro High School.  From 1943 to 1945, he served in the United States Army.  He returned to Carencro as Principal and served in that capacity until 1948 when he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Lafayette Parish Schools.

In 1965, he was appointed Superintendent of schools to succeed Browne, remaining in that capacity until his retirement in 1971.

Walter Trahan was President of the School Board when Delana was appointed Superintendent.  In 1966, George Dupuis was elected President of the School Board and served during the remainder of Delana's tenure.