Eunice Raby selected as Alumna of the Month

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Eunice Howard Raby in the McKinley High School Alumna of the Month for June. Raby, a 1941 graduate, is receiving praise for her donation of her graduation program and class ring to the McKinley High Alumni Center’s museum. Raby announced at the Alumni Association Annual Banquet, that she would be donating the pieces to the Center. The 92-year-old graduate was among five persons being honored by the Alumni Association at its annual funding raising banquet held at Southern University. The wonderful pieces are ready for display at the museum. There are hundreds of McKinley-related paraphernalia and photographs on display at the museum. Her fond memories at McKinley include that McKinley was the only public high school that African-American students could attend in the area. She recalls how McKinley at that time did not have a cafeteria. Students were allowed to go home and return or to eat a bag lunch they had brought, she said. Raby is a role model for her family and others who seek higher education. She left Southern University in the early 1940s after she got married and started a family. She went to college many years later and graduated in 1978. She had a long career with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System as a School Food Service Manager. Raby retired in 1982. Remarkably, Raby, the former Eunice Howard, has six children, all of whom graduated from McKinley High.