Northside High School (Lafayette, Louisiana)

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Northside High School
301 Dunand Street
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
United States
Type Public
Principal Melinda Voorhies
Grades 9 to 12
Color(s) Red, black, white             
Mascot Mighty Vikings

Northside High School is located in the North part of the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, USA; hence "Northside".


The school is predominantly African American.


The American football team was state runner up in 2005 and 6-4A district champion from 2009 and 2010. The basketball and wrestling teams won the 4A State Championship in 2006. The cross country team was 3rd in district in 2004 and 1st in 2010. The female track and field team have won three back to back 6-4A State Championships (2008 to 2010), and the male team won two back to back State Championships years (2009 and 2010).

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ron Guidry, the former pitcher and current pitching coach for the New York Yankees, is an alumnus of Northside High School.
  • Perry Stevenson, currently a college basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team, is an alumnus of Northside High School. He was recruited out of Northside High School by coach Tubby Smith at Kentucky.
  • Daniel Cormier won three Louisiana state championships for wrestling. After 9th grade, Cormier only lost twice, both times by injury default. His final high school record was 101-9, with 89 of his victories coming by a fall. Twice he was voted the most outstanding wrestler of the state tournament. In 1995, Cormier won a bronze medal in the world championships in Greco-Roman wrestling, in the cadet (15–16 years old) division. Cormier was also an all-state football player at the line-backer position, and had a fast 4.5 time on the 40 yard dash.[1] Cormier was offered a scholarship to play football at LSU, but declined in order to continue to pursue wrestling. Cormier is the current[when?] UFC light heavyweight champion.[2]

The School of Choice Program[edit]

Northside is a participating school which offers the law studies program which includes a state of the art mock trial room. The NHS Law Signature programs consist of law 1 (street law), law 2 (criminal justice and mock trial activities), law 3 (paralegal studies, forensic psychology and mock trial activities) and speech/debate for the law student. Students participate in a regional mock trial competition and host a law week for Northside's social studies classes. During this week, the law students perform a mock trial and conduct activities for the students. The law students also participate in a field trip to Angola and tour the federal courthouse.

The future of the program depends on recruitment for students into the program. The Young Lawyers Association in Lafayette and the Neuner & Pate law firm have been vital components of our program. Northside would like to expand the program to include dual enrollment in the local community college in the field of criminal justice and perhaps a criminal justice training program for potential law enforcement officers.

Northside is the site of the Engineering Academy, which invites students across the Lafayette area to come from their freshmen year to graduation. The Academy of Engineering has dual purposes. The main goal is to prepare students to be successful in a post-secondary field of study related to engineering or industrial technology. The second goal is to help students determine which specific engineering or industrial technology discipline most appeals to them as a possible career. Courses include engineering I and II, drafting I and II, general technology education and technology education computer applications.