Istrouma Group Advises Supt. Drake
After nearly one year on the job, East Baton Rouge Parish schools Supt. Warren Drake is well on his way to fulfilling one of his major commitments — the re-opening of Istrouma High School, once the largest high school in the state and believed by alumni to be one of the best. Known for its nine state football championships, Istrouma was also a powerhouse in academics, music, theater, debate, and extracurricular activities. At its peak in the mid-1960’s, Istrouma had 1,900 students in grades 10-12. However, the school fell on hard times and was deemed a failing school by the state in 2012. It was transferred to the State Recovery District. However, enrollment dipped below 200, and the state closed it because of inadequate enrollment.
Late last year, Supt. Drake negotiated to get Istrouma back under the parish school board. Drake put his staff to work on plans to re-open Istrouma and make a superior school. It is about to begin a $21 million renovation project. Drake appointed the Istrouma Advisory Committee to review plans and proposed curriculum for the school. Under the guidance of chairman Dr. Jackie Mims, the committee has been hard at work.
If all goes as planned, Istrouma will re-open in August 2017 on the school’s 100th birthday.