NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As historic Warren Easton High School in New Orleans nears the century mark, it has much to celebrate.
Its doors have turned out some of the city's finest musicians, among them jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain, trumpeter and pianist Nicholas Payton and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. Its alumni include judges, politicians, teachers and policemen too.
It has survived through natural disaster. When the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, inundating the school and much of the city, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock stepped forward to help Warren Easton rebuild.
Past met present during a recent jazz concert celebrating the school's 100th birthday, as the 83-year-old Fountain congratulated Jasmine Batiste after the 17-year-old delivered a solo rendition of the school's alma mater on saxophone.
The school's "founder's day" was Sept. 16, 1913.