Newspaper Articles From 1968

African American High Schools in 1968

Outstanding LIALO Player

Newspaper Articles regarding LIALO activity were added for 1968. The articles are from the Advocate and the Times Picayune Newspapers.  These two newspapers covered the southern parts of Louisiana with largely urban exposures in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The articles are ordered by the month and chronologically within each month.  Unlike in previous years,  there was more attention paid to the African American high schools with major media coverage. Younger  readers will find this information quite informative and for individuals who attended these schools, it will remind them of yester years.


Beauregard Parish Training School’s (BPTS) entry in the national register of historic places has been added into the significant notes section of the site. This is one of the few schools that we have information for in the List of High Schools by Parish Section and Significant Notes section. If you combine this information with the information from alumni, you will have a very detailed history of the school and history surrounding the school’s creation and effect on the Deridder, Louisiana African American Community.  BPTS entered the national register of historic places on March 1996.

This entry not only displays the historical importance of Beauregard Parish Training School, it also shows the importance of alumni contributions to history. Information from both sources have different points of emphasis. The government cannot be the sole historical provider.

H.C. Ross High School Rams of Crowley, Louisiana

Ram We have added information and pictures from H.C. Ross High School of Crowley Louisiana. H.C. Ross was named after the school’s first teacher/principal, Henry Clay Ross. The school was built in 1887 and lasted until desegregation in 1970. The link contains pictures from as far back as the 7th grade and the graduation class of 1930.  1965 was a good year on the basketball court. Check out the H.C. Ross link to see why!!!

Bethune Jr-Sr High School Significant Notes

Bethune Jr-Sr High School’s application to the National Register of Historic Places has been added to the SIGNIFICANT NOTES section of the site. This school was very important because of its importance as a center of education for African American students after its opening in 1961 and the time period of its construction. Bethune Jr-Senior High school is now known as Oak Park Elementary Middle School. Read its history and enjoy the extensive photograph collection.