Mrs. Eula Dunnings Britton
Principal 1924–1957Mrs. Britton was born in or near Mangham, Louisiana between 1891 and 1894
The actual date of her birth is not known. She was the third child of
nine, born to Edward and Mary Jane Dunnings. History tells us that her
father began a school on the farm where she was raised. He called it the
Dunnings School. She and her siblings were taught basic reading, writing
and arithmetic, during their time away from farm work. Mrs. Britton was
able to finish the eighth grade while still on the farm. It is believed that she
then attended Homer High School of Union Parish where she received her
diploma. She migrated to the Rayville area sometime between 1918 and
1922, where she became a member of the small faculty of the school that
was initially held in the Macedonia Baptist Church. Grades 1-6 were being
taught at this school. Mrs. Britton was named principal .
From this point on, the history of the school becomes clearer. Mrs.
Britton continued to further her education while still the head administrator
of the school that began as a five month school, offering only a sixth grade
education. The school, however, continued to grow to a fully accredited
high school that eventually carried her name. She earned a Bachelor’s
Degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1937) and a
Master’s Degree from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia (1945). She
retired as principal of Eula D. Britton High School after the 1957 school
Mrs. Britton is credited with laying the real foundation for the education of
African Americans in the Rayville community. She was optimistic beyond
belief and held a keen sense of responsibility for her community, her work,
and her faith. Her outstanding abilities as a teacher and as a principal are
reflected in the many students who came under her tutelage. History cannot
record all of the many remarkable achievements and services that were
formulated through her devotion to excellence, her pursuit of honesty,
integrity, and truthfulness, and of her love for God and for her fellowman.
She became a life long member of Rankin Chapel A.M.E. Church. She had
a passion for education and commitment to those she taught. Her life was a
model of excellence and her memory will live forever among those who
knew her work. Mrs. Britton died April 16, 1986.