Evangel Christian Academy
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|7425 Broadacres Road
Shreveport, Louisiana, 71129
|Motto||Raising a Righteous Generation|
|School district||Caddo Parish|
|Principal||Mr. Bud Dean|
|Head of school||Pastor Jerry Erickson|
|Number of students||650|
|Color(s)||Red, White, Blue|
|Athletics||Baseball, Basketball, Football, Tennis, Softball, Wrestling, Volleyball|
|Athletics conference||LHSAA Division AA|
Evangel Christian Academy is a preparatory school in Shreveport, Louisiana with two campus spanning K-12, owned & operated privately in association with Shreveport Community Church (formerly First Assembly of God Church) which is located on the property of the grade school sister campus.
Rodney and Frances Duron, parents of the current chancellor, Denny Duron, founded the school in 1980 as a small kindergarten to eighth grade school. The high school was added as a second campus in 1989. Evangel has grown from 21 graduating seniors in 1990 to over 100 seniors in 2001. The school currently has over 675 students.
As of May 2013, according to the SACS website, Evangel is one of twenty-five schools to have earned SACS accreditation in Caddo Parish, and one of eight private schools to have done the same. Evangel Christian Academy is a state approved (K(5)-12) school through the Louisiana State Department of Education.
Evangel's football team has won over a dozen state championships since 1993. In a recent book cataloging the top twelve dynasties of high school football, Evangel was given a prominent place.
Evangel also has baseball, basketball and softball teams. The Lady Eagles softball and basketball teams consistently compete for the state title. The baseball team has won 5 state championships in 1995, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013. Evangel also fields tennis, golf, volleyball, wrestling, track and basketball teams at the middle/high school level and football, basketball, baseball and softball teams for most grades K - 6th.
As of January 2009, The Shreveport Country Club is the training ground and tournament facility for the Evangel golf and tennis teams and the future Evangel swim teams.
The drama department puts on at least one major musical per year along with a straight play. ECA drama regularly participates in local, state and national drama competitions.
ECA's band and choir have also grown in recent years. Beyond the traditional arts, Evangel offers a wide array of spirit groups from twirlers to dance and cheer teams, all competitive in their various divisions.
The ECA high school campus lies on approximately 100 acres (400,000 m2) in West Shreveport. The high school campus is home to the "main" high school classrooms (divided into "A" and "B" wings with ten rooms on either side serving various purposes) including a library with over thirty-five Dell Dimension 3000 desktop computers (20 more of which that can be found in the computer lab), a main and student office, and a high school cafeteria with food service provided by the Sodexho food service company. These were original at the opening of the high school campus and were built by previous private schools. Further back in the campus are the "T" (temporary) buildings which were added in 1993 by founder Frances Duron to accommodate the growing number of middle and high school students enrolling in the school. The campus also includes five tennis courts, one softball, baseball, and football field, and a large basketball gym (built in 1997). The campus is surrounded by woods on two sides and by homes on the other two sides. During the summers the campus is used for summer sports camps.
The elementary campus and Shreveport Community Church occupy approximately 33 acres (130,000 m2) just minutes from the high school campus and located next to I-20. The elementary has recently moved into a new space inside of the renovated church including a new auditorium tailored specifically for elementary school students, a two story indoor climbing playground, several new outdoor play spaces, a fully equipped computer lab, a cafe for parents, and new daycare facilities.
- Steve Parker, former wide receiver for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, and previous national high school record holder for numerous wide receiver records.
- Brock Berlin, former quarterback for the Miami Dolphins & St. Louis Rams
- John David Booty, quarterback for the Houston Texans
- Josh Booty, Former MLB player (Florida Marlins)
- Keyunta Dawson, defensive end for the Detroit Lions
- Jacob Hester, fullback for the San Diego Chargers
- Tug Hulett, former second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, & Boston Red Sox
- Brittney Rogers, Miss Louisiana USA 2003 and former contestant of Fear Factor, Miss USA 2003 and The Amazing Race (8: Family Edition)
- Sophia Young, power forward for the San Antonio Stars
- Josh Booty, former pro baseball player for the Florida Marlins, former quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.
- Dez Duron, singer and Top 8 contestant on the third season of The Voice (U.S. season 3). The Durons went to Evangel and he is also the son of the current chancellor.