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.
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.
Education in Madison Parish did not come easily. The initial education efforts in the reconstruction period were managed by benevolent societies. Facilities were substandard, and educators and students were often treated poorly. Public schools were initially attended by African Americans and they were bitterly opposed by whites. One and two room schools dominated the landscape from the 1920’s. Finally, after World War II a surplus military building was bought by the school board and became Reuben McCall High School, a centralized African American school in Tallulah. In 1950 a brick building was constructed. Later, the schools were consolidated at Reuben McCall High School for African Americans in Madison Parish. This was accomplished by the bond issue of 1955. Integration began by court order in 1965 and then in 1970 all of the schools were integrated. Two year books were added from 1965 and 1966.
1951 marked the beginning of the Booker T. Washington High School Era. Central Colored High School, 1918, was replaced with a new facility. The administration and students all transferred to their new den . The Lion, the 1951 Year Book from the newly designed and erected school was the first edition. The Lions had much to roar about and they commenced to make sounds across the regional and national landscapes. They arrived with much fanfare and they have endured until today.
Princeton School traces its origin to an 1871 land deed by the Wesley Chapel Church. The Fillmore Colored School, Tin Top School and Cedar Grove School were forerunners of something great. A 1919 grant by the Rosenwald Fund sealed the fate of this community project. Princeton Rosenwald School was founded and the name began to take form. A new high school was constructed in 1956 and was dedicated as the Princeton High School. The Dragons dressed in green and white and their story is historic. The Dragons’ story is similar to many other stories of African American high schools and its speaks to the determination and foresight into the perceived destinies of students who walked through Princeton High School’s doors.
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.
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.
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.