Acadiana High School

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Acadiana High School
Address
315 Rue Du BeLier
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Information
Principal David Lejeune
Enrollment Approx. 1800
Color(s) Forest Green and Old Gold
Mascot Wreckin' Rams
Rival Lafayette High School Mighty Lions
Newspaper 'The Rampage'
Website

Acadiana High School is located in Scott, Louisiana.

Acadiana High School opened in 1969 following the consolidation of Judice High School, located in Judice Community, and Scott High School, located in Scott.

Donald Aguillard, a former assistant principal at Acadiana High, was among those parties who challenged the Louisiana Balanced Treatment Act regarding evolution and creation science, a measure authored by then State Senator Bill P. Keith of Shreveport, and signed into law by Governor David C. Treen. The law was invalidated by the United States Supreme Court in 1987 in the case named for Aguillard, Edwards v. Aguillard. As an original plaintiff, Aguillard became the defendant on appeal.[1]

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Sports[edit]

In the 1996–1997 soccer season, Acadiana High won its first ever Class 5A State Championship game beating Jesuit. They carried the title over for the 1998 season by beating their hometown rival Lafayette High in the finals, reigning for two consecutive years as State Champs. They returned to the State Finals for a third consecutive year in 1999 but lost to Jesuit 3–0.

Bill Dotson Stadium, home of Acadiana's Wreckin' Rams.

Football[edit]

The Wreckin' Rams are well known for the offense they run. The vaunted "Veer Machine." This formation has been run at Acadiana since Coach Bill Dotson installed the offense circa 1974.

Acadiana has 3 appearances in the state semi-finals 1977,2001 and 2002.

December 2005 saw Acadiana make their first appearance in the State Football Championship Game. The game was played in Shreveport's Independence Stadium. This due to the damage done to the Superdome by Hurricane Katrina. The Rams lost 28–7 to the West Monroe High School Rebels.

In December 2006, the Acadiana High football team won the Class 5A State Championship. The match up between the Acadiana High Wreckin' Rams and the Sulphur High Tornadoes was held at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA. The final score was 13–10. Kicker Drew Alleman completed a 32-yard field goal with four seconds left in the final quarter. Kip Jacob was named Most Valuable Player.

In 2007, AHS made it to the State Championship once again, but were beaten by Jordan Jefferson and the undefeated Destrehan Wildcats.

2008 and 2009 saw the Wreckin' Rams make the quarter finals. Both games ended in heartbreaking defeat for the Rams. 10–7 to the Central Wildcats in 2008 and 35–28 to the Bears of Catholic High in 2009. The Rams spoiled a 28–14 halftime lead.

In 2010 Acadiana ripped off four wins by double digits. After a setback to St. Thomas More, the Rams won the next two games by a combine score of 110 to 28 including a 75–14 thrashing of Sulphur who they barely beat in 2006 for the State Championship. The following week, the Rams were informed by the LHSAA that they must forfeit four of their wins for using an ineligible player, including the 41–14 win over Northside, the 49–6 win over McDonogh 35, the 51–6 win over LaGrange, and the 75–14 win over Sulphur dropping their record to 3–5. Needing to win out to make the playoffs, the Rams won their last two games 63–0 and 56–33. With a 5–5 record, the Rams made the playoffs as the number 27 team. Throughout the playoffs, the Rams scored 177 points and only gave up 33. The semi-final game was a rematch with St. Thomas More who was the only team to beat the Rams on the field. Acadiana shut out STM 31–0 securing their fourth state final appearance in six years. Ironically, the game became a rematch of the 2005 final against the West Monroe Rebels. This time Acadiana stopped the Rebels and secured a second State Championship in a thrilling 21–14 win.

On December 14, 2013 Acadiana Rams won its third 5A championship in record setting style over the previously undefeated Parkway Panthers 77 to 41. The Rams broke a Class 5A State Title record for most rushing yards in a game (634 rushing yards), most rushing touchdowns by and individual rusher Edward Cormier (4), and most points scored in a game (77) by any team that has ever played football in the Louisiana Superdome (High School, College or Pro).

Acadiana High has a long-standing rivalry with neighboring Lafayette High School. The rivalry is not only athletically based, but extends also to other extracurricular activities, including academic and speech tournaments.

Acadiana defended their 2013 5A State Championship by defeating Destrahan 23-7 for their fourth 5A title in nine years. Acadiana, which was seeded #15, defeated St. Amant 37-0, Ponchatoula 38-28, Mandeville 28-14 and Zachary 9-3 in the semi-finals.

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