Jefferson Davis High School was the home of the Hawks. The 1965 year book was added to the site to give us a glimpse of the culture of the school. Their experience appear to be typical of other African American high schools. They were supported by a dedicated faculty and students who were eager to learn.
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.
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.
THOSE DAYS ARE OVER!!!!!!
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 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.
The Panthers at McKinley Senior High School do not disappoint. They have the record for the oldest high school year book on this website, 1928. A journey through their year book is a journey into another time. Then, again, its a journey into our time of the 60’s and 70’s and connects with the present time.
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.
The Tigers at Sacred Heart High School had a ravenous appetite for education. Their journey can be viewed with four year books from the late fifties and the sixties. Their activities were well-rounded and they seemed to have enjoyed the limelight and the attention. We celebrate the Tiger’s roar.