N P Moss school
N. P. Moss School
Built Circa Year: Built 1926
Address: 801 Mudd Avenue
National Register of Historic Places: Lafayette Historic Register Number 039
Historic Register Listing:Designated May 3, 1995

N. P. Moss School was built close to the same time as Lafayette Middle and Judice Middle Schools. One year after it opened, the grounds served as a temporary tent city for those who were left homeless after the Mississippi River Valley Flood of 1927. In the 1930s, it was the first school in Lafayette Parish to offer a school lunch program, and during the 1940s, students and faculty actively worked together on hometown projects to support World War II efforts abroad. Projects included a Victory Garden, scrap metal collecting, rolling first aid bandages, and selling war bonds and stamps. The school was originally named for Dr. Nathaniel Peter Moss, a native of Lafayette Parish, born in 1864. Dr. Moss was the son of A. J. Moss and Octave Cornay Moss. He became a merchant at age 18, and after studying medicine under Dr. Francis Sterling Mudd, he entered medical school at Tulane University graduating in 1887. He returned to Lafayette to practice medicine and operate Moss Pharmacy. The Moss Pharmacy building is featured on page 19 of this book. In 2019, this school was renamed for Raphael A. Baranco, a prominent civic leader and the first black member of Lafayette Parish School Board.