McDonogh No. 23

Stop 5 of 9 in the Carrollton Courthouse tour

Several years after the Town of Carrollton was annexed by New Orleans in 1874, the former Carrollton Courthouse began to be used as a public school. The city was able to make the purchase because of the generous donations of John McDonogh. In 1889, after renovations were complete, the school opened as John McDonogh No. 23. Until 1950, it remained one of the many McDonogh schools throughout New Orleans.


McDonogh Number 23, early 1900s

McDonogh Number 23, early 1900s

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Crossing Guards, 1930s

Crossing Guards, 1930s

Buddy Adams, third from the left, served as a school crossing guard in addition to dropping water bombs on police officers from the second floor window of the building. View File Details Page


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Adrienne Luck , “ McDonogh No. 23,” New Orleans Historical, accessed June 24, 2017,


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