Lakeville South High School

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Lakeville South High School
Established 2005
Type Public high school
Principal Scott Douglas
Faculty Bachelors Degree: 19%. Masters Degree: 81%.
Students approx. 1800
Grades 9-12
Location 21135 Jacquard Avenue,
Lakeville, Minnesota, USA
Colors Cardinal Red, Vegas Gold, Black
Mascot Cougar
Yearbook The Catamount
Newspaper The Current

Lakeville South High School (LSHS) is a high school located Lakeville, Minnesota, USA. To meet the needs of a growing population, in the early 2000s the district began construction of LSHS. LSHS enrolled students for the first time in fall 2005.[1]

The school is a member of Minnesota Independent School District 194 (Lakeville Area Public Schools), and is affiliated with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). The school is a member of the South Suburban Conference.

School facilities[edit]

Lakeville South High School was completed in 2005, designed by Wold Architects. It has a total of 370,000 square feet (34,000 m2) and an 1,800 student capacity.

The building is situated on a south-west, north-west axis on the 145-acre (0.59 km2) site. The entire layout of the building revolves around the “active commons”.. The classroom wing, auditorium, and athletic facilities are located off this space. The classroom wing houses all academic activities including industrial tech spaces. A noticeable design feature of the wing is the 690-foot (210 m) radius wall that encloses the space. The result is natural light in each classroom since each room is located along this wall. Labs are located on the inner portion of the wing. The Classrooms are connected to the commons space by “passive” commons spaces that include the locker bays, bathrooms, and meeting areas. The center of the classroom space is the administration offices (first floor), teacher offices (second floor), and the media center (third floor). All these spaces have windows facing into the “active” commons to allow natural light in. Above these spaces is the mechanical enclosure for the classroom wing and commons.

The “active” commons is a three story atrium space and is approximately 200 feet (61 m) in diameter. A mezzanine level connects classroom spaces to the auditorium and to the athletic facilities. It has a slight increase in elevation over its length to accommodate the higher level of the auditorium balcony. The entire space is completely surrounded in windows that allow natural light to flood the interior portions of the building. It has a “floating” acoustic ceiling over the dining space that follows the linoleum floor line. The rest of the space is carpeted.

The auditorium and performing arts area is located on the eastern portion of the commons. It includes spaces for music classes and a 1,000-seat auditorium. The auditorium has a symmetrical layout with balcony seating that wraps into the lower seating which makes it possible to go from the lower seating to the upper seating without leaving the auditorium. Brick accents and custom lighting give the space a dramatic feeling. The layout is very similar if not identical to that of Hastings High School. A scene shop is located directly behind the stage area.

Lakeville South has a comprehensive athletic facilities. Included in this portion of the school is a game gym with stadium seating and a walking track, a four court auxiliary gym, fitness center, wrestling room, dance studio with two walls of full length mirrors, full gymnastics gym/complex, concessions center, bathrooms, locker rooms for home and away teams, meeting rooms, and a lecture hall and storage spaces.

The building structure is mainly steel and masonry block, while poured walls are used at below-grade areas. The classroom wing is composed of pre-cast floors, and steel framed roofing covered in a masonry block and brick curtain wall. This type of construction is carried through to the athletic facilities. The commons space is supported by steel trusses and completely covered in glass curtain wall systems.


Lakeville South High School is ranked silver under the U.S. News rankings and is currently ranked 11th in the state of Minnesota for top high schools. Since its founding in 2005, Lakeville South High School has had 10 National Merit Scholar Semi Finalists and five students achieving a perfect 36 on the ACT. In 2011, the school's average ACT score was 24.2, compared to the 22.9 state score and the 21.9 national score. On average, 78.9% of Lakeville South's student pass their AP (Advanced Placement) exams in the spring.


The school competes under the Minnesota State High School League and is a member of the competitive South Suburban Conference. The school was in the Lake Conference until 2009-2010. Some notable interscholastic athletic successes include:

  • 2006 State Runner-up - football
  • 2006 Lake Conference Cheerleading Champions
  • 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals Mens Distance Medley 9th place-Track (state record time)
  • 2007 State Champions - Girls Soccer
  • 2008 State Champions - Girls Alpine Skiing
  • 2008 State Record in 200 Freestyle Relay - Girls Swimming
  • 2009 State Co-Champions - Girls Alpine Skiing
  • 2010 State Champions - Girls Alpine Skiing
  • 2012 State 3rd Place - Boys Hockey
  • 2012 State Champions - Girls Track and Field


  • Anime
  • Art Club
  • Bowling
  • Chess
  • Cougars Leading Cougars
  • Debate
  • DECA
  • Diversity Club
  • Downhill Ski and Snowboard
  • Drama
  • Environmental Club
  • French Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • HOSA
  • Intramural Sports
  • Junior Class Advisors
  • Math League
  • Mock Trail
  • National Honor Society
  • Olympic Weight Lifting
  • SADD
  • Science Olympiad
  • Senior Class Advisors
  • Spanish Club
  • Speech
  • Student Council
  • Synergy/Links
  • Theatre
  • Youth in Government

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Justin Kloos, Minnesota Mr. Hockey 2012, Minnesota Gophers hockey forward
  • Mitch Leidner, Minnesota Gophers quarterback

Coordinates: 44°38′36″N 93°16′16″W / 44.6432565°N 93.2711937°W / 44.6432565; -93.2711937[2]


  1. ^ Relerford, Patrice (2008-05-17). "No balancing act for Chaska, Chanhassen". Star Tribune (Chris Harte). p. 2. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lakeville South High School
  • "Home". Lakeville South High School. Lakeville Area Public School District. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-11.