The Late Sandra Parker’s McDonogh 35 1957 Scrap Book


Sandra Parker

The sole scrap book of an individual’s high school experience was provided to this site by the family of the late Sandra Parker. She was the valedictorian of the McDonogh 35 1957 Class. The memoir details the individual experience of a senior at McDonogh 35 High School. Aspirations of various people are imagined. School activities were  images of the times. We reflect and remember our personal high school experiences.

McDonogh 35 High School, New Orleans

Roneagle mascot

African American residents of New Orleans entered 1917 with new aspirations. John McDonogh, a late 19th century  entrepreneur, provided a grant to make this high school a reality. McDonogh 35 became the first public high school in New Orleans.  Often referred to as “35” , McDonogh has been a pillar of hope, achievement and excellence in New Orleans and its surrounding area since its inception. The eagle seen by others is the revered  Roneagle  of McDonogh 35. They are proud of their mascot and its endurance is a story in itself. Three year books from the Roneagles are available from the mid to late 1960s.

Newspaper Articles From 1968

African American High Schools in 1968

Outstanding LIALO Player

Newspaper Articles regarding LIALO activity were added for 1968. The articles are from the Advocate and the Times Picayune Newspapers.  These two newspapers covered the southern parts of Louisiana with largely urban exposures in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The articles are ordered by the month and chronologically within each month.  Unlike in previous years,  there was more attention paid to the African American high schools with major media coverage. Younger  readers will find this information quite informative and for individuals who attended these schools, it will remind them of yester years.

Jonas Henderson High School New Iberia, Louisiana


Jonas Henderson High School


Jonas Henderson High School, New Iberia , Louisiana, traces its origin to Howe Institute , a denominational effort. This effort is consistent with African American educational efforts throughout the state of Louisiana. New Iberia Training School evolved to become  the den of the Tigers. Professor Jonas Henderson was present for fifty-four years to guide  and to nurture the students. The school moved to several locations, maintaining its integrity until integration in 1969, when it became New Iberia Freshman High School. The Tigers leave a legacy of pride, self-reliance , integrity,  citizenship and accomplishment.

50 Years Later – Louisiana’s Black High Schools Finally Get Their Own Webpages

A couple months ago, all of the schools were linked to pdf files, which would show some history or a yearbook. You would have to scroll a 3-200 page pdf file (700 for one school – find out which one!!!) and pass through every yearbook in order to find the yearbook or picture that you really wanted to see.


Every school is now receiving a webpage!!! For many of these schools, it will be their largest presence on the web.

Though most schools ceased operation in 1970, alumni and actions toward the schools still make the news to this day and we would like to share them with you.

A video of a high school reunion making the news can’t be seen on a pdf.  A video of an alumnus protecting his school from destruction can’t be seen in a pdf. These moments can only be seen with a web page.

In the meantime,

Thank you for all the yearbooks, articles and pictures you have sent so far!!!

If you have any internet links or videos online pertaining to your schools, please send the links to us and we’ll add them to the site!!!




Southern University’s 51st Anniversary


Southern University is significant in Louisiana history because it provided an avenue of higher education attainment for many African Americans who would not have had the opportunity due to segregation of the races. The State Legislative Act 87 incorporated the institution. Its doors opened in March 7, 1881 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The University existed there until Legislative Act 118  closed the New Orleans location and established a new Campus on Scott’s Bluff in Baton Rouge. The original charter was retained.

The March 9, 1965 edition of the Southern University Digest was dedicated to the history of Southern University after its move to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1914. An interesting editorial questioned the exclusion of thirty-years from its existence. The entire newspaper was presented to let the reader get a situational glimpse of the facilities, the Vietnam-era times and our thoughts at that time.

Interestingly, Southern University provided the inspiration for competition for  African American High Schools in the state. The Louisiana Interscholastic Athletic and Literary Association (LIALO, LIALA) was established in 1928 to bridge the gap for African American students in secondary schools so their success could be realized. The Significant Notes, History Section on this website contains a Southern University Digest publication, March 9, 1965, Number 11.  A detailed history of Southern University can be found.


Booker T. Washington High School, Shreveport, Louisiana


Booker T. Washington High School, Shreveport, Louisiana   Booker T. Washington High School was iconic, not only for African American high schools ,but, for  all American high schools. The school’s architecture bridged the gap from the previous architecture and technologically the school soared. The Lions were positioned at the top of the hill. Their history is compelling, their exploits are sources of admiration and pride for the state of Louisiana. The Lions are still on the prowl today.