Family and friends of the late Jerry Boudreaux gathered for the unveiling of a new sign in his honor on Friday.

The ceremonial renaming of the former Zachary High Academic Athletic building to the Jerry Boudreaux Academic Athletic Center was held during halftime of the Broncos’ game against Central High School.

Boudreaux, who was 81 when he died a year ago on Nov. 6, was principal of ZHS from 1970 to 1995; a Baker High graduate, teacher and coach; a community and church leader; educator; volunteer; Air Force veteran; Baker Jaycee; Zachary Rotarian; Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame member; and much more.

He was father to five children — Pookie and husband, Bill Screws; Brent Boudreaux and wife, Cheryl; Beetle and husband, Vic Fisher; Robyn and husband, David Amrhein; and Boosey Boudreaux and wife, Kelly — and 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The new sign was the first major fundraiser of the Zachary Athletic Foundation and was made possible by contributions from Boudreaux’s children, ZAF members, alumni of ZHS and residents of the community.

“His legacy of caring for students, for the many people served by the organizations he was a part of and for the entire community are reasons we chose to honor him,” Zachary Athletic Foundation President John Stagg said.

The capital campaign to rename the building began in March and cost about $7,500.

No funding came from Zachary School District finances, Stagg said.

The two-story building features the Bronco football locker room, a weight room, wrestling and powerlifting areas and a small office downstairs.

On the second floor are administrative offices for athletic and sports medicine staff, a large conference room for faculty meetings, health and sports medicine classes, and school events. The room doubles also as a space to hold community meetings.