Lake Travis High School
|Lake Travis High School|
|3324 Ranch Road 620 S.
Austin, Texas, 78738
|Grades||9 through 12|
|Color(s)||Red, Black, Silver and White|
Lake Travis High School, is located approximately 20 miles west of Austin, Texas. The preparatory is accredited by the Texas Education Agency and rated as an Exemplary secondary. LTHS serves students in grades nine through twelve who live in southwest Travis County and is part of the Lake Travis Independent School District. LTHS and LTISD were both established in 1981 after splitting from the Dripping Springs Independent School District. The current high school was built in 1988. Because of major growth in the Austin Metropolitan Area, the high school has undergone several expansion projects. Due to the increase in student population, LTHS was reclassified in 2012 as a member of the UIL 5A conference. The 5A is the largest classification for Texas high schools with enrollment typically at or above 2000 students.
Lake Travis won the UIL-4A Lone Star Cup for the 2011-2012 school year. The cup is awarded to the states overall top high school based on academic and athletic achievements. Lake Travis HS features several distinguished programs. The Cavalier Band has won numerous awards and continues to have success. The Cavalier football team won five consecutive state championships, from 2007-2011; the only Texas football team to accomplish this feat. In 2010, the Lady Cav Volleyball Team became the first LTHS girls team to win a state championship. The following year, in 2011, the Lady Cavs were ranked as the number one high school volleyball team in the nation. They finished with a 50-0 record and a second straight state title. In 2011 and 2012, the boys varsity golf team were also winners of the UIL 4A State Championship which added to Lake Travis's athletic success. The cheerleading squad has also garnered national honors. In 2008 they won the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) National Championship. The orchestra, choir, speech/debate, and theater arts programs have also won University Interscholastic League licensed events.
Lake Travis High School has more than 200 academically rigorous courses from which to choose, including 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 30 Pre-AP/Honors courses. The school also offers students membership in more than 50 student clubs and organizations. Lake Travis HS allows students to explore future career opportunities through elective courses which are housed within the Institutes of Study, a comprehensive academic program that allows students to pursue an area of study in depth.The six Institutes of Study are: Institute of Advanced Sciences & Medicine, Institute of Business, Finance & Marketing, Institute of Veterinary & Agricultural Science, Institute of Humanities, Technology & Communications, Institute of Math, Engineering & Architecture, and the Institute of Fine Arts. A special education program is also available to meet the needs of identified students.
School body diversity 
As of the 2010-2011 school year, Lake Travis HS's racial diversity is 73.5% White, 17.4% Hispanic, 3.6% Asian, 3.6% identified as two or more races, 1.5% Black and 0.4% other. The Texas Education Agency also reports the diversity of staff, in 2009-10 faculty racial composition was 89% White, 7% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% African American, and 1% other.
SAT scores 
The average SAT scores for the Class of 2010 was 1674 which beat the state average of 1462 and the national average of 1509.
In 2011, Lake Travis High School became the first football program in Texas to have won five straight state championships. The Cavalier football dynasty began in 2003. From 2001-2002, LT had combined a record of 1-19. LT’s first playoff appearance came in 2000. LT that year went 6-6, and won the bi-district championship. LT's overall record since its inaugural season in 1982 until 2003 stood at 79 wins, 1 draw, and 132 defeats. In the 2007 season, Lake Travis won its first ever football state championship. The Cavs beat Highland Park HS 36-34, the Cavaliers ended that season with a final record of 15-1. In 2008 LT defeated Longview 48-23 in the championship game. In 2009 LT had another undefeated season, once again beating Longview (24-17) in the 2009 Texas 4A Championship Game. In 2010 LT reached the UIL 4A State Championship Game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. In that game LT defeated the #3 ranked Denton Ryan Raiders 27-7; giving the Cavs their fourth consecutive state championship, making them the only 4A or 5A Texas school to accomplish this feat. In 2011, the Cavs again went undefeated, and defeated Waco Midway 22-7 in the state championship game. Lake Travis became the first Texas football program to win five consecutive state titles.
Lake Travis was coached by Jan Jernberg (667-433 overall record; 302-135 at LT ) from 1997 until his retirement in 2011. Jernberg's most successful season was the 09-10 school year when LT were district champions and made it into the Texas 4A Final Four.
