Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, was the first high school built for blacks in the city. It is named after the African-American education pioneer Booker T. Washington.HistoryIn 1945, it was reported that educational facilities for blacks were "deplorable" and that the construction of a new high school would be one step toward improvement. This survey plus the over-crowded conditions at Central High School and Milam Street Trade School led to the construction of a new black high school on a site across from the trade school, completed in 1949, which became known as Booker T. Washington High School, named for the founder of Tuskegee Institute. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.Milam Street Trade School became a junior high school when Booker T. Washington High School opened in 1950.Classes began at Booker T Washington High School on January 23, 1950. It was a model school for blacks, even for many white communities. In the October 1950 issue of LIFE Magazine, Booker T. Washington High School was featured for its unique and innovative architecture, providing accommodations for traditional academics, career & technical, and industrial education programs. Built at a cost of a million and a half dollars ($1,514, 065) for the physical plant and $500,000 for equipment, Booker T. Washington was one of the most modern schools in Louisiana, offering innovations such as individual lockers for all students, central heating, movable desks, modern laboratories, administrative offices, asphalt tile floors, and fluorescent lighting. A massive renovation took place in 1991, and it was renovated again in 2014 after a fire damaged the main wing. An additional 4,000 capacity gymnasium complete with health classrooms, a laundry area, as well as men and women's dressing rooms for both the home and opposing teams was completed in the fall of 2006.
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