Eisenhower High School (Lawton, Oklahoma)

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Eisenhower High School
Lawton EHS Logo.png
Address
5202 West Gore Boulevard
Lawton, Oklahoma, Comanche County, 73505
United States
Information
Type Co-Educational, Public, Secondary
Established 1962
School district Lawton Public Schools
Authority OSDE
Principal Rodney Elam
Faculty 89
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,549
Student to teacher ratio 1:17
Color(s)               
Athletics conference 6A District 1
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Pom, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Wrestling
Mascot Bald eagle Bald Eagle at The National Zoo.jpg
Rivals Lawton High School & MacArthur High School
Average ACT scores 20.8
Newspaper 'The Patriot'
Yearbook 'The Talon'
Website

Eisenhower Senior High School (EHS) is one of three public high schools and is located in west Lawton, Oklahoma. It was the second high school built in Lawton, Oklahoma in the early 1960s.

It is situated on a campus which contains Eisenhower Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School, 400 meter field and track zone, football and soccer fields, tennis courts, large parking areas, and other open areas.

History[edit]

Eisenhower High School is named after Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower, who was the 34th President of the United States and supreme military commander of Allied forces in the European Theater during World War II.

Eisenhower High School opened in September 1962 housing 700 students in a building containing 48 rooms. In May 1964, an auditorium was completed; and in 1965, the northwest wing was completed, providing the school with an additional 45 rooms and housing a total of 1,900 students. In the 2003–2004 school year, EHS had 1,380 students and 112 faculty. Its library contains approximately 16,000 volumes, not including textbooks.

In 2006, construction began on a new wing that housed thirty classrooms, and in 2007, the courtyard was closed and a new cafeteria was built. As of the 2007-2008 school year, Eisenhower (commonly referred to by both its own students and the students of rival schools as IKE) has a student body of approximately 1400 students, a number that has increased greatly from the usual average of 1,100 due to freshmen being incorporated into the student body.

Academics[edit]

Eisenhower is also well known for academics. Eisenhower has represented the state of Oklahoma for ten years in the Academic Decathlon Nationals competition, having won the state competition for an entire decade. Students at Eisenhower go on to attend many of the most famous universities in the country, while many stay local to attend Cameron University in Lawton. Ike students also attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant or join the military, or the Lawton Public Schools itself.

Athletics[edit]

Eisenhower High School is well known for its excellence in sports. Most notably, the Eagles were 5A State and National Champions in football in 1990 as well as several other teams over the last 25 years. Many IKE athletes move on to play with many Big 12 Conference teams, such as Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas, and other smaller nationwide colleges and within the state of Oklahoma.

In 2007, Eisenhower Eagles men's basketball team were 6A State Finalist with a record of 24-3 under Head Coach Bruce Harrington and Assistant Coaches Brad Cooksey and Michael Parks. Additionally within 2007, the Eisenhower Eagles Varsity men's bowling team progressed all the way to the state finals, where they won and were crowned the 2007 Oklahoma High School Varsity Boys Bowling Team.[1][2]

Championship Titles

  • Oklahoma 5A
    • Cheerleading: 2002
    • Cheerleading COED: 2000
    • Girls Basketball: 1984, 1985
    • Girls Cross Country: 1991
    • Girls Golf: 2000
    • Girls Tennis: 1991 (Doubles)
    • Football: 1990
    • Boys Track: 1985, 1990, 1991, 1993
      • 300 Hurdles State Meet Record: 1993
  • Oklahoma 4A
    • Boys Track: 1978, 1980
  • Oklahoma 2A
    • Boys Cross Country: 1965
    • Boys Track: 1968
  • Oklahoma A
    • Boys Cross Country: 1964

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Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Eisenhower High School sponsors the following clubs and organizations for the student body: African American, Art, Band, BBB (Blue Body Brigade), BIB (Babes in Blue), Choir, Decathlon, Drama, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), Fencing, FFA (Future Farmers of America), Geography, National Honor Society, Key Club, Media, Military Child, The Patriot Newspaper, Native American, Orchestra, JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps), Spanish, Step Team, Student Council,[3] Website Staff, The Talon Yearbook Staff.[4]

LGBT club controversy[edit]

In October 2014 students petitioned for a school sponsored LGBT club, but the principal, Rod Elam, refused, stating: "Being gay is a CHOICE. A PREFERENCE. I don't believe in it and this school will NOT be supporting it. We are in the BIBLE BELT."[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 34°36′32″N 98°27′26″W / 34.608898°N 98.457266°W / 34.608898; -98.457266