Lebanon High School (Pennsylvania)

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Lebanon High School
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Live. Learn. Lebanon.
1000 S. 8th Street
Lebanon, PA, Lebanon County, 17042
United States
School type Public, Secondary
Established 1852 (current building - 1969, renovated - 2013)
School district Lebanon School District
Superintendent Marianne T. Bartley[1]
Principal William Giovino
Color(s) Royal Blue and Red
Mascot Cedars
Rival Cedar Crest High School
Feeder schools Lebanon Middle School
Information (717) 273-9391
Lebanon Cedars athletic logo

Lebanon Senior High School (LHS) houses grades nine through twelve for the Lebanon School District, and is located in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The current building, which also serves as district headquarters, opened to students for the 1969-70 school year. The school, with a unique architecture featuring three circular buildings, underwent extensive renovations completed in early 2013. The school's mascot is the cedar tree. In 2013, the cedar tree mascot, Rooty, was featured in a mini-series on HULU entitled Behind the Mask.

Internal description[edit]

Each of the school's three buildings includes a principal occupant (Library, Gymnasium, or Auditorium) which is used to identify the specific building. The "Library" building contains most of the school's classrooms and the library itself features a glass dome ceiling. In addition to the gym, the "Gymnasium" building includes the school's cafeteria. Since the renovations, the offices of the high school are located in the West in-fill and the district offices are found in the North in-fill. The renovations also resulted in the enclosure of the school's courtyard into a large atrium.

Graduation rate[edit]

2010 - 83% [2]
2009 - 79%
2008 - 80% [3]
2007 - 80% [4]
2006 - 77%, State 88% [5]

Academic achievement[edit]

The high school is in Making Progress: in Corrective Action II AYP status in 2010 due to chronic low academic achievement in reading and mathematics.[6] In 2009, the school was in Did not make AYP - Corrective Action II 2nd Year AYP status.

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
2010 - 49% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 67% of 11th graders on grade level.[7]
2009 - 44%, State - 65% [8]
2008 - 33%, State - 65%
2007 - 45%, State - 65%[9]
2006 - 43%, State - 65%
2005 - 39%, State - 65%

11th Grade Math:
2010 - 51% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[10]
2009 - 44%, State - 56% [11]
2008 - 33%, State - 56%
2007 - 40%, State - 53%
2006 - 36%, State - 52%
2005 - 42%, State - 51%

11th Grade Science:
2010 - 24% on grade level. State - 40% of 11th graders on grade level.
2009 - 17%, State - 40% [12]
2008 - 11%, State - 40%[13]

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 42% of Lebanon School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[14] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[15] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment[edit]

The high school offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. At LHS the courses are offered at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lebanon Valley College, and Harrisburg University of Science and TEchnology.[16] Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school, including the graduation ceremony. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist enrollees in costs for tuition, fees and books.[17] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[18]

For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $15,812 for the program.[19]

Graduation requirements[edit]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[20]

Beginning with the class of 2015, students must take the Keystone Exams in Literature and Algebra 1.[21]


Lebanon High School is known for its outstanding music programs. It has many performing groups including: Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Show Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Marching Band.

Dress code[edit]

As of January 2008, the school enforced a strict dress including the prohibition of jeans, profane language on clothing, and spiked jewelry. Though there were rumors of protest from several parents of students, who said they could not afford to buy clothing acceptable of the new dress code, no serious protest was taken. The dress code received generally positive reviews after being enforced. There was speculation that the dress code was enforced to improve the image LHS had compared to other schools.


Lebanon High School, like many other high schools, has had incidents take place involving bullying, harassment, and violence. There have been a few times in the past where law enforcement has had to come into the school and arrest students. However, despite perceptions associated with its status as a multi-ethnic urban district, the school has an excellent track record demonstrating cooperation, tolerance, and acceptance among students with a wide variety of ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds.

The Lebanon School District has struggled to meet the goals established by the state Department of Education through the federal government's No Child Left Behind law. However, in 2009-2010, the district met nearly all of its goals. and now carries an AYP status of "Making Progress: in Corrective Action II"

Notable Alumni[edit]

Kerry Collins - Former NFL Player (transferred out as sophomore 1987)

Sam Bowie - Former NBA Player (Class of 1979)

Todd Wike - Former NFL Player (Class of 1998)

Jared Odrick - NFL Player for the Miami Dolphins (Class of 2006)

External links[edit]

Lebanon Cedars logo


  1. ^ "Memo from the Superintendent". Lebanon School District. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Lebanon School District Report Card 2010 data tabe". January 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 25, 2009). "Lebanon County School Districts Graduation Rate 2008,". 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. "Pennsylvania High School Graduation Rates 2007". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lebanon School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2005 & 2006". Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Lebanon SHS School AYP Overview". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ The Times-Tribune (September 14, 2010). "Lebanon School District PSSA scores 2010, Grading Our Schools,". 
  8. ^ "Lebanon Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2008 & 2009". Retrieved January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of Education Mathematics and Reading PSSA results by School and Grade 2007". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ 2009 "PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ The Times-Tribune (September 14, 2010). "Lebanon School District PSSA scores 2009, Grading Our Schools,". 
  13. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of Education Science PSSA results by school and Grade 2008". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ "National Center for Education Statistics". 
  16. ^ "Dual Enrollment at LHS". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2010-2011 Pennsylvania Department of Education - Dual Enrollment Guidelines.". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement". Retrieved March 2010. 
  19. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of Education Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10.". August 2009. 
  20. ^ "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 2 January 2011. 
  21. ^ "Pennsylvania’s New Graduation Requirements". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 

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