The Canal Street high school that bears Warren Easton's name has made great strides since Hurricane Katrina and even welcomed former President George W. Bush for the storm's 10th anniversary. But what do you know about Easton himself? Born in New Orleans, he was superintendent of the city's public schools from 1888 until his death in 1910. He was educated in the city's public schools and served as a principal and state education superintendent before becoming the leader of the local school system.
During Easton's 22 years on the job, the number of schools jumped from 49 to 87 and enrollment doubled as well, according to his obituary, In 1911, the school board named the Mid-City high school in his honor. The school was founded in 1843 as Boys High School and is the oldest public high school in the city. It became co-ed in 1952. Well-known alumni include Pete Fountain, Louis Prima, Arthur Hardy and Trombone Shorty. Since Katrina, the school has been operated by the Warren Easton Charter Foundation and proudly boasts a 100 percent graduation rate for the past four years.