|McKinley Senior High School|
800 East McKinley Street
|School district||East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools|
|Principal||Esrom D. Pitre|
|Student to teacher ratio||19.95|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
McKinley Senior High School, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States on 800 E. McKinley St., is home to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board's first gifted and talented high school programs. The school mascot is a Panther and the school colors are royal blue and white.
McKinley High School
|Location||1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive|
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Area||1.5 acres (0.61 ha)|
|Architect||Jones, Roessle & Olschner|
|NRHP reference No.||81000292|
|Added to NRHP||November 16, 1981|
The original 1926 McKinley High School building, now being used by Alumni Association as the McKinley High School Alumni Center, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 16, 1981.
The forerunner of McKinley Senior High, was named the Hickory Street School, which was located several blocks East of the present site, in 1907-1908. The school outgrew the building, so the school was renamed The Baton Rouge Colored High School and moved to a new location.
The Baton Rouge Colored High School was located at the corner of Perkins Road and Bynum Street in 1913. This facility was later struck by lightning and destroyed.
McKinley was the first high school established for African Americans in East Baton Rouge Parish. McKinley's first graduating class was in 1916. The four students became the first African American high school graduates in Louisiana.
The original McKinley High School building was constructed in 1926 and opened in 1927, and was named in honor of the 25th President of the United States. The school opened September 19, 1927 on Texas Street, currently name Thomas H. Delpit Drive. In 1950 the High School was moved to a new facility at the corner of Louise Street and McCalop Street, next to the present day I-10. The Thomas H. Delpit Drive facility became McKinley Junior High School.
In 1962, the third and present day McKinley Senior High School was built on East McKinley Street, the Junior High School was moved to the I-10 site, and the Thomas H. Delpit Drive site became McKinley Elementary.
The original McKinley Senior High School facility on Thomas H. Delpit Dr. was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on November 16, 1981, and was subsequently purchased by the Alumni Association from the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on February 5, 1992.
On January 14, 2016, President Barack Obama hosted a town hall at Mckinley High. This was the first time a sitting president hosted a town hall at a secondary school in Louisiana.
The current campus sits in Old South Baton Rouge just to the northwest of the Louisiana State University campus, and is bordered by Lake Crest, one of the LSU lakes to the East. Facilities include five main buildings, many out buildings, football and baseball fields, tennis courts, track and field facilities, and a new black box theater which was built by students in 2006.
McKinley serves sections of Baton Rouge and half of the Gardere census-designated place.
McKinley offers 23 Advanced Placement courses, and is one of Baton Rouge's two high schools with a Gifted and Talented program.
As of 2007 McKinley's high academics standards, it ranked among the best in the state. The students ranked 18th of all schools in Louisiana for the statewide average ACT score and 3rd in the state when comparing their Gifted and Talented program.
McKinley competes in the Louisiana High School Athletics Association (LHSAA) District 5 Class 5A. Their biggest rival is Scotlandville Magnet High School. They compete in the following sports:
On 17 April 2018 the LHSAA fined the school $2,500 and placed all its athletic programs on probation for two calendar years after sanctions related to multiple sports during the 2017–18 year. Four coaches had their Louisiana High School Coaches Association card privileges revoked for one year. The four programs involved were the girls junior varsity basketball, girls soccer, boys track and volleyball programs.
After further investigation found more than 150 eligibility and rules compliance infractions the fine was increased to nearly $42,000, the entire 2017–2018 coaching staff (both faculty and non-faculty) was banned from coaching at any LHSAA school for one year, the school was given a two-year playoff ban for all sports, and the school forfeited runner-up finishes in Division I girls basketball for 2017 and 2018.