School History, Beliefs, & Vision Statement
Slidell High School (SHS), located in Slidell, Louisiana, is a school with a rich history and tradition of excellence that began in 1908 and continues to this day. The green and white colors and the Bengal Tiger mascot combine the allegiances of our residents to Tulane University and Louisiana State University. In the 100+ years of the school's history, a continuity of leadership has been preserved by having only eight principals, two since 1936. Drawing on the talents of its multi-faceted faculty and administration and the resources of parents and business and community leaders, the school is responsive to its mission of educating students in an increasingly technological and global world. SHS's innovative programs, which have pioneered school reform legislation in the state of Louisiana, are designed to meet the varying needs of a diverse student population. Through the united commitment of the entire school community, SHS nurtures students in a supportive environment and uses prescriptive techniques to maintain educational vitality.
Graduating four seniors in 1909, SHS awarded its 13,527th diploma to the last graduate of the twentieth century on May 24, 2001. Initially a school that served the needs of a rural population, THE High School has been in the center of an evolving area. From a four room brick building in the heart of Slidell to the current 22 acre site, SHS has constructed facilities and adapted its classroom instruction to anticipate the needs of an emerging suburban community. Its 101 classrooms, library, cafetorium, performing arts theater, athletic facilities, gymnasium and special purpose rooms enhance the school's commitment to preparing a student body of 1,835 to function as viable, contributing citizens.
A Southern Association accredited school since 1924, SHS is an eclectic, comprehensive high school. Academically, SHS provides for learners of all descriptions, from the impaired (physically and mentally) to the gifted to the culturally and economically deprived. Curricular offerings range from special education to vocational education to honors, providing education appropriate to the learner's needs. Over 75% of SHS graduates attend college, and thousands of dollars in scholarship monies are annually awarded to students.
SHS recognizes that innovative and imitated programs must continually adapt to respond to student-need and research-based curricular reform. A unified effort on the part of the 114 faculty members, 14 para-professionals, two nurses, five secretaries, ten custodians and 14 food service personnel makes SHS a school students want to attend. Many returning graduates report that they did not realize the complexity and depth of their high school education until they compared notes with students from other high schools! A variety of extra-curricular activities (32) and sports (20) offer opportunities for student's numerous interests. An SHS-created spirit-competition (Mark Events) among the classes attracts student participation and promotes school and class spirit. The Mark Events competition, designed to involve students and to stimulate creativity, has been adopted by many schools within the area.
|The official SHS crest, designed by Principal Joseph C. Buccaran, is a symbolic representation of the purpose and traditions of the school. The Louisiana state bird, the pelican, depicted in the upper left quarter, indicates that SHS is an arm of the Louisiana State Department of Education. The lower left corner, an open book and quill, represents academics. In the upper right quarter, a lyre, symbolizes the many extracurricular activities available. Completing the shield is the winged foot representing athletics. Surrounding the shield are pinecone branches, and rising above are the letters SHS and a stalking Tiger. In a flowing ribbon at the base is the school motto, Truth shines a guiding light, taken from the school's alma mater, an original composition by Slidell High School graduate and retired faculty member, John Johnston. The rising torch symbolizes one of the school's purposes: to develop in students moral and social values that contribute to maturity and sound character.
It is the policy of this high school not to discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, or national origin. It is most important for parents and students to realize that all courses offered at this school are open to both boys and girls, and no distinction based on gender is made in the placement of students in courses.
The St. Tammany Parish School Board wishes to advise all students, parents, employees and the general public that all public school vocational programs will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or handicap. The coordinator of the Title IX and Section 504 compliance activities is Kevin Marse, Post Office Box 940, Covington, Louisiana 70434. Telephone 985-892-2276.
Slidell High School students, fostered by a sense of community and continuing a tradition of excellence, are guided by a family of educators actively engaging in dynamic learning experiences that promote self-reliance, encourage educational opportunities and champion the students' broader needs.
Beliefs & Philosophy
The school mission is aligned with the school philosophy which stresses:
Preparation for productive citizenship;
A variety of courses with a strong academic emphasis;
A myriad of activities and experiences;
Attainment of successful experiences for all students;
Partnerships between school, home and community;
Concern for intangible qualities such as self-motivation and tolerance;
A safe environment that promotes exploration and self-expression;
Promotion of life-long learning;
Re-evaluation of programs to adapt to a changing world;
A competent and caring faculty and administration.