In 1992 Michael Lach and Michael Loverude of The Christian Science Monitor stated "Based on test scores, dropout rates, and socioeconomic status of the students, the schools we taught in were two of the worst high schools in the country - Booker T. Washington and Alcee Fortier high schools. Given these circumstances, both schools do a fine job, but students leave deserving so much more." In 2006 John Schmid of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Fortier was considered to be one of the "worst" schools in Louisiana. Around 2003 it made an "academically unacceptable" list. The school closed in 2008.
- Ashley Ambrose - NFL Cornerback from 1992-2004 played for several teams including the Atlanta Falcons (2002-2003) New Orleans Saints (1999) and (2003-2004)
- Edward S. Bopp (Class of 1949), New Orleans lawyer and former state representative
- Edmund Graves Brown, newspaper executive
- Victor Gold (Class of 1945)
- Russell Long - U.S. senator from 1948 to 1987
- Jason Mitchell - American actor best known for portraying rapper Eazy-E in the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton.
- Howard K. Smith - television journalist
- Matthew Teague - American football player
- Norman Treigle - operatic bass-baritone
- John Kennedy Toole - novelist
- Dave Treen (Class of 1945) - governor of Louisiana from 1980 to 1984
- Tony Washington (American football player) - Played American football in his junior year, moved to University School of Las Colinas because of Hurricane Katrina
- Aeneas Williams - member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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