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.
Southern University is significant in Louisiana history because it provided an avenue of higher education attainment for many African Americans who would not have had the opportunity due to segregation of the races. The State Legislative Act 87 incorporated the institution. Its doors opened in March 7, 1881 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The University existed there until Legislative Act 118 closed the New Orleans location and established a new Campus on Scott’s Bluff in Baton Rouge. The original charter was retained.
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 facilities, the Vietnam-era times and our thoughts at that time.
Interestingly, Southern University provided the inspiration for competition for African American High Schools in the state. The Louisiana Interscholastic Athletic and Literary Association (LIALO, LIALA) was established in 1928 to bridge the gap for African American students in secondary schools so their success could be realized. The Significant Notes, History Section on this website contains a Southern University Digest publication, March 9, 1965, Number 11. A detailed history of Southern University can be found.
The Panthers at McKinley Senior High School do not disappoint. They have the record for the oldest high school year book on this website, 1928. A journey through their year book is a journey into another time. Then, again, its a journey into our time of the 60’s and 70’s and connects with the present time.