The Littleton High School accepted a portrait of longtime coach Pierre Lafitte (1946 – 2016) at a well-attended ceremony last Wednesday night, Jan. 2.
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January 09, 2019LITTLETON—Former educator and coach Pierre Lafitte was honored at Littleton High School last Wednesday. Lafitte passed away in 2016, and his portrait will not hang in Crusader Alley, besides the trophies that reflect his life's work.
High School Principal and North Country native Jennifer Carbonneau was visibly moved during the ceremony, which took place in a packed gym between girls and boys basketball games, with standing room only.
"Mr. Lafitte's influence spans our entire community," she said. "He dedicated his life's work to us."
Mr. Lafitte worked with Littleton students for 41 years, as social studies teacher, academic and student council adviser, and Athletic Director.
At the state level, Mr. Lafitte spent five decades in the New Hampshire Baseball Association—he served as NHAA Softball Committee member, Softball Umpires Association Supervisor of Officials, Softball Assignor of Officials, and eventually served as President of the New Hampshire Softball Umpires Association. He was honored as a member of the state New Hampshire Softball Umpires Association Hall of Fame.
As coach, he was once New Hampshire State Coach of the Year, two time NHIAA Class M Coach of the year, and led the Lady Crusaders to three consecutive championship years, in 1982, 1983, and 1984, the banners for which still hang in the gym.
"That's because we beat 'em in '81," recalled Peter Cofran.
"I coached against Pierre, back in the '70s and '80s," Cofran said, "It was great because of the type of person he was."
"He was a class act," he added. "The atmosphere in Littleton has always been very positive...it was always fun to come up here, because we know the visiting team would get treated properly."
"He was great—funny, great with the kids," recalled James Ramsey, who co-taught with Mr. Lafitte for almost three decades.
The two men coached and gardened together. He also taught all of Lafitte's children.
"We were the only class in the history of LHS to have a reunion every five years, because our class is so tight," recalled Ron Lahout, class of 1976. "I attribute that to him keeping us together. He attended every one...at that last reunion, which was two years ago, we were able to pull out a song that we dedicated to him at graduation, and we surrounded him and sang it. It was pretty cool."
The song was "To Sir With Love," which first gained prominence in the film of the same name starring Sidney Poitier, who portrayed a dedicated teacher.
"I knew Pierre for thirty years, in a number of different capacities: as a coach, athletic administrator, friend to all the kids," recalled Paul Hogan.
"Pierre was all about the kids," he said. "I can't say enough. His efforts on behalf of every student: the less fortunate, looking out for them, seeing the good in kids, patting them on the back and supporting them."
Pierre Lafitte was born in 1946.