BREAKING: Dr. “Buddy” Shaw passes at 84. from Tom Pace, Executive Editor, www.ShreveTalk.com
From: Caddo Parish School Board Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree: *Update Funeral Arrangements Visitation Wed., Jan. 24th 9-10am, followed at 10:30am Service at First Presbyterian Church. 900 Jordan St., Shreveport, La.
It is with heavy hearts our Caddo Family learned earlier today of the passing of Dr. B.L. “Buddy” Shaw. He was 84.
Dr. Shaw was in many ways intertwined in the history of Caddo Parish Public Schools and, in particular, C.E. Byrd High School.
Born in 1933, Dr. Shaw began his career with Caddo in 1956 as a classroom teacher at Hamilton Terrace Junior High School. Seeking to grow professionally, Dr. Shaw went on to become assistant principal of Youree Drive Junior High School in 1965 and principal of his beloved C.E. Byrd High School in 1970. He served as the school’s principal until his retirement in 1986 and in that time oversaw the revitalization of C.E. Byrd including the creation of the school’s math and science magnet. This rebirth of C.E. Byrd High was the brainchild of Dr. Shaw who had been named a Danforth Fellow while principal. It was during this fellowship he conducted an in-depth study of ways to improve C.E. Byrd’s reputation and take the school to new heights.
Dr. Shaw retired from the district in 1986 after 30 years of service. It was at this time Dr. Shaw ran for the Caddo Parish School Board and became District 6’s representative from January 1987 until December 1994. In that time, he also served as the Board president in 1992. In 2000, he also was named to C.E. Byrd’s Hall of Fame.
A proud graduate of Northwestern State University, Dr. Shaw is remembered as a member of NSU’s Hall of Distinguished Educators. He established a scholarship endowment at Northwestern in honor of his daughter and stepson who each attended NSU.
Dr. Shaw continued his service to public education and the people of Caddo Parish when he overwhelmingly won the Louisiana District 6 House seat – an office he held from 1996 to 2004. On the House floor, Dr. Shaw was known for his no nonsense approach coupled with quick wit. He consistently advocated for government efficiencies but strongly urged his colleagues to never do so at the expense of public education.
“Dr. Shaw is undoubtedly a legend in our district and a man who set C.E. Byrd High School apart from the crowd. More so, Dr. Shaw was a career educator who loved the students of this district and spent his life in service to our community. Our district and our parish are better for having Dr. Shaw and his legacy will long be remembered,” said Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Parish Public Schools.