|The McDonogh Schools, Page 1
|McDonogh No. 1, Laurell Street, between Philip and First Streets, 1880's
|McDonogh No. 2 (or No. 3?), St. Claude Avenue and Mandeville Street
|McDonogh No. 5, Algiers, sketch of original building
|McDonogh No. 12, St. Claude and Alvar Street, 1890.
|McDonogh No. 8, Constance and Ninth Streets, 1880's
|McDonogh No. 6, Camp Street at Napoleon Avenue, 1890's; now used by
St. George's Episcopal School, the school has maintained the
building's architectural integrity through its renovations.
|McDonogh No. 7, 1100 block of Milan Street, 1924; below, same building today.
|McDonogh No. 11, S. Prieur and Palmyra Streets, 1890's; below, same building today.
|McDonogh No. 10, Baronne and First Streets, 1880's; below, same building today.
|McDonogh No. 9, Onzaga and N. Rocheblave Streets, 1890's; below, current building.
|McDonogh No. 13, S. Rampart and Girod Streets, ca. 1900; later, used for a number
of years as McDonogh No. 35 High School; eventually replaced by a parking lot.
|McDonogh No. 14, Jefferson Avenue and Chestnut Street. Above & 2 photos below, the first
No. 14 building, built 1884, demolished 1913; photo above, 1890's, below, early 1900's.
|Below, the second McDonogh No. 14 school building, photo ca. 1950's.
|Below, a current photo, same building. (There's a special place in
my heart for McDonogh No. 14, it's where I attended Kindergarten!)
|Still owned by the school board, the
building is now used as the New
Orleans Center for Health Careers.
When wealthy recluse John McDonogh died in 1850, the residents of New Orleans and
Baltimore were surprised to find themselves the beneficiaries of his considerable estate.
His will specified that the money was to be used for the purpose of establishing public
schools in the two cities for "education of the poor of all castes and races." When the
complicated details had been hammered out and the bequest had been honored, over 30
public schools bearing John McDonogh's name had been constructed in New Orleans.
Finding photos of the original McDonogh schools was more difficult than I thought it would
be. Most of the McDonogh schools were demolished and rebuilt very early on, as the
population increased and larger buildings were required. (Many of these second McDonogh
schools are still standing, more than a century later.) Some were even rebuilt a third time.
After finding as many photos of the originals as I could, I realized that attaching the correct
information to them would be a challenge. Through the years, the McDonogh school
numbers were changed or exchanged (and even re-exchanged). What was once a high
school became an elementary school...the school that was one number became another
number. The confusion was compounded when, later on, most of the McDonogh schools
were given entirely new names; not to mention the many school closings and consolidations
that occurred after the levee failures. (After a few weeks of trying to sort it all out, just
hearing the word "McDonogh" was enough to give me a headache. Literally.)
I'm afraid that tracking down the history of which McDonogh was which - and when it was and
wasn't - requires more aspirin than I can keep in stock. What you'll find here are the oldest
photos I can locate (some are original schools, some the second. some the third
incarnations), along with the most accurate info I have, but I've no doubt that some of it is
incomplete, at best. If you have any further information to share, please let me know. (But it
might be some time before I add it, Mr. McDonogh and I have agreed to stay out of each
other's way for awhile (well, okay, I'm the one who agreed, but I didn't hear any argument
from Mr. McDonogh. :-) Nancy