Swimming and Diving 
Lake Travis High School has a long history of state-level excellence in swimming and diving. Since 2005 Lake Travis has never finished below 3rd in its region. Lake Travis girls have been regional champions three times; the boys twice.
Lake Travis swimmers and divers have earned 44 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place medals at the 4A State Championships. The boys team has twice finished 3rd overall at State (2005 and 2008); they finished 4th in 2010. The girls team’s best finish was 5th in both 2006 and 2008.
Those 44 medals at the State Championship were earned by nineteen different athletes since 2005. Yvonne Le earned eight medals from 2005-2008 including a state championship in 2008 for 100 butterfly. Ashley McKemie earned three medals from 2005-2007. Chris Griffin is the top boys medal winner; he earned five medals from 2008-2010 including state championships in 2008 in 200 freestyle and 2010 in 500 freestyle. Andy Hoffmann and Reid Elliott are both 4-time medalists; Andy was the silver medalist in 2008 in both 200 individual medley and 100 breast. Two of Reid Elliott’s medals are gold – he was the back-to-back 100 backstroke champion in both 2011 and 2012.
Lake Travis girl divers also competed at the state championships on the 1 meter springboard. Alex Bettridge won bronze medals in 2008 and 2011. Kristina Hoffmann finished fourth in 2012.
The Lady Cavaliers garnered the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Senior and Junior High School National Championship held December 28–29, 2008 at the Dallas Convention Center. More than 3,000 participants from 17 states competed in 23 divisions defined by skill level, number of athletes, and all-girl or coed designation. The Senior and Junior High School National Championship is one of four national championships administered each year by the NCA. The Lake Travis HS competition cheerleading squad placed second in 2007, missing the national title by two-hundredths of a point.
Lake Travis HS golf teams have a long history of success. The boys team won the 3A state title in 1997, the 4A state title in 2011 and 2012, and the 5A state title in 2013. The girls team also won the 5A state title in 2013 
Lake Travis HS supports girls and boys soccer teams at both the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels. As of 2008, the Varsity girls team has finished as District Champs or better in all but one season since 2000, including a Regional Championship (Region IV) in 2007 and a Bi-District Championship in 2008.
In 2009, under the leadership of Coach Brett Schwab, the Lake Travis boys soccer team went deep into the playoffs, winning the 2009 Sectional Championship. In the post season, they managed to defeat the state-ranked Travis High School team. But after that significant victory the team lost to Alamo Heights High School of San Antonio. This was the most successful Lake Travis Mens soccer team to date.
Carol Creel has been the LT Tennis Coach since 2000. Over the years Creel has led the Cavs to multiple district championships. At the individual level of competition LT have won various regional finals and some of her players have even won state titles. However, the 2011-2012 Team is the very first LT team to qualify for the Texas 4A Team Tennis Tournament, earning the #2 Seed. On November 5, 2011 LT faced off with powerhouse Highland Park; the #1 Texas 4A team and winners of 7 out of the last 8 Texas 4A State Championships. The game ended 10-5 with LT finishing as the state runner-up.
The Lake Travis HS Volleyball Team has won the Texas 4A State Championship in 2010 and 2011. 1995, was the first year for LT to appear in a state championship game. They lost the 3A state title to Bellville, 15-1,15-9. In 2010, Lake Travis once again made it to the 4A final. Under Head Coach Julie Green LT won its first ever volleyball state title. The Lady Cavs beat Brenham in a quick 3 set match, 25-11, 25-18, 25-13, to win its first ever volleyball state championship. During the summer of 2011, Green left Lake Travis in order to become the athletic coordinator and head volleyball coach at Coppell High. In 2011 LT won its second state championship perhaps more impressive the Lady Cavs went 50-0 and only lost one set during the entire season. They were also ranked by PrepVolleyball as the number one high school volleyball team in the nation.
Fine Arts 
The Cavalettes were established in 1981 with the opening of Lake Travis High School. Through the years the Cavalettes have transformed into one of the most prestigious high school dance/drill teams in the state of Texas. The Cavalettes are known for their incredible high kick routines but also specialize in jazz, lyrical, novelty, pom, and modern dance. Young ladies can join the Cavalettes as freshmen, with tryouts usually in December of each year. Currently the Cavalettes are 62 members strong. In 2012, the Cavalettes performed at the Tournament of Roses Parade. Marking the first time in the history of the parade that a high school drill and dance team performed an opening number.
