Caddo Magnet High School

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Caddo Magnet High School
Magnet logo.JPG
1601 Viking Dr.
Shreveport, LA, 71101
School type Magnet/Public
Principal Mr. Michael Ilgenfritz
Color(s) Red and Gold         

Caddo Parish Magnet High School is located in Shreveport, Louisiana at 1601 Viking Drive. Its motto is, "In our hands we hold today; in our minds we hold tomorrow." Its goal is stated, "To share what we know, what we have, and what we are with others." The school colors are gold and red, while the mascot is a Mustang. The principal is Mr. Michael Ilgenfritz. The assistant principals include Bryan Gallant (discipline), Queen Snyder and Sheryl Thomas (both curriculum and instruction).

Magnet students have been awarded millions of dollars in both merit and need-based scholarships. In fact, only 7% of their students have not attended college over the past 3 years.

Magnet High is well known for its students' successes on standardized test. The following are Magnet's scores on the 2006 GEE Test:

English Language Arts: 100% of Magnet Students "at or above basic" (as compared to 62% of the district and 64% of the state)

Math: 98% of Magnet Students "at or above basic" (as compared to 57% of the district and 62% of the state)

Science: 97% of Magnet Students "at or above basic" (as compared to 50% of the district and 54% of the state)

Social Studies: 99% of Magnet Students "at or above basic" (as compared to 54% of the district and 62% of the state)

Awards and recognition[edit]

Caddo Magnet was designated a "School of Academic Excellence" by the State of Louisiana. Caddo Magnet attained a school performance of 171.1, the top score in Northwest Louisiana, and one of the top three scores in the entire state of Louisiana.

Caddo Magnet was founded by its first principal, Ascension Smith. The principal of Caddo Magnet is Mary Rounds, a former English teacher at Caddo Magnet.

Since 1987, 155 Caddo Magnet students were National Merit Semifinalists. 123 received "finalist" status. 37 Caddo Magnet students were semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, where 22 were named finalists. For the 2007-2008 school year, Caddo Magnet had 21 National Merit Semi-Finalists, 17 National Merit Finalists, and 4 National Achievement Semi-Finalists.

Caddo Magnet was Sweepstakes Winner at the Region I Science and Engineering Fair since 1997.

Caddo Magnet has been Sweepstakes Winner at the Northwest Louisiana Literary Rally since 1992. The school has several state winners each year.

Academic Decathlon

Caddo Magnet won the Academic Decathlon contest for Louisiana each year since 1983. This is the longest streak of any school in the nation, and the longest in the history of the competition.[1] Caddo Magnet students have traveled to Los Angeles, CA; Anchorage, Alaska; Phoenix, AZ; Erie, PA; Boise, ID; Honolulu, HI; St. George, UT; Providence, RI; and Atlanta, GA.

Other awards

Their Debate team has won numerous state and national awards, competed in over 12,000 debates, received over 1250 trophies and more than 200 sweepstakes awards at tournaments all over the United States. In 1997, seniors Andy Ryan and Kamal Ghali won the Tournament of Champions (Kentucky TOC), the national championship of high school policy debate. In 2000, juniors Sameer Asher and Nermin Ghali placed 3rd.

The Quiz Bowl team competes in invitational tournaments in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, California,DC, Florida Georgia, South Carolina, and Connecticut and remains the undefeated Cajun Quiz Bowl champions the past two years the competition was held. The school placed second in the nation in the 2001 National Academic Championship in Washington, DC. The school won the official LAAC state championship recently and has one the NAQT state championship numerous times.

Magnet's orchestra students have received a Superior rating at the LMEA Festival for the past 23 years. Having earned an international reputation, the group has performed in concert halls in Rome and Florence, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Sydney Opera House.

