Buckeye High School (Louisiana)

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Buckeye High School (Louisiana)
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Exterior of Buckeye High School in Deville, Louisiana
715 Hwy. 1207 [1]
P.O. Box 439
Deville, LA 71328

United States
Type High school
School district Rapides Parish School District
Principal Dewayne Vines [1]
Grades 6-12
Color(s) Royal blue and gold
Team name Panthers
Feeder schools Buckeye Elementary School,
Hayden R. Lawrence Elementary[2]

Buckeye High School is a high school in Deville, Louisiana in northern Rapides Parish, Louisiana, serving grades 6-12.[1] The school serves the adjacent communities of Buckeye, Deville, Holloway Prairie, Big Island, Libuse, Hickory Grove, and some suburbs of Pineville.[2] Like all schools in the Rapides Parish School District, the school has a uniform policy rather than permitting street clothes.[3]


Buckeye High School was formed in 1938, and graduated its first class in 1938. Prior to 1938, students who wished to attend school had the opportunity to attend Bolton High School in nearby Alexandria. The first school building consisted of a single wood frame and clapboard building. Grade 6 classes are held in the old junior high building. Students in grades 7 and 8 have their classes in the old high school building. Classes for grades 9-12 are held in the newest high school building.

The Buckeye Three in 1981, with then-principal Charles Waites as he confirms their return to the school.

Buckeye High School was one of the last schools to become integrated in Rapides Parish. In 1981, the school became the source of local controversy after desegregation efforts by Federal District Judge Nauman Scott. Louisiana Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Richard Earl "Dick" Lee opposed Scott's plans, particularly his use of desegregation busing to racially integrate the school district.[4] Lee's opposition centered around three Caucasian girls, soon referred to as the "Buckeye Three", whose parents had transferred custody of them in an attempt to maintain enrollment in Buckeye High School after Scott had ordered the majority of their class to enroll at the primarily-black Jones Street School.[4] After months of legal duelling, the girls were compelled to register at Jones Street, but no penalties were levied against their families or Judge Lee.[5]

The campus and surrounding community continue to be predominately Caucasian.[2]


The school is locally known for its college-styled campus. Buckeye consists of ten buildings: high school building, junior high building, sixth grade building, cafeteria, auditorium, music building, field house, boys' gym, girls' gym, and agriculture building.[6]


Buckeye has both the core curriculum and electives, including courses in agricultural science, gifted classes in criminal psychology and sociology, and shop classes such as welding.

Extracurricular activities[edit]



Buckeye High School offers a number of extracurricular sports, including: baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' & girls' cross country, American football, boys' and girls' golf, boys' & girls' powerlifting, boys' and girls' soccer, softball, boys' & girls' track and field, and a co-ed fishing team. The Buckeye sports team name is the Panthers, and the school colors are royal blue and gold.[1]

Since 1999, the Buckeye football team has won three district championships. The Panthers won their first district title in school history in 1999 and would win their second in 2008. The Panthers won their third district title in 2012 defeating the Vidalia Vikings.[citation needed] The Panthers hosted Iowa in the first round of the 2012 LHSAA State Playoffs.


  1. ^ a b c d "Home". www.rpsb.us. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b c Executive Summary: Buckeye High School. Prepared by AdvancED, Dec 14, 2015. Accreditation report.
  3. ^ "8th-grader petitioning against school uniforms". thetowntalk.com. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  4. ^ a b Harris, Art; Harris, Art (1981-01-16). "Louisiana Busing Face-Off Defused as State Judge Accepts U.S. Plan". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  5. ^ Times, Reginald Stuart, Special To The New York (1981-01-16). "2 JUDGES COMPROMISE ON 3 GIRLS ATTENDING ALL-WHITE LOUISIANA SCHOOL". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  6. ^ "4 charged in Buckeye High burglary". thetowntalk.com. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 

Coordinates: 31°21′59″N 92°11′08″W / 31.36638°N 92.18555°W / 31.36638; -92.18555