Booker T. Washington High School, Shreveport, Louisiana

BTW HS

Booker T. Washington High School, Shreveport, Louisiana   Booker T. Washington High School was iconic, not only for African American high schools ,but, for  all American high schools. The school’s architecture bridged the gap from the previous architecture and technologically the school soared. The Lions were positioned at the top of the hill. Their history is compelling, their exploits are sources of admiration and pride for the state of Louisiana. The Lions are still on the prowl today.

Central Colored High School, Shreveport, Louisiana, Caddo Parish

Central High Colored SchoolCentral Colored High School, Shreveport, Louisiana, Caddo Parish was a victim of planned obsolescence, as evidenced by its name. Its doors were opened in 1917, however, the true impact of its place in Louisiana African American high school history was not realized, perhaps, because 12th grade was not offered until 1949, one year before its closure. Rising from the Central Colored High School’s ashes like a phoenix, Booker T. Washington High School was the capable successor. Central Colored High School, a shadow of itself during its days of glory, stands in the United States Registry of Historic Places.