Issue 3 // Spring 2017 // McKinley High School Continues the Legacy
Rev. Dale W. Flowers
This issue is a landmark one, in that we are celebrating some of the McKinley graduates and faculty who helped to shape the minds of countless students throughout this city, state and the world. Whereas educators were some of the most revered citizens of our commu-nity, today they often do not receive the respect they deserve. Looking back on your days at McKinley, don’t you remember a teacher, a coach or a principal who touched your life and help to mold you into the person you are today? As people whose history is filled with struggle simply to get an education, I ask that you never forget and that you don’t allow your children and grandchildren to forget the truth of Nelson Mandela’s words:
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
McKinley Salutes Our Educators
Dr. Dolores Spikes, class of 1953 , was a woman of many firsts. She was a longtime educator in Louisiana, who made history by becoming the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from LSU. While working at Southern U, she became the first female chancellor of a land grant university in the State of Louisiana. She was the first McKinley graduate to be appointed board member of Harvard’s Institute of Educational Management. She later made history once again by being named President of Southern U, the first female to oversee a university system. After leaving Southern, Dr. Spikes became president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Spikes’ life is a wonderful testimony to the power of McKinley to shape young lives.
Dr. Harrison Duncan Lawless Jr., was a McKinley High School football star
and graduate of the renowned class of 1928. After graduating from Fisk University, doing further work at Columbia and receiving a doctorate from Indiana University, Dr. Lawless gave his life to educating the children of Louisiana, first in Delhi LA and then in Baton Rouge. He retired from the field of education, after 38 years of devoted service to Southern. Dr. Lawless was also a Boy Scout leader, named the First Negro Boy Scout Executive in the State of Louisiana, a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, he YMCA, and the MCK Alumni Association. The Alumni Association continues to celebrate the achievements of Dr. Lawless by naming the Annual Alumni Picnic for him.
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