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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Frederick Douglass High School Auditorium

On April 5, 2023, NOLA Public Schools held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Frederick A. Douglass High School community to celebrate the reopening of their high school auditorium following an historic renovation. NANO is responsible for restoring the auditorium to its original 1940s Art-Deco inspired design and creating a more accessible facility with modern amenities for students and the Bywater community. The $3.6 million project brings 1,493 auditorium seats back into use for performance and other large-scale gatherings.

Damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the space remained unused for nearly 18 years until capital improvement and school facility preservation funds enabled the long-awaited restoration project.

“The goal of the renovation was to preserve the features and historical significance of the auditorium and provide a creative space for the Frederick A. Douglass High School students,” said Dr. Avis Williams, superintendent of NOLA Public Schools. “The Frederick A. Douglass High School auditorium renovation will help the New Orleans charter school system continue its mission to build students’ character and prepare them for the future of their choice. We can’t wait for the students to experience this beautifully updated facility.”