The JROTC program has been recognized as an Honor Unit with Distinction for fourteen consecutive years. The program's Color Guard has been named best in the parish, and their Drill Team(s) consistently rank in the top three. The program's newest addition the Academic Team, which is a military version of Quiz Bowl. The Academic Team ranks first in the parish and in the nation's Western Regionals JROTC competition(2007), and are the only Army JROTC program, in the Ark-La-Tex, to advance to the national level of the JROTC President’s Academic Championship, where they will have opportunities to receive up to 50,000 in scholarships.

In 2008 U.S. News conducted a "best high schools" survey with CMHS being one out of two Silver Medal High Schools in the State of Louisiana, CMHS was also in the top three percent in the overall country.

Students participating in varsity and lifetime sports have won district competitions and advanced to the state levels. During the 2007-2008 season of High School Varsity soccer, the Caddo Magnet boys won the State Championship and were ranked as high as #2 in the nation by NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches of America Association).[2] This is the first time, since 1996, that a North Louisiana boys soccer team has won state; moreover, this is the first time ever that a North Louisiana boys soccer team has won the 5A State Championship. Over 2300 people showed up for the game, which was played in Shreveport. They beat Woodlawn (Baton Rouge) 2-1. Their coach, Radi Baltov was named the Louisiana Boys Soccer Coach of the Year in 2008, and he continues to coach at Magnet today.

The State Department of Education selected Caddo Magnet to represent Louisiana in the National Tournament of Academic Excellence at Walt Disney World in Florida, in June 1988. Competing against 31 states and one foreign country, Magnet was ranked fourth in the nation.

Magnet is also well known for its focus on creativity. Talented students can take theatre, dance, music, art, and even pottery classes.

2005 Louisiana School Performance Score (SPS) Comparisons[3]
School Name Magnet School Status Performance Label (2005) Baseline SPS (2005)
Benjamin Franklin Senior High School Yes Five Stars 200.5
Caddo Parish Magnet High School Yes Five Stars 176.6
Baton Rouge Magnet High School Yes Five Stars 171.7


To be admitted to Caddo Magnet, students must:

  • Have a 2.5 grade point average at the time of application.
  • Have a score on the most recent school-administered nationally standardized test showing the reading level at the 50th percentile or better.
  • Have 95% or better school attendance.
  • Have maintained a good discipline record.
  • Express high motivation and interest toward excellence in the academics or the arts.
  • Have parental/guardian consent and support.
  • Have taken and passed the English/Language Arts and Math components of LEAP 21.

In order to remain in good standing at Caddo Magnet, students must:

  • Maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average.
  • Conform to behavior standards set by the Caddo Parish School Board and Caddo Magnet High School.

Classes offered[edit]

  • Drama I,II,III,IV
  • Drama Directing
  • Technical Drama
English/related electives
  • English I, II, III, IV
  • English G.T. I, II, III, IV/(AP)
  • Creative Writing I, II
  • Novels
  • Shakespeare
  • Library Science (1/2)
  • Debate I, II, III, IV
  • Drama I, II, III, IV, V, VI
  • Journalism
  • Newspaper I, II, III
  • Yearbook I, II, III
  • Video Journalism
Mathematics/related electives
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Algebra III
  • Advanced Math I, II
  • Calculus (AP)
  • Computer Science I, II, III
Science/related electives
  • Physical Science
  • Biology I
  • Biology II (AP)
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry II (AP)
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics I, II (AP)
  • SMART Program
Social studies/related electives
  • World Geography
  • Civics / Free Enterprise
  • American History
  • G.T. U.S. History (AP)
  • World History
  • European History
  • Psychology/Sociology
  • Psychology (AP)
  • Philosophy G.T.
Additional electives
  • ART
  • Art History (AP)
  • Calligraphy
  • Design Fundamentals - Art I
  • Advanced Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Survey of Fine Arts
Military science
Foreign language
  • French I, II, III, IV (AP), V (AP)
  • German I, II, III, IV (AP)
  • Spanish I, II, III, IV, (AP), V (AP)
  • Japanese I, II (state dropped class in 2007)
  • Latin I, II, III, IV (AP)
  • Italian I, II, III
  • Basic Technical Drafting
  • Advanced Technical Drafting
  • Architectural Drafting II
  • Photography
  • Typing
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Jazz Band
  • Band
  • Grand Chorus
  • Women's Chorus
  • A Capella
  • Orchestra (String)
  • Orchestra (Chamber)
  • Piano I, II, III, (AP)
  • TAPS
Physical education
  • General P.E.
  • Advanced Gymnastics
  • Beginner Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Danceline
  • Fencing
  • Aerobics
  • Dance
Health education
  • Health (1/2)


