Caddo Magnet High School

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Caddo Magnet High School
Caddo Magnet High School logo.JPG
1601 Viking Dr.

Coordinates32°29′50″N 93°43′10″W / 32.4971°N 93.7195°W / 32.4971; -93.7195Coordinates: 32°29′50″N 93°43′10″W / 32.4971°N 93.7195°W / 32.4971; -93.7195
School typePublic
Math/Science/Performing Arts
Motto"In our hands we hold today; in our minds we hold tomorrow."
FounderAscension Smith
School boardCaddo Parish
PrincipalMr. Michael Ilgenfritz
Enrollment1,067 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)Red and Gold

Caddo Parish Magnet High School is located in Shreveport, Louisiana at 1601 Viking Drive. Caddo Magnet was founded by its first principal, Ascension Smith. The school colors are gold and red, and the mascot is a Mustang. The current principal is Mr. Michael Ilgenfritz. The assistant principals include Dr. Cedric Ellis (attendance and discipline), Schannon Lanclos, and Sheryl Thomas (both curriculum and instruction).

Academic Decathlon[edit]

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.[2] 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[edit]

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.

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).[3] 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.

2005 Louisiana School Performance Score (SPS) Comparisons[4]
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)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • 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)
  • Design Fundamentals - Art I
  • Advanced Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Fine Arts Survey
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
  • Weightlifting
Health education
  • Health (1/2)


Cross Country/Track


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 1996 Military US Navy Seal lost in action in Afghanistan[7]
Hali Kha Music Drummer for Hydrogen Child (Super Water Sympathy)
Henry Lin 2013 Science Forbes 30 Under 30 Scientists
Robert Reeves 1997 Military US Navy Seal lost in action in Afghanistan
Kenny Wayne Shepherd 1995 Music 5 Grammy Award nominations

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Caddo Parish Magnet High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Applause". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
  3. ^ NSCAA/adidas National and Regional Rankings - Winter 4th Poll Archived 2014-05-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Fall 2005 Detailed School-Level Tables". Louisiana Department of Education. Archived from the original (XLS) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  5. ^ "Who We Are". Sword Sports. Archived from the original on 2015-09-26. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  6. ^ "The Foundation of Magnet Fencing". Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  7. ^ "SEALs trained to take risks sometimes pay heavy toll". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-08-08.

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