Ouachita Parish High School
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|Ouachita Parish High School|
|681 highway 594
|Principal||Mr. Eddie Mahoney|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Color(s)||Cardinal and White|
|Nickname||The O, OPHS|
|Rival||West Monroe High School, Neville High School, Ruston High School|
Ouachita Parish High School is a high school located in unincorporated Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, near Monroe. It is administrated by the Ouachita Parish School Board. It is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school mascot is the Lion.
Ouachita Parish High School is the oldest school in northeast Louisiana, being founded in 1894. The school has been located in three different buildings. Two of these are registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ouachita's football team won the 1989 state championship and was runner-up in 1941 and 1994. Their rivalry with West Monroe High School is often referred to as the REBEL-LION, referring to the mascots of the schools, Rebels and Lions. The Lions participate in district 2-5A and Louisiana 5A.
The Ouachita Dandylions is a nationally-honored dance team consisting of 35 girls. The Dandylions participate in national competition each year in Orlando, Florida. The dance team rivals are the Neville High School Bengal Belles.
The Pride of Ouachita Marching Band is one of the most prestigious high school marching bands in the Monroe/ West Monroe Area. They have been awarded a number of Grand Champions, recently receiving Grand Champions at the 2012 Parkway High School Marching Competitions. Rivals are West Monroe High School Rebel Marching Band
- Milburn E. Calhoun (Class of 1947), physician, philanthropist, and book publisher
- William Derwood Cann, Jr. (Class of 1937), World War II lieutenant colonel and mayor of Monroe from 1978 to 1979
- Bert Hatten (Class of 1945), mayor of West Monroe from 1966 to 1978; newspaperman, managing editor of the Monroe News-Star and later publisher of the Ouachita Citizen
- Lanny Johnson (Class of 1958), basketball player, educator, state representative
- Lloyd E. Lenard (Class of 1939), politician and author
- William Wiley Norris, III (Class of 1954, 1936-2016), city, state, and circuit court judge from West Monroe
- Dale Thorn (Class of 1960), journalist, professor, and gubernatorial press secretary
- J. Robert Wooley (Class of 1971), Louisiana insurance commissioner from 2000 to 2006