1951 marked the beginning of the Booker T. Washington High School Era. Central Colored High School, 1918, was replaced with a new facility. The administration and students all transferred to their new den . The Lion, the 1951 Year Book from the newly designed and erected school was the first edition. The Lions had much to roar about and they commenced to make sounds across the regional and national landscapes. They arrived with much fanfare and they have endured until today.
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 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.
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.