Coach Webster Duncan was a motivator of young boys and girls in Oakdale, Louisiana. His roots were in Morehouse Parish at Morehouse High School where he learned the basics and received his education. This veteran returned home to bestow an everlasting impression upon young students in the Oakdale community. With assistance from his colleagues, he overcame barriers to success and his teams achieved fame in the basketball arena and, subsequently, in life. The Hornets were major players in the Louisiana Interscholastic Athletic and Literary Association State Championship competition. They obtained the Louisiana State Championship title upon two occasions and near misses on several occasions. When his team entered the basketball court, they were the team to beat.
St. Matthew High School was a “Jewel” for people who lived south of Natchitoches, LA. An application for U.S. National Register was submitted for consideration. The Tigers have a compelling story for recognition.
Tensas Rosenwald High School was a bright star in the St. Joseph, LA community. It is rumored there was a warrior, Geronimo, who could be seen traveling down the roads in the St. Joseph vicinity. The people held great affection for Geronimo and his legend lives on. Everyone in the surrounding area knew about the bus, Geronimo. It symbolized a commitment to community.
The web page for Tensas Rosenwald has four year books. Click the bus and let Geronimo take you for a ride to Tensas Rosenwald High School as remembered so dearly by its student body and competitors throughout the state of Louisiana.
Francis Marion Boley High School has a new addition of class rings from the senior class of 1964. The rings were gold with sparkling blue stones. The Bulldog is prominently displayed. Citizenship with all of its responsibilities and privileges was highly prized. The Bulldogs’ story with their rings can be viewed on their webpage. Their rings and those of other schools are displayed in the Rings Of Honor, The Schools We Attended webpage.
Audrey Memorial High School will forever be remembered in Louisiana high school history because it will forever be associated by name with a catastrophic flood of gigantic proportions. Three Hurricane year books, 1961, 1963 and 1964 were added to the site. On viewing each there does appear to be individuals missing in the upper classes. They were smaller than usual.
Coach Eddie Flint was a multitalented youth who attended Xavier Preparatory High School. Equally at ease in all major sports, he excelled in football and basketball in high school. He fortuitously became quarterback of his high school team after observation of his skills by his high school coach during touch football in physical education class. After change of position from tight end to quarterback, he retained the position extending into his college career at Xavier University. He was a guard on his high school basketball team as well. Upon graduation he became the football coach at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. His teams were the epitome of excellence. His teams won three Louisiana Interscholastic Athletic and Literary Organization State Football Championships and after integration continued the rampage into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. He is recognized as one of the top coaches in the nation and he was enshrined in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Arthur Welch, Jr., the space pioneer, was emblematic of a purposeful, driven life of fulfillment in the possibilities for African American high school graduates who were destined to succeed. Listen to his story about how he played in the high school band in the homecoming parade followed by two-way play on the football field, marched at half time and returned to his team for the second half. There was no way this man could be prevented from succeeding. He fulfilled his destiny. The man on the moon did not get there by himself.
Kirk Clayton was a rare sprinter. We were fortunate to witness an individual who was committed to achievement, both, on the track and off the track. Dr. Kirk Clayton persevered and one of his enduring accomplishments was the “spark” to ignite this website. The inquisitive Dr. Clayton asked a question when he was enshrined into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame. Where are the other athletes from the Louisiana Interscholastic Athletic and Literary Association (L.I.A.L.O.)? He answered the question by exclaiming, “I was not the only one. There were other great athletes”.
A symbol of accomplishment and school pride is best exemplified by the varsity school jacket. The school’s name with a letter to denote its origin was enshrined upon the school’s colors. If there were major accomplishments, these were emblazoned on the sleeves. The jackets signified manhood or womanhood in many sports. Usually, the star athletes or their girlfriends were the wearers. Some of the jackets are displayed here.
The Eagle, 1972, is a comprehensive view of campus life at Second Ward High School in Edgard, LA. The student body was active in diverse pursuits and they had many accomplishments, both academic and athletic. No student was left behind in their quests for enlightment.