Bolton High School

Bolton High School has a long, storied history and tradition in Alexandria, dating back to 1888.

Historic postcard of the "new" Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana

Bolton began as a six-room framed building on the corner of Seventh and Johnston Streets in downtown Alexandria, offering courses for all eleven grades.

In 1900, a brick building replaced the original structure. During the 1907-1908 academic year, Alexandria High School, as it was known, enrolled 56 students taught by 3 teachers, but by 1914 the enrollment grew to about 200.

The school is named after James H. Bolton, a member of the Rapides Parish School Board who proposed a separate building for high school students. Bolton purchased land at Sixth and Beauregard streets, and on that site the original Bolton High School was constructed in 1915.

Bolton High School Bruin yearbook of 1939

The current building opened on November 2, 1926 at 2101 Vance Avenue on 15 acres of land. The classical revival style building was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Bolton High School is renown for its strength in the academic arena. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Bolton as one of the best high schools in the nation for the last three years.

Bolton students have the highest ACT scores in the parish, and Bolton has produced more National Merit Scholars than any other school. Bolton offers 19 Advanced Placement courses and has won the District Literary Rally for over 30 years.

Students may enroll in college classes and virtual school courses as well as the regular curriculum.

Each student at Bolton is issued a Mac laptop, free of charge. It is one of the few digital academics in the state and one of the most progressive in the nation. The digital academy curriculum offers students a more challenging experience, with teachers using cutting edge technology and a myriad of internet-based resources.

We've built a small collection of photographs, historic postcards, clippings and memorabilia about the school, and are planning on adding more content soon. Check back again soon!

If you have any photos, clippings, stories, or other Bolton memorabilia to share, please email them to photos@alexandria-louisiana.com, along with a brief explantion: where, when, who, etc.

From time to time, we post information about Bolton High reunions on our Alexandria Retrospective Events and Reunions page.

For more information, visit the official Bolton High School web site.

Bolton High School

Vance Avenue, Alexandria, Louisiana

Photo taken 2003

Bolton High School, Vance Avenue, Alexandria, Louisiana

Bolton High School Stadium

Home of the "Bears"

Photo taken 2003

Bolton High School Stadium, home of the football Bears

Bolton High School

Bruin Yearbooks from 1939 and 1941

Bolton High School Bruin yearbook of 1939

 

Bolton High School Bruin yearbook of 1941

New Bolton High School

Historic postcard of the "new" Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana

New Bolton High School and Junior College, Alexandria, LA

Historic postcard of the "new" Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana

The Bolton High School

A contribution to the further growth and development of our community, state and nation. In whose halls are moulded the lives of future men and women, citizens whose very habits and environments shall play a part in shaping the destiny of generations to follow.

The Bolton High School

Bolton High School Bears football team

October 1952

Bolton High School Bears football team of 1952

Commencement Exercises Program

Bolton High School Auditorium

June 11, 1942

Commencement Exercises Program, Bolton High School, June 11, 1942

Commencement Exercises Program

Bolton High School

June 11, 1942

Commencement Exercises Program, Bolton High School, June 11, 1942

Commencement Exercises Program

Bolton High School

June 11, 1942

Commencement Exercises Program, Bolton High School, June 11, 1942

Commencement Exercises Program

Bolton High School

May 29, 1947

click here to view the four page program in PDF format

Thanks to Cathy Cotton Nolan for providing the program!

click on the image to view the PDF version of the program

Graduation Invitation

Bolton High School

May 21, 1964

Bolton High School graduation invitation, May 21, 1064, Alexandria, Louisiana in the High School Auditorium