Aerial view of Pitkin High School taken by Garrett Beeson, a former Pitkin High School student.
Garrett was 13 when he took the picture.
Pitkin High School was originally established in 1915 with the construction of the first brick building. Before this, small one and two room school- houses were spread out in the surrounding communities until they were combined into one school called Compromise, approximately a half mile from where Pitkin High School is presently located. Pitkin High School was approved as a high school on August 23, 1915. The school plant has undergone many changes from a one and two room schoolhouse to a three-story building to the present day facility. The present school plant has been utilized since 1969 and has undergone several renovations and additions. It consists of a central area housing administrative offices, a library, a kitchen, a cafeteria, and a gymnasium. Three wings extend off this central area housing the lower elementary (Pre-K & Head Start through 4th grade), upper elementary (5th grade- 8th grade), and high school (9th grade-12th grade). A large pavilion and baseball field house are located between the track field and the baseball and softball fields. The whirlpool and weight room are located in the gym.
New construction and renovations have just been completed at Pitkin High School and includes a new home economics lab and classroom, an elementary art lab, an elementary science lab, an elementary computer lab, a Title I resource room, and several classrooms. The library has been expanded and completely renovated from the floor to the ceiling, which includes new furniture, more shelf space, additional and updated books, and a computer lab. The entire school facility has been renovated. A new slanted roof, new ceiling tiles, floor tiles and carpeting, and lighting have been installed throughout the school.
Pitkin High School operates on an eight-period day, with a majority of the faculty teaching seven classes with one assigned planning period. There are 527 students enrolled and 43 full-time teachers. The student-teacher ratio is 14:1. During 1999-2003, the enrollment of the school was approximately .12% black, 98.86% white, and 1.02% others (Hispanics and American Indians). During 2007, there were 64% of the students receiving free and reduced lunches.SACS Accreditation and More
Pitkin High School was evaluated to determine the school's accreditation status for the first time in 1957. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has accredited Pitkin High School consecutively since 1957.
Pitkin High School has an excellent reputation in the parish and state for excellence in academics and athletics. We have fully implemented the state's new Comprehensive Curriculum. Since 1999, PHS has enjoyed a graduation rate of nearly 100%. All classrooms have computers and access to the Internet and instruction is provided in computer labs for K-12. Students at Pitkin High School are offered a curriculum that is designed to meet the basic curriculum mandated by the State Board of Education, including the Board of Regents' Curriculum for college bound students. Course offerings are diverse, meeting the needs of college-bound students as well as those entering vocational programs. Some students are enrolled in college classes with Northwestern State University and the Louisiana Technical College at Lamar Salter. Bus transportation is provided for students who are enrolled in the GATES Program and in programs at Lamar Salter. As a class B school affiliated with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), Pitkin High School offers both girls' and boys' sports, including basketball, baseball/softball, track/cross country, and rodeo. Several state championship titles have been won by Pitkin High School in baseball and basketball.
School buses have designated loading and unloading areas. A majority of the students are assigned to numbered buses and ride buses to school. Parents furnish transportation for a small group of students.
PHS has a full-time school resource officer provided by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department patrol. A sheriff is provided in the mornings and afternoons to insure the safety of students, buses, and all traffic arriving and departing the school facilities. The sheriff's department furnishes patrol personnel when needed for after school and nighttime activities. Random drug searches are done throughout the school.
The safety measures and rules provided by the community and school district enhance the learning environment and enable students to feel secure while attending school activities and learning at school.