Cabrini High School commemorated the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a ceremony depicting the reopening of school after the historic storm.
Cabrini chose to remember Hurricane Katrina by celebrating the reopening of the school, instead of the closure and damage wrought by the storm. As they did on November 8th, 2005, just 73 days after the storm’s landfall in New Orleans, the students, faculty, administration, and staff entered through the front doors of the historic Esplanade building, Mother Cabrini’s home in New Orleans.
The first girls school to reopen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Cabrini High School’s return reflected the determination and resiliency of the school’s founder, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. Miraculously unscathed by the flooding and winds of Hurricane Katrina, Cabrini High School was able to restore the school’s buildings and physical plant quickly, becoming an inspiration to other schools, businesses, and individuals as they struggled to overcome the effects of the storm. The school operated for a month-and-a-half in Baton Rouge prior to returning to the historical campus in New Orleans’ Mid-City region.