W. O. Boston High School was a fixture in the African American High School community; it endured into the early 1980’s. A thoughtful alumni decided to commemorate its graduates from its inception until its demise. We are elated to celebrate its legacy. The Panthers imprint has extended to the African American community nationwide. The Panthers leave their footprint upon this site as a shadow of all of its graduates who have wandered through its halls and classrooms. Panther-lore continues.
An ominous event lead a community to a decision that the victims of a natural disaster, Hurricane Audrey, would not be forgotten. Audrey Memorial High School was born out of this tragedy; 500 people lost their lives. Dedicating a high school to such a catastrophic event made every student, the parish, the state and the country know the pain and despair experienced by this community.
The Audrey Memorial High School mascot was part of the same theme of catastrophe and rebirth as the mere presence of the mascot, Hurricanes, reminded everyone about this historic event. The Hurricanes were well versed in tragedy. Finally, in 1970 the Hurricanes could not muster any more energy, the winds of time descended upon the school. Audrey Memorial High School and its symbolic name and mascot ceased to exist. They must never be forgotten. We understand the importance of remembering triumphs and catastrophes because they make us who we are.
The LIALO was the North Star for African American high schools. Future generations witnessed its demise as a “shooting star” across the Louisiana sky. Prior to 1970 St. Augustine was the sole member of the LHSAA( Louisiana High School Athletic Association). February , 1970, marked the admittance of 34 LIALO members into this organization. Needless to say, this admittance was the death knell for the LIALO. The LIALO became disenfranchised.
Meanwhile , competitions in the LIALO continued at a feverish pace. The last sign of a once proud and accomplished organization ended with the North-South Basketball Game. The South squad prevailed; we lost.
The Bears at Oak Grove, Louisiana awakened from hibernation in the early 20th Century with an appetite for enlightment. They desired education; they proactively addressed their situation. Discovering the Rosenwald Fund provided the impetus for a new relationship with the West Carroll Parish School Board and the African American community. April 3, 1956, marked the beginning of a goal set by all stake-holders for the new Combs-McIntyre High School.
The Bears were on the high school scene until 1969. Very much was accomplished since the awakening occurred. The Oak Grove community, Louisiana, and our country have prospered as a result of the brilliant decisions that lead to the creation of Combs-McIntyre High School. The Bears are part of our heritage and we invite them to help us tell their story.
Chaneyville High School by Twentieth Century standards was considered a small school and one would not think they would have an impact upon this website. However, Dragons are known for their ambition and dominance seeking tendencies. Records are usually broken incrementally; The dragons disposed of the expected and soared to unimaginable heights. The Chaneyville High School Dragons delivered in a most dramatic fashion on September 29, 2018. Previously 200 visitors in 24 hours was the bar for the most visitors within 24 hours. An echo of amazement overshadowed this website on this date, 400 visitors and 650 views. Chaneyville High School accounted for 527 views. The Dragons made us believe in the Dragons’ magical touch. Since that time there is continuing interest in Dragon-lore on this site. We salute the Chaneyville High School Dragons for another golden record.
Wisner Gilbert High School was formed as a consolidation of two schools, Wisner School and Gilbert School. Wisner Gilbert High School was the Devils’ Den. The Devils were proud of their facilities and anyone who dared to enter their gymnasium was aware of the consequences. The Devils’ ferocity and guile on the basketball court was legendary. The Devils were true to their name; they had accomplishments in the academic arena. The Wisner Gilbert High School Devils can rest with a new home on this website. A year book from 1964 is present.
Southern Laboratory High School was an invention of Dr. J. S. Clark and originated in 1922. The Laboratory School presently exists and thrives on its main campus. The school is noted for its scholars, athletes and alumni. The Kittens have had their share of success during the LIALO days and in the LHSAA days. The Kittens’ 1941 Year Book was added to their site page. We encourage the alumni to present more year books.
Newspaper articles from LIALO (Louisiana Interscholastic Athletic and Literary Organization) participating schools that appeared in The Times Picayune (New Orleans) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge) were compiled and arranged chronologically. The reader can formulate an idea about how competitive the schools were and the level of participation. A picture from one of the stories is used to symbolize each year. Presently, The 1969, 1968 and 1967 newspaper articles can be accessed through the Significant Notes Section from the menu bar.
Panthers have always been an enigma in the forest. The W. O. Boston Panthers are now in full form on our site; they can be seen in all of their glory. Since 1907 they have been leaders in the Lake Charles community. They endured until 1983. Time and circumstances have a way of altering our realities. The proud Panthers are on display on this web site and we enthusiastically endorse their presence.