Lake Travis HS has a well-respected band program. The program was led by Head Director Kenneth Vise in the years 1996-2013. The associate band directors are Lance Brightwell (as of 2007) and Stephen Hopkins (as of 2010). The Cavalier Band produces and performs their competitive marching show for various UIL and non-UIL marching competitions every fall and at every regular season fall football half-time performance. Even after the regular season, the band travels with the football team and plays in the stands and on the field to cheer on their classmates on the team. On the field and on the stage, the band consistently performs well in UIL competitions and TMEA All State and All Region competitions. As well, the LTHS band placed 5th place in the 2011 4A state competition in the San Antonio Alamodome. The band often does well in individual competition. In 2011, Rob Fuller was ranked the best 4a tuba player in Texas. Also in 2011, three individuals received "outstanding performer" honors at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest, including Junior Caroline Nelson on Flute, Freshman Gyu-Hee Min on Clarinet, and Freshman Anneka DeCaro on Saxophone. In 2012, the Lake Travis High School Drumline received first place and the title of state champion in the Percussion Scholastic A classification of the Texas Color Guard Circuit.
The Lake Travis High School Choir is led by director Kelan Latimer. The LTHS Choir is divided into four main choirs, including Varsity Women's, Varsity Men's, Varsity Mixed, and Non-Varsity. In the Fall, individuals among the choir go through the TMEA all state choir competition process. This process includes several auditions, a Region Clinic and Concert, and a State-Level Concert. During the Spring, the choir performs at the UIL competition and individuals perform at the Solo & Ensemble Competition. The choir does consistently well in all of its competitions. In 2012, all three choirs that attended the UIL competition received sweepstakes, the highest available award at the UIL competition. Several Individuals advanced to the State level at Solo & Ensemble as well.
The Lake Travis Speech and Debate Team participates in both the National Forensic League and the Texas Forensic Association (TFA). The team has won multiple UIL district and regional championships. The LTHS Speech & Debate Team also earned UIL State Championships in both Informative & Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking as well as the UIL State Speech Team Sweepstakes in 2011. Members frequently do well at TFA tournaments, placing 2nd at TFA State in 2011 in both Congressional Debate & Poetry Interpretation as well as 1st place in Impromptu Speaking in 2012. The team has also been successful in qualifying for national circuit tournaments such as the Tournament of Champions(TOC) and National Forensics League(NFL). Before 2000, the program was fledgling, some school officials had even discussed cutting the program altogether. Keith Swink was able to revive student interest and helped turn it into a local powerhouse. Swink left in 2005 to accept a position at the Texas Education Agency and was replaced in 2006 by Barbara Ixba who has ensured LT's continued growth and success with a team now of more than one hundred students.
Cavs in Service 
Cavs in Service is a Lake Travis HS program designed to encourage young people to volunteer in their community. Any Lake Travis High School student can participate. Volunteers have until graduation to complete the required 100 hours of service.
Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakeway-Lake Travis, the Lake Travis High School Interact Club has been in existence since 2002.
Projects Interactors have worked on have included car washes, coin drives, blanket drives for the homeless, food drives and sponsoring and helping plan and facilitate Relay For Life of Lake Travis (every year since 2002). The LTHS Interact Club has done project to benefit Safeplace, the SPCA, the Red Cross and Salvation Army (tsunami relief, hurricane relief and California wildfire relief), Heifer International, the American Cancer Society (Relay For Life), Rotary International (clean water and school projects in villages in India). Additional projects included a Frisbee tournament to raise money for shoes for orphans in a village in India as well as monthly visits to assisted living centers to facilitate games and activities.
In February, 2011 the LTHS Interact Club was presented with the Presidential Citation from Rotary International. The club was recognized for collecting close to 5,000 books to donate to an organization called Libraries of Love, which used the books to build a library in Africa. The club was also recognized for its raising funds to provide clean drinking water to children who were victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:
- Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
- Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
- Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
- Advancing international understanding and goodwill
Notable alumni 
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- Garrett Gilbert, current SMU and former Texas Longhorns football quarterback
- Chance Ruffin, current Seattle Mariners pitcher
- Reginald Stephey, convicted of manslaughter for drunk driving and responsible for Jacqueline Saburido's disfigurement
- Robert Turner, current Tennessee Titans offensive guard
- James Richard "Ricky" Thompson, Jr. - Perpetrator of the murder of John Goosey and Stacy Barnett (West Campus murders) - Did not graduate
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