Monday, 17 July 2006
After the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, Dick McCarthy and two Rotary Clubs lead efforts to rebuild Warren Easton.
The books, desks, and blackboards inhabited the same classrooms they
always had, only now submerged under 10-feet of water. The high school
consisting of 99% African American students and boasting a 90% college
attendance and 70% college graduation record, by far the highest in the
city, was in no condition to start classes. When the local school board
decided that not enough students would return in time to enroll for the
fall 2006 school year; Warren Easton Fundamental Senior High School,
New Orleans’ oldest and most competitive public school, looked like
another victim of Hurricane Katrina.