Lake Suburban Conference

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The Lake Suburban Conference was a high school athletic conference serving schools in the Indiana High School Athletic Association. The conference was formed in 1949 as the Calumet Athletic Conference, and disbanded in 1992. Most of its schools were located in Lake County, though two members during the CAC period were from Porter County.

History[edit]

The Calumet Athletic Conference was formed in 1949 by nine schools from Lake County. These schools were either Gary-Hammond metro area schools not involved in the Northern Indiana Conference, or suburban schools within the county. While membership did change, as three schools left to be Independent, two of those schools would return, along with other expansions, meant that two divisions would be utilized from 1963 to 1970.

1970 caused dramatic changes to the Calumet. Chesterton and Portage left to help found the Duneland Athletic Conference, Gary Wirt joined with the other Gary schools in the Northwestern Conference, and East Gary Edison would become an independent. Recently formed Munster was added, and the conference rebranded itself as the Lake Suburban Conference. Membership was much more stable, as the only change afterwards was Merrillville leaving for the Duneland. However, by the early 1990s, suburban growth had caused the conference to become unbalanced enrollment-wise. This led to the 1993 breakup of the LSC. Crown Point would become the Duneland's 8th member. Lowell would join the Northwest Hoosier Conference, which had a wide footprint that Lowell was firmly in the middle of. Lake Central would play as an independent for the next decade, eventually taking former CAC member Hobart's place in the Duneland. The remaining four schools joined with the remnants of the Indiana Lake Shore Conference to form the Lake 10 Conference.

Members[edit]

School Location Mascot Colors County Year
Joined
Previous Conference Year
Left
Conference Joined
Crown Point Crown Point Bulldogs           45
Lake
1949
1963

Independents
1953
1993
Independents
Duneland
Dyer Central Dyer Indians           45
Lake
1949 1966 none (consolidated
into Lake Central)
Edison East Gary Fighting Eagles           45
Lake
1949 1970 Independents
Gary Edison Gary Blazers           45
Lake
1949 1968 none (consolidated into
Gary West Side)
Gary Wirt Gary Troopers           45
Lake
1949 1970 Northwestern
Griffith Griffith Panthers           45
Lake
1949 1993 Lake 10
Hobart Hobart Brickies           45
Lake
1949 1955 Independents
Lowell Lowell Red Devils           45
Lake
1949
1956

Independents
1955
1993
Independents
Northwest Hoosier
Merrillville Merrillville Pirates           45
Lake
1949 1975 Duneland
Portage Portage Indians                64
Porter
1950 Independents 1970 Duneland
Highland Highland Trojans           45
Lake
1962 Independents 1993 Lake 10
Calumet Gary Warriors           45
Lake
1963 Independents 1993 Lake 10
Chesterton Chesterton Trojans           64
Porter
1963 Independents 1970 Duneland
Lake Central St. John Indians           45
Lake
1966 none (new school) 1993 Independent
Munster High School Munster Mustangs           45
Lake
1970 Independents 1993 Lake 10

Divisions 1963-70[edit]

North South
Calumet Crown Point
Chesterton Dyer Central (63-66)/
Lake Central (66-70)
Edison Griffith
Gary Edison (63-68) Highland
Gary Wirt Lowell
Portage Merrillville

Boys State Champions[edit]

  • Swimming (8): 1973-Munster, 1974-Munster, 1975-Munster, 1976-Munster, 1977-Munster, 1979-Munster, 1980-Munster, 1987-Lake Central
  • Tennis (1): 1971-Crown Point

Girls State Champions[edit]

  • Basketball (2): 1984-Crown Point, 1985-Crown Point
  • Softball (1): 1992-Lake Central
  • Swimming (3): 1976-Munster, 1977-Munster, 1978-Munster

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