Bruce Ladeau former SBHS principal(1968-1995)

Bruce R. Ladeau Award established at SBHS

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Thursday April 26, 2012

Bruce Ladeau former principal(1968-1995), teacher, department chair and founding faculty member of South Burlington High School passed away this past November after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bruce’s family was looking for a way to honor Bruce as well as support South Burlington High School, hence the establishment of a new principal’s award that will be accompanied by an annual scholarship to a SBHS graduating senior.  It is the family’s wishes that the award be chosen by the current SBHS Principal in accordance with the criteria set by the Ladeau family.  This award will join the already existing Herbert award  named in honor of John J. Herbert, South Burlington High School’s first principal (1961-1968). 

Mr. Ladeau’s impact on the schools and city of South Burlington cannot be overstated. He served as principal of the high school for 26 years, a tenure that was preceded by his serving as the science department chair and as a biology teacher.

As comfortable knee-deep in a river performing science research as he was giving a school board presentation in a three piece suit, Mr. Ladeau’s imprint on the high school was profound. Academic excellence and student life were the centerpieces of his work as a teacher and leader. Mr. Ladeau founded the South Burlington Student Council, was the driving force behind the community’s construction of our community and school library as well as science labs that remain state-of-the-art many years later. Mr. Ladeau’s legacy includes his strong advocacy for the school’s expansion of the school’s programs to include the visual arts, girls’ athletics, and foreign exchange (TIE).

Mr. Ladeau also led the charge for the inclusion of special needs students in the high school’s academic and extra-curricular programs.

South Burlington High School faculty member Larry Hills, a former colleague and student of Mr. Ladeau shared the following:

“My most vivid memories of Bruce Ladeau are centered on the SBHS biology rooms, 214 & 215, where I was his student. He was a highly skilled practitioner of the inquiry method in science, a teacher ahead of his time. Bruce taught me about biology, of course, but also about how to do science and the sweet thrill of discovery. I learned more about how to teach from being his student than I did from all the education courses I’ve taken.”

SOURCE: Patrick Burke, Principal, South Burlington High School