Cross Country/Track

Community and Parent Support[edit]

PTSA/Friends of Magnet The over 600 member strong (2012 Numbers)PTSA at Caddo Magnet High School is an organization that represents every part of our community - the parents, the teachers and staff, and the students. Because we are a passionate group that works hard on many fronts to make sure that all of our students have the opportunity to be successful, we value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible. We meet monthly, advocate on many levels, raise funds to support our many projects, and invite all members of our community to take an active part in what we do, because we believe participation in the PTSA is a great way to stay connected with your child and Caddo Magnet High School. There are many ways for you as individuals, parents, and families to be involved with this PTSA. Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned Magnet parent, we invite you to join us! Maecenas Society

The Maecenas Society-CMHS Foundation—Enhancing the Classroom Experience Named for a Roman patron of literature and the arts, the Maecenas Society was formed in 1995 by a group of parents who wanted to provide significant financial support to Caddo Magnet High School in its continuing quest for excellence. A purely philanthropic organization now composed of parents, grandparents, and friends of current and former students, the Society exists for the sole purpose of funding the much needed "big ticket" items that are not provided by the Caddo Parish School Board and that may be beyond the reach of other fund-raising efforts. As indicated, the Society has provided over $500,000 for the funding of a number of hi-impact, primarily technology-oriented projects.Utilizing the practical input of our talented faculty as well as the visionary insight of our Principal, Miss Mary Rounds, the Maecenas Board will channel this year's contributions into projects that have the potential to favorably impact the overall educational experience at Magnet in the current school year and many years to come. Each year the Society also funds the Mary Jane Malone Lecture Series, which brings a nationally-recognized author to the school for the benefit of the students and the Shreveport community.

Distinguished Alumni[edit]

Alumnus Class Field Remarks
Brady Blade 1983 Music Prolific drummer with many bands. Recently on the David Letterman show.
Brian Blade 1988 Music Grammy award winning drummer
Ronny Cates 1983 Music Bassist for Petra
Tom Drummond 1987 Music Bassist for Better Than Ezra
Dr. Alan Duncan 1983 Medicine Nationally recognized physician from the Mayo Clinic
Cedric Glover 1983 Government former Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana
Ansley Hughes Music Vocalist for Hydrogen Child (Super Water Sympathy)
Jonas Kelsall Military US Navy Seal lost in action in Afghanistan[6]
Hali Kha Music Drummer for Hydrogen Child (Super Water Sympathy)
Henry Lin 2008 Science Forbes 30 Under 30 Scientists
Robert Reeves Military US Navy Seal lost in action in Afghanistan
Kenny Wayne Shepherd 1995 Music 5 Grammy Award nominations

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Applause" (HTML). The Shreveport Times. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  2. ^ NSCAA/adidas National and Regional Rankings - Winter 4th Poll
  3. ^ "Fall 2005 Detailed School-Level Tables" (XLS). Louisiana Department of Education. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Who We Are" (HTML). Sword Sports. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  5. ^ "The Foundation of Magnet Fencing" (HTML). Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  6. ^ "SEALs trained to take risks sometimes pay heavy toll" (HTM). USA Today. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 

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Coordinates: 32°29′50″N 93°43′12″W / 32.497251°N 93.719971°W / 32.497251; -93.719971