About Istrouma

The Istrouma High School Advisory Council researched curriculum and course opportunities that aligned to prevailing job opportunities in the area

The committee then used feedback obtained from the community and businesses to develop the pathway opportunities for students at Istrouma High School.

The nucleus of Istrouma High School, Career Readiness and College Prep Program affords students the knowledge and skills for successful transition into the 21st Century Workforce.

With a host of career options, students will receive the education and training necessary to secure a college degree, technical certification, and/or apprenticeship.



Istrouma High School began in 1917, in a two-room frame building with a faculty of two. In 1921 the school moved to a larger brick building at the corner of Erie Street and Wenonah Street. The school had its first graduations in 1921, in the form of the grammar school portion having graduations that year. The first high school graduations came in 1924. In 1931 another building was added at the corner of Erie Street and Tecumseh Street. The school first fielded a football team and band in 1935. With increasing enrollment, a third (and much larger) building was added in 1940, at the corner of Erie Street and Osceola Street. The school’s name and location were proposed to be changed in 1945 to Franklin D. Roosevelt High School.  This name change never occurred, but the school did move to its current location on Winbourne Avenue, in 1951.

This move and expansion became necessary due to increased enrollment caused by the Louisiana Legislature adding a twelfth grade to school curriculums in 1949.  The old school buildings became the home of Istrouma Junior High School, and were later torn down in 2005. Being located in North Baton Rouge, Istrouma High School, was considered for most of its history as the school for the sons and daughters of blue collar plant workers. Its major cross town rival (until 1976) was Baton Rouge High School.

In 2012, the school was taken over, and running as part of the Louisiana Recovery School District. In October 2013, it was announced that Istrouma High School would close down for at least one year following the 2013–2014 school year.  This announcement almost immediately sparked petitions from old and new alumni to keep the school, which was nearing its 100-year anniversary mark, open. The school was merged with Capitol High School and reopened at Capitol High’s campus starting with the 2015–2016 school year. In 2015, the state run Recovery School district returned the campus to the parish school system’s control.

In August 2017, Istrouma reopened after $24.1 million worth of renovations and developments were completed on campus. The school opened with only 9th and 10th graders on campus, with plans to gradually add 11th and 12th graders in the following academic school years. The school revamped its academic offerings and programs to better prepare students for college and employment after high school graduation.