Eleanor McMain Secondary School

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Eleanor Laura McMain Secondary School[1] is a secondary school in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana.[2] It is directly operated by Inspire charter network. The school was named in honor of New Orleans social activist Eleanor McMain. Students and Alumni refer to the schools appearance as "The Birthday Cake" because of its square shape and candle-like pillars.

The school is two blocks away from the former Alcee Fortier High School, now the Lusher Charter School secondary campus. Originally McMain was an all-girls school.[3]

As Hurricane Katrina was about to hit, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) designated McMain as a place where people could receive transportation to the Louisiana Superdome, a shelter of last resort.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "From the desk of the Principal." McMain Secondary School. December 16, 2007. Retrieved on March 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Morris, Robert. "Open-admission Uptown high schools miss state averages in most subjects." Uptown Messenger. July 6, 2012. Retrieved on August 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Sisco, Annette. "McMain class of 1941 holds 70th reunion, celebrate the event in Metairie." The Times-Picayune. Wednesday June 8, 2011. Retrieved on March 18, 2013.
  4. ^ Nolan, Bruce. "KATRINA TAKES AIM." The Times-Picayune. Sunday August 28, 2005. Retrieved on March 18, 2013.
  5. ^ Montoya, Maria C. and Keith Spera (music writer). "Lil Wayne goes back to school (story and video)." New Orleans Times Picayune. Saturday February 23, 2008. Retrieved on March 16, 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2012/12/life_after_hurrican_katrina_ha.html

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Coordinates: 29°56′31″N 90°06′42″W / 29.941952°N 90.111805°W / 29.941952; -90.111805