Cohn High School

Cohn High School

Cohn High School of Port Allen, Louisiana was the only African American High School in West Baton Rouge Parish. Prior to its opening, West Baton Rouge Parish’s African American children attended school for grades 1-8 at the Port Allen Colored School.

After eighth grade, students had to stay with family or strangers in Iberville Parish or Baton Rouge City in order to receive a high school education. Most families were unable attended high school.

The establishment of Cohn High School enabled the African American youth to attend college and contribute to the education and development of Port Allen. Cohn High School ran from the fall of 1949 until the onset of integration in 1969.

It was demolished in 2014 due to its deteriorating condition.

Cohn High School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.