Many schools from Maryland to Texas were known as “Rosenwald Schools”. In 1919, Booker T. Washington partnered with Julius Rosenwald to eventually build more 5357 buildings in 15 states. Most of the buildings were schools. Workshops and teachers homes also received funding. The first Rosenwald school was constructed in Louisiana in 1916. When the Rosenwald grants ended in 1932, a quarter of the rural African American schools in the country were Rosenwald Schools. A small percentage of the 435 Rosenwald Schools remain. From CREOLEGEN

Second Ward High School Principal, Dr. Henry Yale Harris
We interviewed Second Ward High School’s first and only Principal, Dr. Henry Yale Harris. In this interview he covers education before the start of the second African American High School in St. John The Baptist Parish. Second Ward High school closed in 1969.


Most parishes had court cases which signified the end of segregation in Louisiana’s education. Some of these court cases are still open today. A few of the court cases pre-dated the famous Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended segregation nationwide. Regardless, these cases signaled the end of most of the African American High Schools in Louisiana


On February 4th, 1982, Louisiana Public Broadcasting presented an episode of the series “Folks” featuring Sharon Elizabeth’s Sexton documentary about the history of Paul Breaux High School in Lafayette, Parish. Part I details everything from the school opening in 1896 until the decision to close Paul Breaux High School after desegregation. Part II details the effects of desegregation of the African American Community in Lafayette.
Part I        Part II


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Louisiana Interscholastic Association Literary Organization (LIALO)
Prior to 1935, Louisiana did not have an organized STATE program of interscholastic activities for African American high school boys and girls. It took the vision of Dr. Joseph Samuel Clark, then the President of Southern University to form a state interscholastic competition. This is the story of the LIALO..

St. Augustine v. Louisiana High Schools Activities Association (LHSAA)
On August 14th, 1964, St. Augustine High School was the first school to apply to become a part of the LHSAA, the athletic association for Caucasians. It was rejected. The ensuing legal battle and victory would not only change the future of sports in Louisiana but have national effects as well. From the Sports Lawyers Journal…


At the 8th annual Pelican Relays, Scotlandville High Schooler, Kirk Clayton tied Jesse Owen’s high school record in the 100 yard dash. The article…


Southern University’s 51st Anniversary
The March 9, 1965 edition of the Southern University Digest was dedicated to the history of Southern University after its move to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1914. An interesting editorial questioned the exclusion of thirty-years from its existence. The entire newspaper was presented to let the reader get a situational glimpse of the times and our thoughts at that time.




Most of the history of African American education will be a distant memory of the past. Underfunded, unappreciated and an afterthought in main stream society, African American education rose with the hopes and the potential of its people. This is one of the stories chronicled about its origins.