Istrouma Football Could End Friday
Istrouma High School was founded in 1917, and the football program has been around for almost 80 years, but all that could be coming to an end very soon. Last week, the Louisiana Recovery School District announced plans to close Istrouma High School at the end of the current school year. Under the plan, current students would be transferred to Capital High, and Istrouma would be closed during the 2014-2015 school year but would re-open in the fall of 2015 with a 9th grade class. Then it would add a grade a year.
However, some alumni fear that Istrouma could be closed permanently. Even if it did re-open in 2015, it could lose football for up to five years, because of rules of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
More than 1,500 Istrouma alumni have signed petitions, urging the Recovery School District to reverse its plan. Meanwhile, some alumni have proposed reinventing Istrouma High as a magnet program devoted to preparing young people to get high-paying jobs in the petrochemical industry. It would called “Istrouma High School — Petrochemical Magnet Program” — and it would be available parishwide to students interested in a strong academic and vocational program that would result in real career opportunities. For more on the Petrochemical Magnet Program, see Page 20.