McKinley Senior High School

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McKinley High School
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800 East McKinley St.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70802

Coordinates 30°25′25″N 91°10′27″W / 30.423513°N 91.174164°W / 30.423513; -91.174164
Type Free public
School district East Baton Rouge Parish
Principal Armond D. Brown
Grades 9 - 12
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Blue and White          
Mascot Panthers

McKinley Senior High School, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is located on 800 E. McKinley St. is home to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board's first (of two) gifted and talented high school programs. The school mascot is a panther and the school colors are royal blue and white.


The current campus sits in an urban area of Baton Rouge just to the northwest of the Louisiana State University campus and is bordered by Lake Crest, one of the LSU lakes to the East. Facilities include five main buildings, many out buildings, football and baseball fields, tennis courts, track and field facilities, and a new black box theater which was built by students in 2006.


McKinley is Baton Rouge's only high school with a Gifted and Talented program. It also offers 23 Advanced Placement courses.

McKinley's high academics standards regularly have it ranked amongst the best in the state.[1] The students ranked 18th of all schools in Louisiana for the statewide average ACT score and 3rd in the state when comparing their Gifted and Talented program.[1]

Eighteen graduating students from 2007 and 2008 received National Merit and Advanced Placement Scholarships.

Extra curricular[edit]


McKinley students can choose from over 20 student clubs.[2] The following is an abbreviated list:

  • Beta
  • Chess
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Youth and Government
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Honor Society
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Student Government Association (SGA)


McKinley competes in the Louisiana High School Athletics Association (LHSAA) District 5 Class 5A. They compete in the following sports:[3]

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Boys and Girls Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Track and Cross Country
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Wrestling
  • Swimming

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Donnie Ray Albert - Grammy Award-winning opera performer (Porgy and Bess)[4]
  • Jason Banks - Pro football player for the Arizona Cardinals
  • Hubert 'Rap' Brown - Prominent radical leader of the 1960s - author of Die Nigger Die!. Attended McKinley.
  • Isiah Carey- Emmy award-winning television journalist with KRIV Houston[citation needed]
  • Don Chaney - Former NBA great (Boston Celtics) and former head coach of New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and Detroit Pistons
  • Lil Boosie- Local Rapper. Attended McKinley.
  • Kevin Gates- Rapper; Owns Bread Winner Association (BWA); Attended McKinley
  • Cleveland Davis- LSU Football Player
  • Joseph Delpit - First black councilman to serve the City of Baton Rouge[5]
  • Cleo Fields- Louisiana State Senator and former United States Congressman
  • Tommy Green - Former NBA player and former collegiate head basketball coach (Southern University)[6][7]
  • Hon. John Michael Guidry - Louisiana State Appellate Court Judge[8]
  • Buddy Guy—Legendary five-time Grammy Award winning blues guitarist whom Eric Clapton and many music critics have called the greatest blues guitarist alive.
  • Lars Kestner - Author
  • Chris Thomas King - Grammy award-winning blues artist and actor (O Brother Where Art Thou?)
  • Chenese Lewis- Actress & plus-size model
  • Ethan Martin—former All-Southeastern Conference and All-America basketball point guard at LSU.
  • Calvin Nicholas- Former wide receiver for San Francisco 49ers[9]
  • Theresa Rice Love - Educator, Scholar, Professor (University of Southern Illinois)[10]
  • Jewel Joseph Newman (Class of 1941), black city council member from Baton Rouge, 1972 to 1984; member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1984 to 1988; community organizer from the Scotlandville area[11]
  • Eddie G. Robinson- Hall of Fame former Grambling State University Football Coach
  • Keith Smart- Former Indiana basketball player, one-time head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers, and head coach for the Golden State Warriors
  • Rev. Dr. Charles T. Smith, Member of Board of Directors of the National Baptist Convention, influential pastor, and community leader.
  • Dr. Dolores Richard Spikes - Educator and first woman to head a University system in U. S. (Southern University System in Louisiana)
  • Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor—Pastor Emeritus of famous Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. Noted theologian, scholar, and teacher (Harvard and Yale), recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom. Named America's Greatest Black Preacher (Ebony Magazine Poll, 1993)
  • Johnny Thomas - Head track and field coach at Southern University; inducted to SWAC Conference sports hall of fame.
  • Tyrus Thomas- Former LSU basketball player, now playing for the Charlotte Bobcats
  • Nemiah Wilson—Former All-pro defensive back and kick returner with Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders 1965-75
  • Michael Wesley Ham - Educator at the International center of Photography and The New York City School of Technology, internationally exhibited artist.
  • Keifer Phillips- All American/ ALL SWAC College Football Grambling State University - Pittsburg Steelers Linebacker
  • Eric Delcambre- Former LSU Ice Hockey Left Wing, now plays with BRUHA Bulls, aka Master Eric the Drift Stunta, all around badass. Notable quote "I ain't even flinch."


  1. ^ a b McKinley High. 08 Nov. 2007. McKinley Senior High School. 18 Apr. 2008.
  2. ^ Clubs. Unknown Publication Date. McKinley Senior High School. 18 Apr. 2008.
  3. ^ Sports. Unknown Publication Date. McKinley Senior High School. 18 Apr. 2008.
  4. ^ Donnie Ray Albert, M.M., Bass/Baritone. Unknown Publication Date. East Baton Rouge Parish Library - Our African American Legacy. 18 Apr. 2008.
  5. ^ JOE DELPIT. Unknown Publication Date. East Baton Rouge Parish Library - Our African American Legacy. 18 Apr. 2008.
  6. ^ Tommy Green. Unknown Publication Date. 18 Apr. 2008
  7. ^ Green is new head basketball coach at Southern Univ. 23 Sep. 1996. Bnet. 18 Apr. 2008.
  8. ^ Hon. John Michael Guidry. Unknown Publication Date. East Baton Rouge Parish Library - Our African American Legacy. 18 Apr. 2008.
  9. ^ Calvin Nicholas at
  10. ^ Professor emerita dies at age 81. 01 Oct. 2002. 18 Apr. 2008.
  11. ^ "Jewel Joseph Newman". Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 

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