Capitol High School returns to East Baton Rouge Parish after 15 years

Capitol High School returns to East Baton Rouge Parish after 15 years
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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Capitol High School is returning to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System after 15 years, adding another school to the school system.

On Friday, landscapers and cleaning crew were hard at work to prepare for the grand opening of the new and improved Capitol High School.

Vice President of the Capitol High Alumni Board, Bradly Brown, has advocated for nearly a decade to make Capitol High a public school within the system.

The state seized the school in 2008 due to finding the student’s grade levels below average.

“It’s been a fight,” said Brown. “Meetings with BESE, lots of meeting with alternative operators who wanted to come in and keep the school as a charter.”

Renovations will begin this summer for Capitol High School

The pair, Bradly Brown and the Project Manager with External Affairs for the school, Geno McLaughlin, agreed they want the school restored to its original ways.

“It’s the second black high school for African Americans in the city,” said McLaughlin. “In terms of the Legacy, it’s really trying to get it back to the old.”

McLaughlin said the new school will have more than 650 students to start with the focus on getting new resources for better test scores and programs like Focus Choice.

“To me, that’s what it’s really going to be a refreshing of the school,” said McLaughlin. “Obviously, you’ll see a change in the paint and the furniture.”

Capitol’s new Head Football Coach, Keith Woods, said it’s not about the school the kids attend.

“It’s not the walls, it’s the kids that come within the walls. If we continue to get good kids, then the school will be back where it was,” said Woods.

EBR Schools and the Greenville Extension Eden Park Resident Leader Group are partnering for a fun-filled day of festivities.

Saturday, July 8th, hosting a block party for school registration signs ups for this August.

Capitol High is hosting a block party from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. to provide information and assistance for parents in registering students for the 2023-24 school year.

Students, faculty, alumni, and the community are all invited to join in the excitement with music, food vendors, outdoor activities, and an alumni basketball game at 4 p.m.

“We are thrilled to welcome Capitol High School back to our district and our community,” said Superintendent Sito Narcisse. “This school has a rich history and legacy of excellence that we want to honor and continue. We believe that Capitol High School will provide a unique and innovative learning environment for our students and prepare them for college and career success.”

Invited guests include Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor Pro Tempore Lamont Cole, Councilman Cleve Dunn Jr., and others.

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