Athletic Dept Info



The Lake Area Athletic Dept. was founded in 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Michael Booker, Ms Juquanna Stewart, Mr. Derrick Lewis and Mr Kenric Polart. Lake Area HS came into existence in 2011 when two charter high schools (Thurgood Marshall and Greater Gentilly) merged to form Lake Area New Tech Early College High School.

Coach Derrick Lewis Sr. was named interim Athletic Director by Dr. Booker in 2011. Coach Lewis along with Coach Polart, then proceeded to organize teams and seek induction into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The schools’ bid was excepted and placed into division 10-4-A for competition.

In 2012 Dr. Booker then hired Mr Darren Lewis as full time Athletic Director and allowed Coach Lewis to proceed to coach Girls Volleyball, and Boys Basketball.  In 2013, Mr Darren Lewis then took over as Principal and passed the Athletic Directors mantle to Coach Lewis. During this time, Coach Lewis and Polart helped to develop Boys and Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Baseball, Boys Rugby, Junior Varsity and Varsity Football, Boys and Girls Track and Field.

After two years of acquiring equipment and uniforms for all teams the Lake Area Athletic Department has been the talk of New Orleans. The Athletes and Coaches have done an excellent job of growing and becoming a respectable program.



Charter: New Beginnings Schools Foundation

CEO: Sammetta Brown

Principal: Darren Lewis

Assistant Principal: Nicole Cooper

Athletic Director: Derrick Lewis

Assistant Athletic Director: Arthur Williams


Athletic Director: Derrick Lewis
6026 Paris Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70122
Phone: (504) 864-5883