Lucie N. DuValle (1868-1928) was born in Louisville on August 16, 1868, to Peter and Irene (Watkins) DuValle. No information could be found on Peter. Irene was a single mother of five daughters: Alice Edwards, Lucie DuValle, Eva DuValle, Helen DuValle, and Mamie DuValle. By 1898, the family lived in their own home at 1923 W. Chestnut Street in the Russell Neighborhood. Lucie and her sisters were graduates of Louisville Central High School. They all had careers to support the family. Lucie was a teacher and the first female principal in Louisville for California Colored School, which became Phyllis Wheatley School. Alice worked as a domestic servant and Mamie as a milliner. Helen was a teacher at Western Colored School and Central Negro Night School. Eva was a dressmaker and during World War I became director of girl’s work for the War Camp Community Service.
After her death, Lucie was celebrated for her contributions to education. She is credited with starting the precursors to the PTA as well as educational programs like health and vocational training. In 1952, Lucie N. DuValle Junior High School opened at 9th and Chestnut Streets in the old Central High School. In 1956, it moved to 3500 Bohne Avenue as a combined facility with Joseph S. Cotter Elementary School. Thirty years later, it was renamed the DuValle Education Center, which offered GED courses, vocational training, and Head Start. Photo of Lucie is from “Courier-Journal” February 20, 1991.