BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Groundbreaking news in the capital area. Capitol High School officially returns to the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System after 15 years of being under the state’s control.

The Capitol High Alumni Association said that for years they have advocated to get things done to improve the D-performing school. President Cleve Dunn Jr. mentioned it was worth the wait.

“The best place for capital return to this prominence was in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. When Dr. Narcisse came in, he was aware of our advocacy work and committed to help to bring Capitol back to East Baton Rouge Parish School System,” Dunn said.

Dunn said the goal is to improve Capitol High by renovating the building and improving the school’s curriculum. He also said the school board is committed.

“This is a city that has so many resources. It’s important that we continue to do this as we create schools of excellence across the system,” Dr. Sito Narcisse, Superintendent, East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System said.

A city full of resources to enhance students’ learning experience. Baton Rouge General is partnering with the EBR parish school system, by offering a medical focus choice program.

“They interact in class with guest speakers, we take them on field trips at the hospital and they learn all about the patient experience,” Symil Ledoux, Director, Baton Rouge General said.

This program with Baton Rouge General also offers paid internships for upper-class students and opportunities for high school credit.

Applications will also be open soon.