Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School

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Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School
General information
Type Public High School
Location 1200 L.B. Landry Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70114 United States

Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School is a high school on the west bank of Orleans Parish in Algiers, New Orleans, Louisiana. The school opened in 2013 after the merger of L.B. Landry High School and O. Perry Walker College and Career Preparatory High School.[1] It is named after Lord Beaconsfield Landry (1878-1934) and Oliver Perry Walker (1899-1968). The current mascot is the Charging Buccaneers, deriving from the O. Perry Walker's Chargers mascot and L.B. Landry's Buccaneers mascot.

L.B. Landry High School history[edit]

L.B. Landry High School, was a secondary school in the Whitney area of Algiers, New Orleans, Louisiana. It was originally named after Lord Beaconsfield Landry (1878-1934), an African American activist, physician, and vocalist who lived in Algiers.[2][3]

The L.B. Landry School, originally an elementary school, opened on October 26, 1938. In 1942, it became a high school. It also was the first high school in Louisiana to be named after an African-American. It was the first high school on the west bank of New Orleans to enroll African-Americans regardless of income level.[4] In 1952, it became a joint junior/senior high school. The main building was destroyed by a fire in 1958 and was rebuilt in 1959. In 1969, an annex opened. It contained an assembly hall, a theater, and 22 classrooms.[2]

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused the school to close.[2] The hurricane resulted in mold, rain, and wind-related damages in the school's building.[5] Lentz said that there were few people who expected Landry to re-open.[4] The architectural firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple designed the new school.[4] A 214,000-square-foot (19,900 m2) replacement campus,[2] with a price tag of almost $54 million in federal disaster funds,[5] was designed to withstand winds of up to 130 miles (210 km) per hour, and solar panels are on the roof.[2] The three story campus was built with two gymnasiums, a space for a health center, and an auditorium with 650 seats.[6]

The Recovery School District (RSD) stated that the school would open with four grade levels instead of beginning with one level, so its size would be justified. The school would take grades 7 through 10. In two years, the 7th and 8th grades would be phased out, replaced with grades 11 and 12. As of April 2010 the school collected over 200 applications for the ninth grade.[6] The school re-opened in 2010. During the beginning of the first post-Katrina year of operation, there were reports of poor discipline and administrative turmoil. Mark Waller of the Times Picayune reported that teachers and students said that by October 2010 the school order dramatically improved.[5] In December 2010, Louisiana State University opened a health clinic at Landry, replacing two smaller, temporary health clinics.[7]

In the Spring of 2011, the school had 750 students in grades 7 through 10.[5]

In October 2012 plans were announced to merge Walker High School and L.B. Landry High School into the new Landry Building and the campus would take the name of Walker High.[8] The alumni of Landry High filed a lawsuit against the state, accusing it of ignoring a 2011 statute that asks the district to create a community outreach plan before finalizing "on any proposed changes in school governance" and unfairly calling Landry "low performing."[9] The lawsuit was filed in District Civil Court in August 2012. The Associated Press stated "The case could be the first test of a law that requires community input on any changes in the way state-controlled schools are governed."[10] Effective in the fall of 2013, the two schools merged onto the L.B. Landry High School campus.

L.B. Landry High School notable alumni[edit]

O. Perry Walker High School history[edit]

O. Perry Walker College and Career Preparatory High School and Community Center was a high school on the west bank of Orleans Parish in Algiers, New Orleans, Louisiana. The school opened in 1970, was named after New Orleans School Superintendent Oliver Perry Walker (1899-1968). It was originally controlled by New Orleans Public Schools.

In 2005, as Hurricane Katrina was about to make landfall, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) designated O. Perry Walker as a place where people could receive transportation to the Louisiana Superdome, a shelter of last resort.[11]

In 2012, the Associated Press stated that Walker was a "relatively high-performing school".[10]

In October 2012 plans were announced to merge Walker High School and L.B. Landry High School into the new Landry Building and the campus would take the name of Walker High.[8] Effective in the fall of 2013, the school merged on the rebuilt L. B. Landry High School campus.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Landry-Walker College and Career Preparatory High School History". landry-walker.org. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "History." L.B. Landry High School. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  3. ^ http://nutrias.org/info/aarcinfo/notabl2.htm
  4. ^ a b c Lentz, Linda C. "CASE STUDY: L.B. Landry High School, New Orleans , Louisiana, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple." (Archive). Schools of the 21st Century, Architectural Record, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Waller, Mark. "L.B. Landry High School in Algiers overcomes early chaos to finish school year smoothly." The Times-Picayune. May 18, 2011. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Hurwitz, Jenny. "L.B. Landry High School in Algiers expanding to four grades for August." The Times Picayune. April 15, 2010. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  7. ^ Hughes, Cathy. "LSU opens full-service health clinic at L.B. Landry High School in Algiers." The Times Picayune. December 2, 2010. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  8. ^ a b 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.
  9. ^ Vanacore, Andrew. "L.B. Landry High School alumni taking state to court over merger plans." The Times-Picayune. August 24, 2010. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "L.B. Landry High alumni unhappy with merger plans." Associated Press at The Advocate. August 28, 2012. Retrieved on March 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Nolan, Bruce. "KATRINA TAKES AIM." The Times-Picayune. Sunday August 28, 2005. Retrieved on March 18, 2013.
  12. ^ Trahan, Ken. "O. Perry Walker's Anthony Johnson named Gatorade Louisiana Player of the Year." SportsNOLA.com/LeSEA Broadcasting. December 3, 2010. Retrieved on March 15, 2013.
  13. ^ "RECRUITING ALABAMA." South Florida Sun. February 3, 2005. Sports 7C. Retrieved on March 18, 2013. "Milton Collins, wr, 6-1, 180, New Orleans O. Perry Walker HS"
  14. ^ Nadeau, Rene. "Former O. Perry Walker, Ole Miss star Kendrick Lewis savors climb to NFL success with Kansas City Chiefs." SportsNOLA.com/LeSEA Broadcasting. December 15, 2011. Retrieved on March 15, 2013.
  15. ^ "RAY NAGIN." (Archive) Tulane University. Retrieved on March 15, 2013.

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