When I remember my time at CA, I think of family. I remember this school was truly my home away from home. I think of my lifelong friends and remember the faculty and staff that cared for me almost as if I were their own. Among all of its accolades and advantages, I will always recognize it for the family-like atmosphere and wonderful people that I met there.

Hunter Spillers, Interior Designer

Class of 2007 


When I think back on my memories at Claiborne Academy, I can’t help but smile. I had some great times cheering with wonderful friends, and a very patient and loving cheer sponsor that put up with us. The faculty and staff at Claiborne Academy were more like family, and the friends made, were made for a lifetime. I am grateful to be teaching and raising my own children at Claiborne Academy.

Ashley Buckner, 2nd Grade Teacher at Claiborne Academy

Class of 1999


My favorite memories of being a CA Rebel were the many lifelong friendships that were made.  Also, my senior year, our basketball team ended the season with a record of 31-8.  It was a great time to be a Rebel!

John Malone, Regional Manager for RB (maker of Lysol and Mucinex)

Class of 1973


I have vivid memories of my 14 formative years at my alma mater and I am eternally grateful for the faith-based education I received.  I am confident that Claiborne Academy provides an academic foundation unparalleled in the area and it adequately prepared me for both my undergrad at Texas Christian University and my doctorate at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  The teachers played a pivotal role in my life by instilling solid moral values and influencing where I stand today.  I learned the importance of integrity and dedication, got my first taste of leadership and learned to work hard but have fun at the same time.  The didactic curriculum was supplemented by extra-curricular activities that allowed me to develop among multiple dimensions.  A few of my favorite memories include spirit Fridays during football season, cheering for the state champions in football my senior year and Mr. Ed’s challenging physics experiments and FCA huddles.  Even after graduating years ago, I still feel a sense of pride for CA and a deep sense of gratitude for the knowledge and confidence the school imparted and for the friendships formed there.  I am elated to hear about the progress the school is constantly making.

Heather Bays, PT, DPT

Class of 2005


Claiborne Academy is sentimental to me: My grandfather, Paul Newell, was one of its founders, and numerous family members—dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, sibling, and so on—attended school there. What I loved—still love—most about CA is that it provided me with many of memories and a group of people that I’ll never forget and that I’ll always look back on nostalgically as one of the happiest periods in my life.  My classmates were some of the most special people I’ve ever met, and despite the passing of, surprisingly, 14 years now, I still feel a strong sense of community with them. I miss them as well as the teachers and coaches who played such significant roles in my growth and development from a small toddler in The Little Red Schoolhouse to a father, husband, military veteran, and finance professional.  CA helped to lay the foundation for all of this for me, providing me a sense of pride and purpose, an education that set me up for success in college and beyond, and a community. I miss the people, the pep rallies and spirit, sports with friends, and an overall experience that I’ll never have again and never be able to replicate.  The class of 2006 was a special class, and CA is a special place. If I could go back and change one thing about it, then that thing would be…nothing—perhaps only to make it last a bit longer.

Trent Newell, Senior Manager at Fidelity Investments

Class of 2006


I love CA….GHBR!  I was the four-year starting Point Guard for the first CA Girls Basketball Team to ever win STATE in any sport, girls or boys.  We were the 1975 State Champions.  My daughter, Dr. Ashley Stanley Copeland, graduated from Claiborne Academy in 2001 and is now a Pediatric Neurologist.  My son, Josh Stanley, graduated from Claiborne Academy in 2004 and is now an Occupational Therapist.  CA has provided the BEST of education for all of us!!!  Thank you for so many awesome memories.

Charlotte Orr Stanley, 1975 Webster Parish School Board Member and 1990-2020 Paraeducator working with students with significant disabilities

Class of 1975


I attended Claiborne Academy from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  I realize now how invaluable CA was for me.  From lessons learned to friendships that will last a lifetime, Claiborne Academy laid a foundation for me to build upon.  After graduating from Claiborne Academy, I attended ULM School of Pharmacy in Monroe.  I am now the pharmacist/owner at Ted’s Pharmacy in Haynesville.  This means so much to me because it is the same independent pharmacy my mom and dad (Ted & Norma Ware) started in 1974.  Today, it remains a second-generation family business.  It is such a privilege to work along-side my wife Nicole Ware (our accountant) and my sister Anne Ware Vining (our pharmacist) every day. We are still incredibly involved at Claiborne Academy.  I have served on the CA Board of Directors for the last 2 years and Nicole is the current Booster Club President.  Our children, Craten (4th grade) and Caroline (2nd grade) absolutely LOVE CA!! It makes me so proud that they are getting a quality education, the same great values, and forming lifelong friendships the same way I did at CA.  I have always said Claiborne Academy is so much more than a great school . . . WE ARE FAMILY!  After all these years, we are still PROUD to be a REBEL!

Dan Ware, Pharmacist/Owner of Ted’s Pharmacy

Class of 1991


When I arrived as a Freshman at LSU in the Fall of 2006, I constantly heard my new collegiate classmates express how glad they were to finally leave home and escape high school.  Although excited for a new start, it was then I realized how much of a positive and unique impact CA had made on my life.  I loved every minute of it and my wife and I look forward to sending our boys to the Little Red School House this fall.  GO REBELS!!!

Pat Abshire, Area Manager of Wimberly Agency, Owner of Lights Out Waterfowl, Claiborne Parish Chamber of Commerce President

Class of 2006


One of the biggest blessings of being a part of CA is that we offer prayer and faith-based programs.  In the world today, a lot of this is being taken out of school and I feel comfort in going to a school program and opening and closing with a prayer and my son having prayer in the morning before he starts his day.

Laci Lee, Board Member and Parent of CA student