Kenneth E. McLaurin, the first principal of Laney High School, served the school for 17 years from its establishment in 1976.
McLaurin was a fixture in Wilmington way before Laney, though. In his teens he attended Williston Senior High School, the first free school for African Americans in New Hanover County. Desegregation forced the school to close in 1968.
After his Laney leadership role, McLaurin became the principal of Williston Middle School in 1993 although today he lives in South Carolina, where he became the principal of the Horry County Education Center, an alternative middle school located in Conway, S.C.
The Kenneth E. McLaurin Buccaneer Award was developed for Laney High School in 1993, a $500 scholarship given by the Student Council Association to a graduating senior who exemplifies high ideals, maintains high standards scholastically and ethically, and loves and serves both the school and community.
McLaurin’s picture still graces a wall inside the main office of Laney along with the picture of former student Michael Jordan.
Date posted: July 2, 2009
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