Jerry Epperson of Baker graduated from a degree with honors in Mathematics/Physical Education at Northwestern and was a four-year football letterman, was Corps Commander of the ROTC program and a Distinguished Military Student. He earned a master’s degree at Northwestern in 1961. He began his career as a math teacher and coach at Coushatta High School in 1955 and served active duty in the U.S. Army in 1957 before working as a teacher and coach at Westdale Junior High. From 1960-68, he was a teacher, basketball and football coach at Broadmoor High School, leading the football team to a state championship in 1966 when he was named Coach of the Year.

Epperson was Assistant Principal at Broadmoor for one year before becoming Assistant Principal and later Principal at Baker High School, where he served from 1969-1987, during which time he was involved in several state athletic committees. From 1987-94, Epperson served as Director and Executive Director of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools and Interim Superintendent in 1995. He later served on the Education Committee for the Baker School System and was Superintendent of City of Baker Schools from 1999-2003. He later served as Interim Superintendent of City of Baker Schools in 2007. Throughout his career, he served on numerous education committees and was a guest speaker at education-related conventions in several states. He has been married for 57 years to NSU graduate Rose Epperson and has three grown sons and several grandchildren.