According to the 2000 Census, 22.5% of the population age 25+ had an associate degree or higher. More than 400 teachers and administrators work to meet the needs of all students regardless of age, ability, or background. Approximately 50 percent of these teachers and administrators hold advanced degrees.
A new high school was completed in June 2011. The new school is for 1,500 students and is a 320,000-sq-ft, 2-story structure made of wood, masonry, concrete, and steel. Located in the original 1920s oil field, the campus includes a 2,000 seat arena/gymnasium, 450-seat fine arts auditorium, and seven classroom zones on a site totaling 62 acres.
Murphy Oils $50 million gift to education in El Dorado set the wheels in motion for the new school.
The new EHS has more than 100 classrooms and instructional spaces, six dedicated computer labs, media center, theater with sloped and tiered lecture seating, a basketball arena, 75-seat black box theatre, 13 science labs, Main Street circulation corridors and central octunda, and an 8,000 sq ft (740 m2) student dining/commons with serving area.
Cost: $43.3 million
Start/Completion: March 2009/June 2011
Owner: El Dorado Public School District #15
General Contractor: Baldwin & Shell Construction Co., Little Rock, Arkansas.
Architect: CADM Architecture Inc.
Civil Engineer: Hunt Guillot Associates LLC, Ruston, Louisiana.
Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants Inc.
MEP Engineer: TME Inc.
The city offers many outdoor activities and parks in all corners of the city for recreation including tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, golf courses, and walking trails. The city also contains a botanical state park.
El Dorado Recreation Complex and Pavilion has a playground area, multiple baseball/softball facilities and two spacious pavilions. It is home of the El Dorado High School Wildcat Baseball Field and Ladycat Softball Field.
Private golf course. The 18-hole "El Dorado" course at the El Dorado Golf & Country Club facility features 6,449 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.2 and it has a slope rating of 116. Designed by Herman Hackbarth, the El Dorado golf course opened in 1925.