Sacred Heart High School (Ville Platte, Louisiana)

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Sacred Heart High School
114 Trojan Lane
Ville Platte, Louisiana, (Evangeline Parish) 70586
United States
Coordinates 30°41′7″N 92°16′8″W / 30.68528°N 92.26889°W / 30.68528; -92.26889Coordinates: 30°41′7″N 92°16′8″W / 30.68528°N 92.26889°W / 30.68528; -92.26889
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1938
Head of school Fr. Tom Voorhies, Pastor
Average class size 55
Language English
Hours in school day 7
Campus High School
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics Football, Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Golf, Tennis, Swim Team, Track & Field
Mascot Trojan
Team name Trojans
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
USNWR ranking 2A
High School Principal Dawn Shipp
Elementary Principal Virginia Morien
Athletic Director Josh Harper

Sacred Heart High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Ville Platte, Louisiana. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette.

It is the only Catholic school in Evangeline Parish.[2]


The Sisters of Mount Carmel opened the school in 1913. A poor area economy forced the school to close in 1928 but it reopened in September 1931 due to efforts from Father J. Maurice Bourgeois.[2]

In May 2015 a group of parents protested, asking for the school to remove principal Dianne Fontenot, complaining about a decrease in student enrollment and excessive firing of personnel.[3]


The school has a high school and elementary school section. Both the elementary and high school each house administrative offices and a chapel. The high school chapel has a confessional, and the high school has 13 classrooms, a library, a science laboratory, a commons area, a dining area, and a gymnasium. The elementary school has 24 classrooms, two libraries, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, and a science laboratory.[2]

Student body[edit]

As of 2014 the school had 718 students in grades K-12, with 464 of them in K-8 and 254 in high school. As of 2014 students originated from Ville Platte, Bunkie, Grand Prairie, Mamou, Opelousas, Pine Prairie, Vidrine, Washington, and Whiteville.[2]


Sacred Heart and Ville Platte High School, since 2000, regularly play each other in the Tee Cotton Bowl. Jeré Longman of The New York Times stated that this game was created as a " unifying civic gesture".[4] The State of Louisiana had given the school failing marks, and under No Child Left Behind it was considered failing.[4]


Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School is accredited by AdvancED. AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and Commission on International and Transregional Accreditation (CITA). [5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sacred Heart School." AdvancED. Retrieved on December 4, 2016. p. 4.
  3. ^ "Sacred Heart protest in Ville Platte". KATC. 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  4. ^ a b Longman, Jeré (2008-11-12). "Louisiana School Could Be Facing a Last Hurrah". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-12-04.  - Print: page B12, New York edition, title: "The Last Hurrah?"
  5. ^ "AdvancED - Institution Summary". AdvancED. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "H. Bernard LeBas". Retrieved May 7, 2015. 

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