Lakeland Senior High School (Florida)

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Lakeland Senior High School
726 Hollingsworth Road
Lakeland, Florida, 33801
United States
Type Public
Motto nulli secundus
(second to none)
Established 1927
Principal Tracy Collins
Faculty 125 [1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,033
Color(s) Orange and Black          
Nickname Dreadnaughts

Lakeland Senior High School is the oldest public high school in Lakeland, Florida, United States. Lakeland Senior High School belongs to the Polk County School Board and is a member of Polk District Schools. Lakeland High School was the original high school in the city. It also shares its campus with The Lois Cowles Harrison School For The Arts. Harrison students attend academic classes at Lakeland Senior High School. In 2001 Lakeland Senior High underwent a massive renovation. The school's athletics teams are known as the Lakeland Dreadnaughts.



Lakeland's football team has won 5 state championships in 1986, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2006 under the tenure of coach Bill Castle who has led the program since 1976. [2]

State Championships

1986, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006


Lakeland Senior High School's mascot is the Dreadnaught. Named after the World War I-era British battleship HMS Dreadnought, the name was brought to LHS in the 1920s by a Scottish schoolmaster.


The Lakeland Senior High School Band is in its 84th year in 2008. In 1987, the wind ensemble earned the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Flag of Honor. In 1994, the symphony band also received this award. This makes Lakeland High the first school to receive the award twice. In 2006, the band was awarded the Otto J. Kraushaar Award, presented by the Florida Bandmasters Association in recognition for receiving straight superiors yearlong in district marching, district concert, and state concert festivals.

Notable alumni[edit]

Old Lakeland High School[edit]

See main article: Old Lakeland High School

The Old Lakeland High School is located at 400 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland and in 1993 was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years the building has housed several different schools including the Polk Opportunity Center and Lakeland Middle Academy renamed the Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in 1999.


  1. ^ "The Faculty of LHS: Faculty and Staff". Retrieved 2007-03-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ "FHSAA Championship Record Books". Florida High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Chris Sale Stats". Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rod Smart". Retrieved November 26, 2012. 

Lakeland Senior High School, School Improvement Plan, approved by Polk County School Board 18 November 2008

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