Lehi High School
|Lehi High School|
|School district||Alpine School District|
|Faculty||70 (teachers only)|
|Enrollment||1661 (as of 2013)|
Lehi High School is a public high school in Lehi, Utah. The school mascot is the Pioneer and Pioneer Pete in honor of the city being founded in 1850 by a group of Mormon pioneers. The school has progressed from 3A to 5A in the last five years, due to recent growth in nearby Saratoga Springs, Lehi, and Eagle Mountain.
In the late 1800s, the students met in the attic of the old Central School, but as patrons demanded more structure and formality for their students in the secondary grades, Lehi High School was created in 1908. The mascot was originally the Wolverine and the school colors were blue and white. When a new grammar school was constructed, Central School became exclusively a high school.
In 1912, the colors were changed from blue and white to purple and white, but it was not until 1925 that the mascot was changed to the Pelicans, because newspaper reporters in Salt Lake City felt a wolverine was too violent to be a high school mascot. In 1934-35, the student body voted to change the mascot to a pioneer, an image symbolic of Lehi’s pioneer heritage.
In 1921, a new high school was constructed for $92,834 and was subsequently renovated to include an auditorium. Several additions came later including: a grandstand, auto mechanics shop, choral music/band room and office area. Students thrived as new and varied opportunities became available. Junior high and senior high students, together, attended the two story high school.
In the early 1950s, it became apparent that new high schools were needed to accommodate the growth in the area. Three high schools were planned for Alpine School District in Pleasant Grove, American Fork, and Lehi. All schools were similar in architecture. The three schools opened in the fall of 1959. Lehi High School has undergone several renovations since its initial opening to accommodate the increase in student population and to meet seismic requirements.
In 2009, the school was reduced to a 4A with the opening of Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs. In 2011, with growth in the Lehi area, the school again returned to 5A.
Lehi High School was ranked in the top-scoring 50 high schools in Utah, based on students' scores in Utah's Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT). The percentage of students who met proficiency standards were as follows: Language Arts 88.28%, Mathematics 67.99%, and Science 58.81%, all above average for the state. The Advanced Placement participation rate at Lehi High is 26% with a 67% passing rate. Lehi High School has a student to teacher ratio of 24:1.
As of 2012, Lehi High School had a total student enrollment of 1,660. 90% of those students were Caucasian, 6% Hispanic, 1% American Indian, 1% Pacific Islander, 1% Black, and 1% Asian. 53% of the student population were male, 47% female. 21% of students came from economically disadvantaged families.
- Van Wagoner, Richard S. (1994), "Lehi", in Powell, Allan Kent, Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917.
- LHS History - Information from the article “Lehi High School Celebrates 100 Years” by Donna Barnes
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- "Lehi High School Test Scores". US News and World Report. US News and World Report. May 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "Lehi High School Student Body". US News and World Report. US News and World Report. May 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-13.