As of July 1, 2022, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is officially Franciscan High School (FHS).
As of July 1, 2022, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is officially Franciscan High School (FHS). The school, sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, begins its seventh year of operation on August 15 and will welcome 165 students to its North Baton Rouge campus this fall.
FHS will continue providing a rigorous, Catholic education with a unique, highly relevant work study program that prepares low-resource students for college and beyond. FHS also reflects the Franciscan values of the school’s sponsors to be living witnesses to the Gospel message, committed to preparing and empowering its students to fulfill their God given potential.
FHS is also welcoming new leaders for the coming school year. Dr. Ivan Earls has been named as the school’s Principal and will be joined by Assistant Principal Erica Walker as the academic leadership at FHS. Rowdy Gaudet also joins the school as Vice President of Mission Integration.
“We are extremely excited to begin a new school year as Franciscan High School and with a sound leadership team in place,” said school President Eric Engemann. “We remain humbled by the continued support of the community, and are reaffirming our commitment to preparing students for a life of faith, purpose and service.”
Dr. Earls comes to Franciscan High School from Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School in Houston, Texas, where he has been a faculty member since 2011 and most recently served as the Chair of the Theology Department. Dr. Earls is a Houston native and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and his Doctorate in Catholic School Leadership from St. Louis University.
Walker was previously the Director of Admissions at FHS and has also served in numerous leadership roles in local Catholic schools, notably as Principal of Redemptorist St. Gerard Elementary and St. Isidore Elementary School.
Gaudet was formerly a Managing Director at Emergent Method and previously served as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in the East Baton Rouge Office of the Mayor-President. He currently serves as an elected member of the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council, representing District 3. In his role at FHS, Gaudet will work collaboratively with the leaders of the school to develop and implement strategic initiatives related to school mission by ensuring that organizational actions, practices, and decisions remain faithfully aligned to the school’s Christian, Catholic identity and Franciscan charism and values.