Hurricane Katrina

After Katrina: High school remembers lost class of 2006

When he was entering his senior year at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Adeyele "Yele" Akanji had been certain of his life's trajectory: "I always thought it would be Ben Franklin, then LSU, then life." But that was in August of 2005. He had no idea how far off course he would be taken by an approaching storm.

Hurricane Katrina reoriented his life, eventually sending the 17-year-old to a Houston suburb where he graduated from high school before going on to college. Seventy seniors like Akanji weren't able to make it back when the high school — long considered one of the state's most prestigious schools — reopened in January 2006.

But now...