Photos: Teacher sees off last class Photos: Teacher sees off last class Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- John McDonogh High School cosmetology program teacher Deborah Richardson helps senior Rynesha Williams work on cutting a manikin with human hair in the school's vocational cosmetology program which includes a salon classroom in New Orleans, La. Friday, March 28, 2014. The school will soon shut down and the cosmetology program with it. Advocate story April 24, 2014 Comments For 30 years, Richardson has reigned over this corner of the Esplanade Avenue school: a classroom and a 12-sink salon next door. For many years, she worked with 100 or 150 students each year. Charts of carefully entered data show names and test dates. Over time, 90 percent of her students passed the two state tests to become licensed cosmetologists. About half have gone on to work in salons.