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Lawrence High School (Kansas)

public secondary school in Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Lawrence High School (LHS) is a public secondary school in Lawrence, Kansas, USA. It is operated by Unified School District 497. It serves students of grades 9 to 12. The school is one of the two public high schools located in the city. Lawrence High had 1,260 students in the 2007-2008 school year. The school colors are red and black. The mascot is the "Chesty Lion".

Lawrence High School
Address
1901 Louisiana Street [1]
Lawrence, Kansas, 66046
United States
Coordinates 38°56′57″N 95°14′34″W / 38.949085°N 95.242871°W / 38.949085; -95.242871Coordinates: 38°56′57″N 95°14′34″W / 38.949085°N 95.242871°W / 38.949085; -95.242871
Information
School type Public, High School
Established 1857, 1954 (current building)
School board Board Website
School district USD 497 [2]
Superintendent Anthony Lewis [3]
CEEB Code 171690 [4]
Principal Cynthia Johnson (interm) [5]
Asst Principal Margene Brohammer, Quentin Rials, Mark Pruet, John Hilton
Athletic Director John Hilton [5]
Grades 9 to 12
Gender coed
Enrollment 1,609 (2016-17)[6]
Color(s)      Red
     Black
Athletics Class 6A [7]
District 4 [8]
Mascot Chesty Lion
Rival Free State, Topeka
Website

Lawrence High School was created in 1857. It was created to help educate Lawrence because there were a lot of people living there. The first classes were held in the basement of a Unitarian Church. Three years later, the school was moved to the current place of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, on Massachusetts Street. In 1930, the Lion became the school symbol. In 1946, it made its official debut as the school mascot. Lawrence High moved to its current place on Louisiana Street in 1954.

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

AthleticsEdit

Currently Lawrence High has more than 100 state championships in various sports, one of the highest totals in the United States. The first state championship was won in 1914 in boys basketball. Due to the success of Lawrence High and the University of Kansas, Lawrence was featured as a candidate for Titletown, United States by ESPN.[9][10][11][12]

FootballEdit

The Lawrence High School Chesty Lions have 31 undefeated seasons in football. This is the most in the United States.[13] The Chesty Lions won a High School Football National Championship in 1960. From 1930-2008, games were played at Haskell Memorial Stadium.[14] Once the new football stadium was finished being built at Lawrence High School, the football team started playing games at the new stadium in 2009.

State ChampionshipsEdit

Lawrence High has won the following state championships:[15][16]

State Championships[17]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 27 1919^, 1927^, 1928^, 1945^, 1946^, 1947+, 1952+, 1956+, 1957+, 1958+, 1959+, 1960+, 1962+, 1963+, 1964+, 1966+, 1968+, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995
Cross Country, Boys 2 2008, 2009
Cross Country, Girls 3 1985, 1986, 1987
Volleyball 16 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2018
Gymnastics, Girls 3 2004, 2005, 2006
Gymnastics, Boys 21 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988
Winter Basketball, Boys 4 1914, 1948, 1983, 1995
Basketball, Girls 3 1984, 1992, 2008
Swimming, Boys 1 1997
Indoor Track, Girls 2 1977, 1978
Spring Golf, Boys 1 1983
Golf, Girls 4 1975, 1977, 1982, 1984
Tennis, Boys 2 1981, 1995
Tennis, Girls 1 1989
Baseball 3 1996, 2000, 2009
Softball 1 1977
Swimming, Girls 7 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Track and Field, Boys 5 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 2006
Track and Field, Girls 4 1978, 1979, 2015, 2019
Total 110
^ predates KSHSAA playoffs and AP poll
+predates KSHSAA playoffs; ranked #1 in final AP poll

Notable alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. GNIS for Lawrence High School; USGS; October 13, 1978.
  2. USD 497
  3. USD 497 - Superintendent Archived 2012-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
  4. High School CEEB Code Search
  5. 5.0 5.1 Cite error: The named reference kshsaa-search was used but no text was provided for refs named (see the help page).
  6. "Lawrence High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. KSHSAA School Classification List
  8. KSHSAA School District List Archived 2010-09-23 at the Wayback Machine
  9. "Lawrence, Kan., rocks as it chalks up recent title". ESPN. June 29, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  10. "Lawrence finalist for ESPN's 'Titletown USA'". WIBW. June 24, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  11. Parker, Alex (June 23, 2008). "ESPN names Lawrence a 'TitleTown USA' finalist". KUSports.com. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  12. "ESPN to Air Lawrence's "TitleTown USA" Segment July 5". KU Athletics. July 2, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  13. "NFLHS.com". Archived from the original (English) on 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2008-11-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. Smith, Benton (August 31, 2007). "Haskell Stadium a house of history". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  15. "KSHSAA Athletics". Archived from the original (English) on 2006-08-18. Retrieved 2006-09-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  16. "Kansas High School Football Champions". Archived from the original (English) on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2009-06-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  17. "State Records & State Champions". Archived from the original (English) on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2010-02-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. "LHS Athletics and the History of our Mascot". Retrieved 14 November 2017.

Other websitesEdit