The couple whose memory is honored by the school on Metairie Road were a most interesting
pair. Arkansas native Vernon “Lefty” Carlton Haynes was a man of few words. Metairie born Gilda Dorothia Pohlig
was an outspoken ball of fire. They met when he was officiating a basketball game in which she was a player. He called
a foul on her and she became foul with him.
had a BA from Tulane and an M.Ed in administration from LSU. She dropped out of Tulane to take a job modeling swimwear. He
made a living coaching sports while she dreamed of becoming a professional basketball player – a prospect her father
would not allow.
These opposites attracted
and were married on November 2, 1935 at Metairie Presbyterian Church. Lefty said he picked the date because his father and
grandfather had also had their weddings on the second day of November. Vernon and Gilda were married for 38 years.
He was a principal at Metairie High who oversaw hundreds
of students offered a variety of courses. She was an alumnae (Class of 1928 which included nine graduates) who said, while
slamming her fist on a table, “We didn't have all these electives. That was the ruination of the schools. They need
to get back to basics”. Despite the different ideologies they both were tireless in working with and for young people.
Vernon was an All-American football star at Tulane
who played in the 1932 Rose Bowl. Gilda, who was a student in the Metairie Ridge Schoolhouse, was a standout basketball player
and one of the best bowlers in the south. He was inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame posthumously in 1982. She
was named to the Louisiana State U.S. Congress of Bowlers Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in in 1987.
Together they owned Bowl-A-Rama at 1008 Jefferson Highway which she managed
from 1956 until his death in 1973 at age 62. She then served on the Jefferson Parish School Board from 1974 through 1980.
Gilda passed away in 1995.
Their home at 126
Brockenbraugh Court is gone, the property long taken over by Munholland Methodist Church. But their memory lives on a few
blocks away in the school named for them. (Courtesy of Carlyle Dana Vann.)
coaching job was at Fortier (1932) then at Warren Easton (1933-35) where he also taught. After a stint in Ouachita Parish
schools (1935-40) he coached at Tulane (1941-49) where he was head basketball coach. From 1949-51 he coached in Newport
News, Virginia then move back home in 1951 to teach and coach in public schools. From 1958-1960 he served on the parish council
and was a superintendent of schools from 1961-73. Lefty was also an avid bowler.
The first manager of Airline Bowl at 7401 Airline (1962), Gilda was a charter member
Louisiana Women's Bowling Association (1966), the first woman chairman of a local Professional Bowling Association tournament
(at Pelican Lanes in 1974), and recipient of an LWBA outstanding service to female bowling award in recognition of two decades
of work with children