Lewis and Clark High School
|Lewis and Clark High School|
Fides, Noscentia, Virtus
|521 W. 4th Ave.
|Type||Public High School|
|School district||Spokane Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Orange and Black|
|Athletics||WIAA Class 4A|
|Athletics conference||Greater Spokane League|
|Rivals||Ferris, North Central|
|Elevation||1,940 ft (590 m) AMSL|
South Central High School in 1909; destroyed by fire in 1910
Lewis and Clark High School is a four-year public secondary school in Spokane, Washington. Opened 103 years ago in 1912, it is located at 521 W. Fourth Ave. in downtown Spokane, bounded by I-90 to the north and Deaconess Medical Center to the west. It replaced South Central High School, destroyed by fire in 1910, and was named for the two leaders of the Corps of Discovery.
Central School, a two-story wooden building, was the first school located on the southwest block at Fourth and Stevens. A four-room school, it opened 132 years ago in October 1883. In 1890, citizens voted bonds to build a new high school and four elementary schools. The old Central school building was moved to the corner of Fifth and Bernard and became a private school. The new high school, first known as "Spokane High School," was constructed on the Fourth and Stevens site and opened in 1891. By 1906, the influx of immigrants and subsequent boom in Spokane's population created a need for a second high school. North Central High School was built and opened in 1908 to serve the students on the north side the river. Spokane High School became known as "South Central High School."
Fire destroyed South Central High School in 1910, shortly after sunrise on June 21. The spectacular blaze destroyed the interior of the school but left the remains of the exterior walls standing. In January 1911, citizens passed a bond issue of $500,000 to pay for replacement of the school. Students attended classes at North Central while work progressed on the new school. Problems in construction and strikes by workers delayed the opening until April 1912. Meanwhile, the Spokane Daily Chronicle encouraged readers to enter a contest to suggest names for the new high school. Richard Hargreaves, the principal of North Central, suggested the names of Lewis and Clark, using one name for each high school, North and South Central. The school board settled for naming the south side school Lewis and Clark.
As of October 2007, 49% of the population was male and 51% of the population was female. White students have the biggest ethnic representation at 80.4% with African American follow at 6.2%, Asian/Pacific Islander at 3.0%, Hispanic at 3.0%, Asian at 2.6%, American Indian/Alaskan Native at 2.2%,and Pacific Islander at 0.4%. As of October 2007, 26.2% of students received free or reduced-priced meals, 8.0% were a part of the special education program, and 2.8% in transitional bilingualism. The 2006-2007 school year saw a dropout rate of 5.0%, an on-time graduation rate of 80%, and extended graduation rate of 84.4%.
- Newsweek Magazine named Lewis and Clark High School one of the top 1500 US High Schools in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005. 
- Sports Illustrated named Lewis and Clark High School one of the Top 25 high school sports programs in the nation, it was 12th 2007-08. 
- Ed Bouchee - former MLB player (Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets)
- Ed Brandt - former MLB player (Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Erik Coleman - former National Football League player
- Neil Everett (Morfitt) - sportscaster for ESPN
- Julian Guthrie - journalist with the San Francisco Chronicle, author
- Briann January - WNBA basketball player with Indiana Fever
- Carolyn Kizer - poet and Pulitzer Prize winner in 1985; studied with Joseph Campbell
- Dan Lynch - former All-American college football player
- Patrice Munsel - former opera singer and star with Metropolitan Opera
- Joanne Nail - former film and television actress, best known for her role in the 1975 action and exploitation film Switchblade Sisters
- Craig T. Nelson - actor, Coach (1989-1997) as Hayden Fox; most recently starred on Parenthood as Zeek Breverman (2010-2015).
- Scott O'Grady - former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, famous for the Mrkonjić Grad incident in 1995.
- Matt Piedmont - Emmy-winning writer, producer, director, and former Saturday Night Live staff writer
- Katelan Redmon - WNBA basketball player with New York Liberty; niece of current LC boys' basketball coach Jim Redmon.
- Dario Romero - former CFL player
- Irwin Rose - Nobel Prize winner in chemistry in 2004.
- Tom Sneva - former race car driver, Indianapolis 500 winner in 1983.
- Eva Silverstein - physicist 
- Jack Spring - former MLB player (Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians)
- Jon Snyder - member of Spokane City Council and founder of Out There Monthly Magazine.
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- "Just One High School". Spokane Daily Chronicle. June 22, 1910. p. 1.
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- "Spokane's shining star". Spokesman-Review. November 5, 1983. p. 14.
- Harris, Bonnie (July 1, 1995). "Fans besiege flier". Spokesman-Review. p. A1.
- Ashton, Linda (July 1, 1995). "Spokane welcomes Scott O'Grady". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. p. 4B.
- "Katelan Redmon plays key role for Tigers". News.Google.com. 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
- Vestal, Shawn (October 16, 2005). "Nobel winner got start in stacks". Spokesman-Review. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
- Weaver, Dan (October 2, 1983). "Local boy makes good". Spokesman-Review. p. D1.
- Vorpahl, Beverly (July 7, 1988). "People". Spokesman-Review. p. S7.
- "Spokane grad gets genius grant". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. October 7, 1999. p. 3D.
- "Going for it". Spokane Chronicle. photo. July 3, 1982. p. 1.