Lake Orion High School

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Lake Orion High School
495 E. Scripps Road
Lake Orion, Michigan
Coordinates 42°45′17″N 83°14′00″W / 42.7546°N 83.2333°W / 42.7546; -83.2333Coordinates: 42°45′17″N 83°14′00″W / 42.7546°N 83.2333°W / 42.7546; -83.2333
Type Public
Established 1893, 1997 (Current Site)
School district Lake Orion Community Schools
Principal Steven Hawley
Faculty 137
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,490 (2013-2014)[1]
Rivals Clarkston Wolves
Oxford Wildcats
Adams Highlanders
Green and White

Lake Orion High School (also referred to as Lake Orion Senior High School) is a public secondary institution located in Orion Township, Michigan. It is a part of Lake Orion Community Schools.

The large campus (377,756 square feet) features a centralized commons area, which serves as a distribution center to the wings. The commons area features the cafeteria and student store (LO Stop N' Shop), as well as the main office. Each wing features classrooms, computer labs, student lockers, and faculty offices. The school building is the third largest in the state of Michigan, behind Saline High School in Pittsfield Township, Michigan, and Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore, Michigan.

The campus also features a gymnasium, natatorium, and auditorium; all of which are suitable for state-level competitions or productions. The Information Resource Center is a re-conceptualized vision of a library, featuring computers, tech-ed labs, and studio classrooms.

The immediate area around the school has been developed into residential neighborhoods, but is still dominated by Bald Mountain Recreation Area to the north, east, and southeast.

As of the 2013-2014 school year, Lake Orion High School has the 11th highest enrollment in the state of Michigan, and the 3rd highest in Oakland County after Clarkston High School (when Clarkston off-campus freshman are included) and Troy High School. Since opening at the current location in 1997, LOHS has added close to 1,000 students to the enrollment.


The first building to house Lake Orion students was built in 1893 and served grades K-12. It was demolished in the 1930s by a Works Progress Administration project as part of the program designed by the Franklin Roosevelt administration as a way to provide jobs.

In 1927 a new building was constructed that would house K-12 students for the next 30 years. Located within the Village of Lake Orion, the building is still in use today as the Ehman Center, and is used by various non-profit enterprises (the property is zoned as non-commercial). It also was the home of a Boys & Girls Clubs of America chapter in the 1990s and early 2000s; the chapter has since moved.

The next building to house LOHS is located near the current school, and is now used as a Community Education Resource Center. It is commonly referred to as the "CERC Building". Opened in 1957, it housed classes for high school students for 40 years. During the 1980s and 1990s the building became so limited in space that it eventually only served grades 10-12, and also required the use of portable classrooms. During that time, the building was known as Lake Orion Senior High School, and was fed by Lake Orion Junior High School (grades 8 and 9).

The current site of LOHS opened in the Fall of 1997, with much of the school uncompleted as construction was behind schedule. Students began classes while construction crews completed the main entrance, gym, weight room, auditorium, parking lot, baseball fields, and natatorium. As a result, students and staff used secondary entrances and were bused to the former high school for gym classes (and the first pep rally to include all 4 classes in years).

In 2000, LOHS was honored as a New American High School showcase site by the United States Department of Education.


The soccer, football, and track and field facilities at Lake Orion High School.

LOHS offers 27 varsity sports, and competes in the Oakland Activities Association or "OAA". At the state level, the school is classified as "Class A" or "Division 1", competing against those schools with the largest enrollments. Recently, Lake Orion has added ice hockey (2001), lacrosse (2007), and bowling to the list of varsity sports offered.

The grounds surrounding the school feature Dragon Stadium, which houses the football field and track. The football field is composed of AstroTurf GameDay Grass XPe, an artificial surface constructed to resemble grass. A separate soccer field is located next to the stadium. There are several baseball and softball diamonds, some of which feature dugouts or bleacher seating. Lighted tennis courts are located adjacent to the school. Many of these facilities are suitable for regional, state-wide, and AAU competitions.

The athletic teams are known as "The Dragons". The "Dragons" (or Lady Dragons) name is used by all athletic teams at all educational levels throughout the school system. The chief rival to Lake Orion is the Clarkston High School Wolves, located in the township directly west of Orion. The two districts border one another and share many of the same demographics and enrollment. A previous rival to Lake Orion was Oxford High School, located in the township directly north. Beginning with the 2010 fall sports season, Lake Orion will again face Oxford in sporting events as Oxford moved to the OAA. The football teams compete for the "Double-O" trophy each season.

The boys and girls ski teams compete at Pine Knob. The ice hockey team predominately competes at the Detroit Skating Club.

