Benton High School
December 9, 2003
History of Benton High Schoolhandful
of students. The school had progressed only
a short while when dissension arose
The first Benton School was erected in 1890 and was located on Mr. W.G.
Stinson's land, west of the Cotton Belt Railroad
tracks, it was paid for by private subscription donated by the good people of
Benton. it was a two-story structure, with the
school occupying the bottom floor and the second story being reserved for the
Masonic Lodge. It had one teacher,
Professor S.D. Spann, and a
and two factions were formed. Some of the most influential members of the
opposing fraction built another schoolhouse
and some students went there. The dissension was soon resolved however and, the
students returned to the original
By 1905, the school had Increased to three teachers and had its first graduating
class. The primary teacher taught grades
1-3, the secondary teacher taught grades 4 and 5, and the principal taught sixth
grade and up. There were no more than
25 students in grades 6-12 with some grades missing.
The people realized the need for a new building and in 1907 a new frame building
was erected for $4,500.00. It was the
first school in Bossier Parish built using tax money. It lasted until bonds were
sold in 1922 and a new, modern two-story
school was completed and occupied by 1924. This school was located in what is
now called "School Board Square" and
housed eight teachers and 140 pupils. Total cost was $75,000.00. Enrollment
increased dramatically and in three years
another two-room frame building was added.
In 1939 a combination gym/auditorium was added and further improvements occurred
when a new cafeteria and another
building adjacent to the school was built in 1956, This became the junior high
building and the old cafeteria was
converted to a band room.
In obedience to the Supreme Court, the last radically separate class graduated
in May of 1969. The all-black school, C.H.
Irion High School, became Benton Elementary and for the first time, black and
white students attended classes together-
On September 27, 1976, an act of arson burned down the Junior high wing. The
seventh grade was sent to Benton
Elementary and the eighth grade remained with the high school until the fall of
1978 when the eighth graders were sent to
the elementary school as well.
A 23-acre tract of land originally planned for a horseracing track was obtained
by the school board and the present high
school became occupied with grades 9-12 during the 78-T9 school year. An
additional wing and a gym were added in
the mid 1980's and the '85-86 school year brought the seventh and eighth grades
from the elementary school to once
again be united with the high school students.
A new middle school was opened in August, 1999, which presently houses grades
5-8. Benton High School serves
grades 9-12 only, although a new mega-sized gym, state of the arts track, and a
football stadium second to none is
shared with the middle school.
BENTON HIGH SCHOOL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Due to the hard work of a careful administration, Benton is one of the few
schools with only
13% of its classes having an
enrollment of 28 or more.
Project TIMES (Technology in Mathematics Ensures Success)
2 8(g) Competitive Grants totaling $188,592.00
The benefits have been shown in the rise in test scores and the successful
implementation of a
Mathematics curriculum for the 8.5 students
Teachers and students ere enthused about the opportunity to use the program.
A third 8(g) Grant has been submitted to add to the program
Additions: ending has been received through Bossier NET Pals and QSM grants
Alt of these funds have been acquired to enhance various courses and raise the
achievement on standardized tests.
Standardized Test Preparation
Using the concepts provided by Dr. Harvey Silver in the Summer 2000 workshop, we
implemented a strong test preparation program. This includes a 'Word Wall"
classroom, a "Learning Log" Kept by each student In each course, and
These techniques ensure that all teachers are teachers of VOCABULARY, a
component for success on GEE 21
Graduation Exit Examination (GEE): Those students who took this examination in
the spring of 2001,79% passed the
math portion and 99% passed the writing portion of this test
Iowa Test of Educational Development: Those students who took the Iowa In the
spring of 2001, the reading scored
in the 55th percentile, language expression ranked In the 58th percentile, math
scored in the 59th percentile, social studies
ranked in the 55th percentile. Information scored in the 50th percentile while
science topped out in the 69th percentile.
Benton High School attained a baseline school score of 101.7. This placed us in
the top 10% of all high
schools in the state of Louisiana. This score was based on a formula using LEAP
and IOWA test
scores and, to a lesser degree, attendance and dropout rate.
-ROTC- As of April 20,2001 a total of $465,000.00 in scholarships have been
-Future Teachers Assodaton (FTA) - 3 first place and 4 second place winners and
awarded at the District tV level.
-Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) - 2 superior and 1 excellent rating
-Literary Rally -11 students competed at the state Literary Rally
-Art Club - 1st Place in the Christmas at Roseland card design contest, 1st
Place in Willis
Knighton poster contest
- Science Club - 2 Regional Science Fair winners (1 First Place and 1 -Second
-Band- 6 Honor Band Members (3rd Highest in the district)
-Danceline - Won First Place in all competitions entered
-Student Council - Blood Drive Collected over 50 units of blood, collected
school supplies for
the Lighthouse Foundation
- Football- 9-3 Record, second round of playoffs, two Composite Academic Aff
- Wrestling- 10 wins (Highest for BHS, 6 state wrestlers, first Regional
- Cross Country- Received 1st place in 4 invitationals
Girls- District 1-3A Champions, Bossier Parish Champions
Boys- District 1-3A Runner-ups
Composite Record Holders in Discus and Javelin
- Golf ~ 1-3A District Champions 5 years in a row
- Baseball 20-9 Record, 1-3A Runner-up, 2001 Playoffs
- Softball- 7-2 District Record. 1-3A District Runner-up 2001 Playoffs
Giris-20-15 Record, District Runner-up, 12 Academic All District (Most of all
Boys-14-18 Record, 1-3A Third Place, 7 Academic All District (Most of all
Principal: Scott Smith
Asst. Principals: Dennis Montgomery, Jason Rowland
Freshmen/Sophomore: Neva Hubbard
Junior/Senior: Gary Feaster
Registrar: Sherry Bennett
Attendance: Ellan Cathcart
Bookkeeping: Mona Washer
Benton High, We'll always love you; hold your banner high
We will cherish every memory of your dear old name
Higher yet we hold your banner, wave it far and wide
Now we pledge anew to Benton, dear old Benton High!
School Colors: Purple and Gold