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.
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.
The 1967 McDonogh 35 Year Book was added to the McDonogh 35 web page. A total of four year books are present from the mid to late 1960’s. We are eager to receive earlier year books since this school has a one hundred year history in New Orleans. We are sure the “Roneagles” will rise to the challenge, as they have always done.