Lakewood High School (Colorado)
|Lakewood High School|
|9700 West Eighth Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado
|Type||Public secondary school|
|Established||1928 at 7655 West 10th Avenue, moved in the summer of 1958|
|School district||Jefferson County Public Schools|
|Color(s)||orange and black|
|Mascot||Growly the Tiger|
Lakewood High School is a public secondary school located in Lakewood, Colorado and is part of the Jefferson County School District. Lakewood was ranked as the 111th best school in the nation by Newsweek in 2006 and more recently as the 108th best school in 2008, which makes it the highest ranked high school in the U.S. state of Colorado. Lakewood is an International Baccalaureate World School.
New Building 
As a result of a bond issue on the 2004 ballot, Lakewood has received over 35 million USD to construct a new school building. Construction began in January 2006, and continued until the summer of 2007. The new building had its official opening over the summer of 2007, with students sometimes assisting teachers' move into the new building post term-end. The new building was open for use by the student body and faculty starting at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year. The new building features a large atrium.
Lakewood has been featured twice in 5280 Magazine, once in the August 2007 issue and again in the September 2008 issue. In August 2007, Lakewood tied Regis High School for 9th place in the category: "Denver's Best High Schools". It was also again featured in September 2008.
Theatre Department 
The Lakewood High School Theatre Department (founded 2005) produces two plays and an improv show each fall, with a spring musical and one act performances the following semester. Past productions include Kiss Me Kate, The Laramie Project, Neil Simon's Rumors, Chicago, Amadeus, and Noises Off. In the 2012-2013 school year, the theater department is set to perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Moon over Buffalo, and Les Mis. The department is recognized for it's diverse repertoire and superb acting.
Music Programs 
Instrumental Music 
The Lakewood High School instrumental music program includes the Bengal Regiment (marching band), symphonic and concert bands as well as a wind ensemble, chamber, symphonic, and concert orchestras, winter percussion ensemble, winter guard, and at least one jazz ensemble. Students may also audition for pit orchestra in support of the school’s drama program. Starting in the 2011 to 2012 school year, Lakewood will have a new chamber orchestra, and a new wind ensemble band.
The Bengal Regiment has ranked within the top ten bands in Colorado class 5A competition since entering that division in 2005, including a fifth place showing in 2008. In January 2006 the orchestra was invited to perform at the Colorado Music Educators’ Association (CMEA) annual conference, and again in 2011, with the symphonic orchestra. The school's wind ensemble was selected to play at CMEA in January 2013.
The Winter Percussion Ensemble competes in the RMPA circuit in the Percussion Scholastic Open class.
In November 2011, Barrage came to play with the orchestra for 2 days.
Choral Department 
In addition to the Lakewood instrumental program, Lakewood High School has a total of five choirs (three auditioned, two unauditioned). The two unauditioned choirs are the Y-Chromophones, a men's ensemble, and Women's Voices, a women's ensemble. The three auditioned choirs, Eclipse, (Not to be confused with the Lakewood-based rock band of the same name, featuring Darrell Zimbelman, John Stuerke, Larry Nagode, and Jeff Record, from 1980-1982) an a'capella jazz ensemble group consisting of 12 voices, Encore, a mixed ensemble group, and Kaleidoscope, a female ensemble group, have been recognized as "The Top Choirs in Colorado". In January 2010, Encore had the honor of attending the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA)convention. Encore also attended a statewide choral competition in Grand Junction, CO in April 2010, taking 1st place in the mixed choir category. In previous years, Kaleidoscope has also attended the CMEA conference, most recently in 2011. The Lakewood Choral department has shown significant growth over the last few years, despite budget cuts.
In the fall of 2006, Lakewood's football team reached the quarterfinals, and the 2007 girls golf team won the Jefferson County League. The 2008 Girls' Golf team defended their Jefferson County League Title, as well as won the Metro-West Region.
The girls basketball team was League Champions and advanced to the State finals in the 2007-2008 season. Other recent titles include admirable standings for the softball and girls cross-country teams, which reached the State Championships in 2006. The softball team won 2 consecutive 4A state championships in 1997 and 1998. Also, the Lakewood Boys Soccer Team placed second in Jeffco 5A to Chatfield in the Fall of 2007. They went 7-2-1 in their Conference and 9-4-4 overall. Previous records for the boys soccer team include:
2005-2006: Conference: 6-11-3 Overall: 10-17-3 8th in conference out of 11
2006-2007 Conference: 5-4-1 Overall: 7-4-2 7th in conference out of 11 Lakewood has produced a number Professional Football players: Joe Romig, Mike Tracey, Mike Schnitker and Scott Piper 2007-2008 Conference: 7-2-1 Overall: 9-4-4 2nd in conference out of 11
In 2009, the Lakewood Freshman Football Team went 10-0 and crushed Columbine, a team that went in as a 10-0 favorite, 56-19.
Also in 2009, the Boys Swim and Dive Team won first place at League, making them the first League Champion team in the history of LHS. They also won league in 2010 and 2011.
In the 2010 Fall season, the Lakewood Boy's tennis team won second place in League, with Scott Strachan as 1 singles and Ze-Hong Ong as 2 singles winning first team all conference. They also won second place at regionals and 1 singles, 2 singles, 3 singles, 2 doubles, and 4 doubles all went to the CHSAA 5A State Tennis Tournament.
In the 2011 fall season, the #10 ranked Lakewood Varsity football team went to the 2011 CHSAA 5A State Championship to face #1 ranked Columbine High School after beating #2 ranked Grand Junction High School in the quarter-final and #3 ranked Pomona High School in the semi-final. This will be the first time that Lakewood has been in the state championship since 1985, when they beat Cherry Creek High School 47-8.
In 2011 winter season, the Girls Swim and Dive Team won second place in League.
Lip Dub 
In the 2011-2012 school year, Lakewood High School put on a lip dub featuring the entire school faculty and students using the Katy Perry song "firework", led by the video production teacher Adam Ronscavage, and student Josh Torrison. After a week of filming, the video was released, garnering over 75,000 views as of October, 2011.
The lip Dub is also ***almost*** featured in Katy Perry's 3D movie "Part of Me" (2012). *** it was not featured in the film as it didn't make the final edit. However, a contract was signed with Paramount Pictures prior to the film's release.