Lancaster High School (Lancaster, Texas)
|Lancaster High School|
Thinking Beyond Exemplary!
|200 East Wintergreen Road
Lancaster, Texas, 75134
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Lancaster Independent School District|
|Enrollment||1,650 (as of 2012-2013)|
|Campus size||421,000 sq. ft.|
|Color(s)||Orange, Grey and Black|
|Feeder schools||Lancaster Elsie Robertson Middle School|
A fully comprehensive public education established in Lancaster in 1905 with the formation of the Lancaster Independent School District. The William L. White School opened that same year, serving students in grades 1-12.
As the district grew, a new high school located on Centre Avenue (site of the LISD current administration building) opened in 1923. Lancaster High School was accepted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1929, becoming the first such in Dallas County to receive that designation.
The high school moved to another location, 822 West Pleasant Run Road, in 1965. The name of Lancaster High School was changed to Lancaster Elsie Robertson High School in 1980 to honor Elsie Robertson, a teacher who served Lancaster students for 47 years.
Spurred by rapid population in both the city and school district, Lancaster voters approved a $110 million bond package in February 2004 - $65.3 million of which was dedicated to the construction of a new high school complex with athletic facilities, a stadium, and an auditorium.
The site chosen for the complex was a plot of land located immediately north of the 170 acre Lancaster Community Park. Construction commenced in August 2004 and was completed in July 2006. The new Lancaster High School campus opened on August 21, 2006 at the start of the 2006-2007 school year. The old high school site at 822 West Pleasant Run Road now serves as the district's middle school. Athletics: Lancaster competes in 4A Track- Lady Tigers hold a good track record winning UIL 2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2012,2013 10x UIL State Champions Lancaster boys winning there 5th straight UIL Track Title in 2012. The school is known for rallying cry is "WEBO". Football- 4A/D2 UIL State Championship Runner Up on December 21,2012 Tigers football team faced Cedar Park in the state championship game losing 7-17 due to 10 unanswered points in the 4th Quarter. With both teams finishing the season 14-2. Basketball- Runner Up the Lancaster Boys Basketball loss to Houston Yates 92-73 in the 4-A UIL State Championship game in 2010 finishing the season 36-3. Fine Arts- In 1986, the marching band earned 2nd place in prelims of the UIL state marching band contest.
Lancaster High School's officially-adopted mission is as follows:
- The mission of Lancaster High School, in partnership with the student body, parents and the community, is to prepare all students with the proper knowledge and skills needed to become productive and responsible citizens in today's technologically advanced, global, and diverse society.
- The mission will be accomplished by providing a rigorous academic curriculum for students in a safe and orderly environment, which will empower and prepare them for success.
As of the 2012-2013 school year, there were a total of 1,650 students enrolled at Lancaster High School. The ethnic composition of the school was students). 61.5% of the Lancaster High School student body was considered Economically Disadvantaged with 60.0% classified as "At-Risk." A small percentage of students (1.5%) were Limited English Proficient, while an even smaller percentage (0.8%) had disciplinary placements during the previous school year.
Student enrollment in the following specialty programs was as follows in 2007-2008: Bilingual/ESL Education (1.4%), Career & Technology Education (75.4%), Gifted & Talented Education (4.3%), and Special Education (9.7%).
A total of 301 students graduated from Lancaster High School in 2007. Of those, 287 (95.3%) graduated on either the Recommended High School Plan or the Distinguished Achievement Plan. The remaining 14 students (4.7%) completed the Minimum Graduation Plan.
In 2009, the state classified 22% of Lancaster High's graduates as "college ready," or ready to undergo university studies. The State of Texas defined "college readiness" by scores on the ACT and SAT and in the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests. During that year, 86% of its 12th grade students graduated. LISD officials said that the are taking steps to increase the rate of college readiness. Holly K. Hacker of The Dallas Morning News said that Lancaster High may have been affected by institutional issues in LISD.
High schoolers may wear:
- White, Orange, and Black solid polo shirts and turtlenecks
- White, Orange, Gray, and Black solid vests, and sweatshirts
- Solid color jackets and windbreakers
- White Oxford shirts
- Khaki, Black, Navy blue, and Orange slacks (Capris are not allowed)
- Khaki, Black, Navy blue, Orange, and White shorts and skirts (Skorts are not allowed)
- Eddie Moten (class of 2000): Arena Football League cornerback
- Thomas Hill (basketball) (class of 1988):guard at Duke University
- Lamont Hill (class of 1990):guard at University of Texas at Austin
- Justin Isham (class of 2001):forward at Southern Methodist University
- Larry Dibbles (class of 2000): Defensive Tackle at University of Texas at Austin
- Demontre Hurst (class of 2009): rookie cornerback for Chicago Bears
- "Totals by Campus for Campus: 057913001 (LANCASTER HS)". 2007-2008 Student Enrollment Reports. Texas Education Agency, Information Analysis Division. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- "Gallagher Construction Services Gallery". Lancaster High School. Gallagher Construction Services. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- History of LISD – Lancaster Independent School District.
- "LISD Bond Information". Office of Public Relations, Lancaster Independent School District. Archived from the original on 2005-03-09. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- "Lancaster Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan: Existing Parks". Chapter 3 - Existing Parks Inventory. Planning Division, City of Lancaster, Texas. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- "April 2005 Bond Update". Office of Public Relations, Lancaster Independent School District. Archived from the original on 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- "About Us". Lancaster High School. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
- "2007-08 AEIS Campus Reports: LANCASTER HS". Academic Excellence Indicator System. Texas Education Agency, Department of Performance Reporting. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
- Hacker, Holly K. "Analysis shows true Texas high school performance, stripping away socioeconomic factors." The Dallas Morning News. September 3, 2011. Retrieved on February 10, 2012.