C. E. Byrd High School
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|C. E. Byrd High School|
|3201 Line Avenue
Shreveport, Louisiana 71104
|Founder||Clifton Ellis Byrd|
|School board||Caddo Parish|
|Student to teacher ratio||18:1|
|Color(s)||Purple and Gold|
|Rival||Captain Shreve High School
Byrd, C. E., High School
|Location||3201 Line Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana|
|Area||8 acres (3.2 ha)|
|Architectural style||Tudor Revival, Other, Jacobean Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||91000704|
|Added to NRHP||June 10, 1991|
- 1892: C.E. Byrd came to Shreveport as principal of the first public high school, in two rented rooms in the YMCA building at a salary of $70 per month.
- 1898: With first year enrollment of 70, the school moved to the Soady building on Crockett Street.
- 1899: Moved to new Hope Street School, a large three story red brick building. Elementary students occupied the first floor, intermediate the second, and high school the third.
- 1910: Shreveport High School built adjacent to Hope Street.
- 1923: Caddo Parish School Board decides to build two new high schools. 20-acre (81,000 m2) Site purchased from Justin Gras for $110,000 and four adjacent lots in Bon Air Subdivision, from F.R. Chadick for $9,500.
- 1924: Stewart-McGee awarded the building contract for $772,133. On October 3, cornerstone laid with full Masonic ceremonies including a letter from C. E. Byrd; a boll weevil symbolizing problems of the farmer; a bottle of oil, symbolic of the oil business; an ear of corn representing agriculture; coins representing the financial situation, and a Bible.
- 1925: Board authorized $40,000 to furnish the building. Building accepted from the contractor on June 27. Because furniture had not yet arrived, the opening was delayed until October.
- 1967: First African-American graduate, Arthur Burton.
- 1968: As part of an order to desegregate, neighborhood school district boundaries were abolished and students were allowed to select schools under a protocol known as "Freedom of Choice." Courts found this policy did not accomplish desegregation
- 1969: New districts were created in the summer of 1969 forcing thousands of students to change schools. Faculty from historically black high schools were exchanged with those from historically white high schools and students from Captain Shreve High School returned to Byrd as their neighborhood school.
1970: In an attempt to further desegregate, Valencia High School was merged with Byrd. Students class schedules were changed at the start of the new semester in order to "mix" the students from the two schools. The Black administrators from Valencia were given minor roles at Byrd.
Tensions were high with student protests. As a result of these protests, police were called in to guard the doors of the school. Students were not allowed to leave the building once they came to school for the day. Senior rings had been ordered the previous year, so each wore their own class rings. While students from both schools participated in the same commencement exercises they wore different colored academic regalia, that represented their schools.
Byrd High subsequently fell victim to "white flight" with many parents sending their children to Jesuit High School (now Loyola), St. Vincent's Academy or one of several new private schools. Enrollment decreased to the point that Byrd faced possible closure. Byrd returned as a powerhouse by re-inventing itself as a Math and Science magnet school.
Byrd we stand to honor thee, Alma Mater true.
Loyal homage we will bring, through the years to you.
Loyalty, honesty, with our friendships hold.
Always deep within our hearts, the purple and the gold.
We Are Jackets
We are Jackets, We are Jackets, Always we fight for victory, Spirits high hopes undaunted, for we are the Jackets Byrd High Yellow Jackets, For we are the Jackets, Best of all, We will never lose our spirit that is plain to see until the final whistle blows we will fight for victory, Fight, Fight, Fight. This victory will be ours that is plain to see for we are the Jackets Byrd High Yellow Jackets, For we are the Jackets Best of All.
Jack the Jacket
Purple and Gold
Captain Shreve High School
- Literary magazine: Perspectives
- Newspaper: High Life
- TV station: KBYRD
- Yearbook: Gusher
- Edward C. Aldridge Jr. (1956), president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation
- Tommy Allen (1956), Photojournalist,THE WASHINGTON POST, 1960-2004
- Douglas F. Attaway (1910–1994), publisher of former Shreveport Journal and KSLA-TV television
- John N. Bahcall astrophysicist known for his work on the solar neutrino problem
- Fuller W. Bazer (1956), O.D. Butler Chair in Animal Science at Texas A&M; Wolf Prize in Agriculture
- Charles T. Beaird (1922–2006), Shreveport businessman, professor, and philanthropist
- Betsy Boze, Ph.D. (formerly Betsy Vogel) (1971), President, The College of The Bahamas
- John Howard Dalton (1959), former U.S. Secretary of the Navy
- Brandon Friedman, writer, blogger, soldier, and advocate
- Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz (1959), 2003 Pulitzer Prize in history
- Tom Jarriel (1952), ABC News veteran
- Faith Jenkins, Miss Louisiana 2000, Miss America 2001 first runner-up, attorney and legal analyst
- William Joyce, Academy Award Winner, and nationally known children's book author and illustrator.
- Merle Kilgore, singer, songwriter, and manager
- Aaron Selber, Jr. (1944), businessman and philanthropist
- Andy Sidaris, (1931–2007), television producer, director (B Movies), actor, and writer
- Shelby Singleton, record producer and record label owner
- Elliott Stonecipher (1969), political consultant, pollster, and political analyst
- Pattie W. Van Hook (1927–1991), first woman president of the Louisiana State Medical Society
- William T. Whisner, Jr. (1923-1989), flying ace in World War II and the Korean War
Elected officials and judiciary
- Calhoun Allen, former two-term Mayor of Shreveport
- C. J. Bolin (1924–2007), Caddo Parish state district court judge, 1968–1990
- Algie D. Brown (1928) (1910–2004), Louisiana House of Representatives from 1948–1972
- George A. Burton, CPA and Shreveport finance commissioner
- Saxby Chambliss (1961), U.S. senator (R) from Georgia, elected 2002
- Jack Crichton (1933) (1916–2007), Texas industrialist; 1964 Republican gubernatorial nominee
- Frank Fulco (1928) (1909–1999), Louisiana House of Representatives (1956–1972)
- James C. Gardner (1940) (1924–2010), Shreveport mayor (1954–1958) and state representative (1952–1954)
- William T. "Bill" Hanna, Shreveport mayor 1978-1982
- J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. (1950), former Louisiana Democratic senator (1972–1997)
- Robert Kostelka, Louisiana state senator
- Ruth Rye|Ruth Rye Cockerham (Class of 1939, 1922-2002), presidential elector 1960, Caddo Parish School Board member from Fair Park district
- Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee (1939), Chairman, Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company, former state senator from Caddo Parish
- Phil Short (1965), former state senator from St. Tammany Parish; United States Marine Corps officer
- Art Sour (1924–2000), Shreveport Republican state legislator (1972–1992)
- Tom Stagg, U.S. District Court judge in Shreveport
- Jeffrey P. Victory (1963), associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
- Wayne Waddell (1966), Republican former state representative
- Dayton Waller (c. 1942), former state representative
- Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. (1952), U.S. District judge
- Arnaz Battle (1998) San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
- Pat "Gravy" Patterson (1934–2007), Byrd High School coach 1963-1967
- Scotty Robertson (1947), basketball coach
- Dan Sandifer (1943), NFL defensive back
- David Woodley, quarterback at LSU (1976–1979), played for the Miami Dolphins (1980–1983) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1984–1985)