Lake Orion baseball has had 8 players drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft.[2][3] From 1996-1998, the baseball team was coached by former major leaguer Dave Collins.

The Lake Orion soccer field served as home field for the Michigan Bucks of the USL Premier Development League in 2007 and 2008.

State Championships

  • 1990 - Wrestling (Class A/Division 1)[4]
  • 2007 - Girls Golf (Division 1)[5]
  • 2007 - Baseball (Division 1)[6]
  • 2008 - Power Lifting (Club) (Class A)[7]
  • 2009 - Power Lifting (Club) (Class A)[8]
  • 2010 - Football (Division 1)[9]
  • 2012 - Boys Track (Division 1)[10]

Individual Awards

  • 2002 - Randy Frye - Mr. Baseball (Michigan)[11]
  • 2002 - Randy Frye - Baseball - Gatorade State Player of the Year (Michigan)[12]
  • 2003 - Billy Weaver - Soccer - Mr. Soccer (Michigan)[13]
  • 2003 - Billy Weaver - Soccer - NSCAA State Player of the Year (Michigan)[14]


Currently active clubs and student organizations at the high school include:

The school also sponsors extracurricular clubs that are not necessarily specific to an academic environment. These are known as "Drake GAP", featuring clubs such as Dungeons & Drakes, Flag Football League, Movie Club, Paintball Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Writing Club, and Video Game Design.

The school does not officially sponsor, but rarely punishes students for, Senior Skip Day. Usually held the day of, before, or near the spring prom or final examinations, most senior students choose to skip classes for the day. Teachers and administrators generally support a day of skipping, however underclassmen (if caught) could face punishment. Senior Skip Day is sometimes accompanied by a Senior Prank, which commonly includes "painting the rock" outside of the school, among other things.

LOHS holds graduation and commencement ceremonies at the Meadow Brook Music Festival in nearby Rochester Hills, Michigan. LOHS made plans to move the graduation ceremony to the Phoenix Center in Pontiac, Michigan in 2008, but due to construction issues, 2008's ceremony was held at Pontiac's Ultimate Soccer Arena instead. The ceremony has since been moved back to Meadow Brook for subsequent years. In 2012, the ceremony was moved to DTE Energy Music Center.

In 1998 Dragon yearbook won the National Pacemaker Award for excellence in journalism.


The LOHS Marching Band marches in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.

The band competes at state-level competitions in which they are judged on a variety of factors. In the 2006 season, they placed third in Flight I with a score of 82.6, the second highest score for Lake Orion ever. In the 2007 season, they placed 2nd in Flight I at the MCBA State Finals with a score of 89.15 which is the highest score in the history of the marching band at the time. In 2008, they placed 2nd at state finals and was awarded the trophy for best marching. That was also the first year the band made their way to BOA Grand Nationals, hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the brand new Lucas Oil Stadium. The band placed 48th in the country. In 2009, the band took fourth place with their show Over the River and Through the Woods. Also, in 2012, the marching band matched their score of 89.15 at Huron Valley Invitational. They then went on to place 2nd at the MCBA State Finals with a score of 87.20 with their show RITUAL. In the 2013 season with their show "The Kindling", they placed 2nd at the MCBA State Finals, scoring the highest score in Lake Orion history, 89.50.

Lake Orion also has four talented concert bands: Campus (freshmen), Concert, Symphonic (audition only), and Wind Ensemble (audition only). At MSBOA Festival and Solo & Ensemble, high ratings are common every year.

The latest addition to Lake Orion's championship teams is the LOHS Winter Drumline; meaning they compete during the winter season as an indoor unit. The winter line was first formed in 2009-2010 season and they eventually went on to take states their very first year.


The Lake Orion High School Choir competes and participates in many festivals and honor choirs throughout the year. Lake Orion currently has three talented choirs: Campus Choir(mainly freshmen), Chorale (audition only), and Chamber Choir (audition only). Each choir attends Solo & Ensemble Festival hoping to receive a high rating based on a variety of factors. In 2013, Chamber Choir was one of the few ensembles honored to sing at Michigan Youth Arts Festival after being selected at Solo & Ensemble. In March, all choirs go to Festival to sing two pieces and sight read for a judge, high ratings are common every year. Lake Orion Choir also has two show choirs: LOcomotion (audition only) and Sweet & LO (audition only). Each ensemble performs at fall and winter concerts as well as other events such as Holly Jolly Folly. Choir students can audition for a few other honor choirs including: MSVMA Senior High Honor Choir, MSVMA Junior High Honor Choir and ACDA Honor Choir.

Notable alumni[edit]