John McDonogh High School

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John McDonogh Senior High School
Location
2426 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana

United States
Coordinates29°58′08″N 90°03′55″W / 29.96889°N 90.06528°W / 29.96889; -90.06528Coordinates: 29°58′08″N 90°03′55″W / 29.96889°N 90.06528°W / 29.96889; -90.06528
Information
TypePublic
Established1902
School districtRecovery School District
PrincipalMarvin Thompson
Faculty53
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment513 (2011–07)
SportsFootball, Basketball, Baseball, and Volleyball.
MascotTrojans
 
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John McDonogh Senior High School
Location
2426 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana

United States
Coordinates29°58′08″N 90°03′55″W / 29.96889°N 90.06528°W / 29.96889; -90.06528Coordinates: 29°58′08″N 90°03′55″W / 29.96889°N 90.06528°W / 29.96889; -90.06528
Information
TypePublic
Established1902
School districtRecovery School District
PrincipalMarvin Thompson
Faculty53
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment513 (2011–07)
SportsFootball, Basketball, Baseball, and Volleyball.
MascotTrojans

John McDonogh Senior High School is a public high school in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.[1] As of 2013 it is a charter school operated by "Future Is Now."[2]

History[edit]

It was originally an all-girls school, and later a co-ed all-white school, but was racially integrated after 1967. Of the New Orleans public schools, it once had an academic reputation second only to Benjamin Franklin High School. John McDonogh has a vast sport history, winning district in football, baseball, and basketball a combined 83 times in its 109 year history. Prior to Hurricane Katrina it had an average enrollment of 1,200 making it one of the largest high school per enrollment in Orleans Parish School Board. It has a current enrollment of 513 post Katrina.[citation needed]

John McDonogh became the center of national news when on April 14, 2003 10th grade student Jonathan "Caveman" Williams was shot and killed in the school crowded gymnasium during P.E.[1]

In 2010 Paul Vallas, the superintendent of the Recovery School District, said that McDonogh should be converted into a charter school. Some teachers argued against the charter conversion. As of 2010 nobody has filed an application to convert McDonogh.[3]

Around 2012 "Future is Now" took over all grades at John McDonogh.[4]

As of February 2013 John McDonogh is being featured on a 6 episode reality series entitled Blackboard Wars on Oprah Winfrey Network. Sandra Ewell, a woman quoted in an article by WWL-TV, argued "They're calling this school the worst school in America. These children are living up to that. They're giving it very negative connotations. These children have to go to school with that title and that's wrong."[5]

Notable Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Young, Tara. "Student's death sparks crescendo of revenge." The Times-Picayune. Wednesday February 11, 2004. Retrieved on January 7, 2009.
  2. ^ "John McDonogh Senior High School." Recovery School District. Retrieved on March 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Farris, Meg. "Potential shift to charter for John McDonogh High worries some." (Archive) WWL-TV. October 5, 2010. Retrieved on August 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Vanacore, Andrew. "Recovery School District faces anger over firings at Cohen, L.B. Landry high schools." The Times Picayune. October 9, 2012. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  5. ^ Satchfield, Scott. "TV show about issues at John McDonogh High School draws criticism." (Archive) WWL-TV. Wednesday February 20, 2013. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "Chopstar Djs". Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  7. ^ "DJ Hollygrove". Apple,Inc. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  8. ^ OG Ron C#ChopNotSlop Radio

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