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1850  The Minden Seminary for girls was organized by Reuben Drake and Charles Veedor. It was the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River. About this time, The Male Academy was founded under the leadership of John D. Watkins. 

1890  The Male Academy and the Female College were united, and the name was changed to Minden Normal and Business College. 

1897  The Webster Parish School Board voted to establish a central parish high school in Minden. A building was offered by the trustees of the college, and Minden's first public high school was organized. 

1907  The school was reorganized by Mr. C.A. Ives when he became principal. Among other things, public school music was taught for the first time. It was also during this year that the school first became a state approved high school. 

1910  A new building was constructed and used for both grammar and high school until 1924. 

1924  A new high school building was erected and the old building became the grammar school. With the addition of new courses, the school was soon able to boast a very rich and well-rounded curriculum. During the years of 1921 to 1927, the schools at Mims, Turner, Rocky Comfort, Rocky Ridge, Beech Springs, Antioch, Pine Grove, and Oak Grove were consolidated into Minden High School. 

1936  The first stadium, with a seating capacity of 350, was erected on the football field. 

1938  As the result of a building campaign begun in 1937, a new gymnasium was constructed. 

1939  After another subscription campaign, a new concrete stadium was constructed on the football field. 

1946  Through the combined efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club, the Civitan Club, and the City of Minden, funds were again raised and an addition to the football stadium stands on the east side increased seating capacity to 1200. 

1954  A new high school building was constructed. Junior high grades were moved to the old high school building and the old junior high school building was demolished. 

1955  A new football stadium was built for Minden High School. The new stadium increased the approximate seating capacity from 3,000 to 5,000. 

1956  A new cinder track was constructed. 

1960  A new junior high school was constructed, and the girls' gymnasium was remodeled. Stands were erected on the track field. 

1963  The football team was the undefeated AA State Champions. 

1971  Hosted the State Student Council Convention. 

1972  Renovations were made to the old building. MHS won the AAA State Championship in baseball. 

1974  Webster High School, with a rich academic and the athletic history, was consolidated with Minden High School. The class of 1975 became the largest graduating class in the history of Minden High School with 248 graduates. 

1975  Additions were made including a new library, covered with walkways, air-conditioning, all-weather track, tennis courts, and computer labs. The ninth grade went to Webster Junior High with Minden High maintaining tenth through twelfth. 

1979  Key Club was formed and the golf team went to the state playoffs. 

1980  The football team won the AAA State Championship. 

1981  The first annual Webster Parish Special Olympics was held at Minden High School, the yearbook staff earned course credit for working on The Grig, the Louisi-Annes became the Official Goodwill Ambassadors of Louisiana, and the support group Red Wave was formed. Minden High School baseball team won the AAA State Championship. 

1982  New sidewalks were added. The Minden High School baseball team won back-to-back AAA State Championship. 

1987  The ninth grade returned to Minden High School. 

1992  The Student Council sponsored the Special Olympics. 

1995  A new football scoreboard was purchased. 

1996  The modified block schedule was introduced, and the water sprinkler system for the football and practice fields were added. 

1997  The Louisi-Annes won the National Novice team title. 

1999  The 4x4 block schedule was introduced, one 50-minute lunch break was implemented, and ROTC color guard was added, and landscaping was done. 

2000  The basketball and baseball teams won district championships, identification badges were introduced, campus security was added, the quiz bowl team and science fair participants won the parish championships, new trophy cases were added, and new uniforms were purchased for the band. 

2001  In-school detention known as T.E.S.S. was added, the first annual field day was sponsored, T.E.A.M. meeting began, and the bond issue for a new school was voted on by the public and failed. 

2002  Student uniforms became mandatory, a September 11th Memorial was added, and study skills class was made mandatory for all freshmen. The Option Three program was implemented for students wishing to pursue the GED and a trade skill. 

2003  Minden School District approved a bond issue to construct a new classroom building, new cafeteria, new gym, and make a major renovations at MHS. 

2007  Minden High moves into Phase 1 of new construction.

 

2008  Minden High completes Phase II of new construction and begins a Freshman Academy.

 

2010  Minden High School incorporated an ROTC program and Roll Mart was added for students to enjoy.

 

2014   MInden High School raised $10,460.83 total at the Annual St. Jude Ralley!