BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Plans for the redevelopment of Capitol High School forge ahead as the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) unanimously approved the creation of a nonprofit to start work.

The nonprofit will be responsible for designing management, operation, and facilities development for the school. The future plans of Capitol High School include a program with a medical focus which will be a part of EBRPSS’s Focus Choice Schools. These types of schools offer “theme-based” programs ranging in focus from technology and healthcare to liberal arts and management.

“Our community deserves the greatest resources and opportunities we can provide, and all of those intentions begin with the education of our children,” said Superintendent Sito Narcisse. “We are stifling the status quo in exchange for revolutionary learning innovation and stimulation. Capitol High School will be notched near the top of our strategic initiative to restore EBR Schools to the prominence we all should be demanding.”

Capitol High School returned to the parish’s school system after operating as a recovery school for over 10 years. The high school originally opened in 1950 and earned its spot in Baton Rouge history as the second public high school for Black students, according to its website.