Lewisville High School
|Lewisville High School|
|Type||Comprehensive Public High School|
|School district||Lewisville Independent School District|
|Color(s)||Maroon and White|
|Athletics conference||University Interscholastic League|
|Mascot||"Big John" our Fighting Farmer|
|Team Name||The Fighting Farmers|
Lewisville High School is a public high school in Lewisville, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The oldest of five high schools in the Lewisville Independent School District, it was opened in 1897, making it the only school in the district to have celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The school's colors are maroon and white and its mascot is "Big John", the Fighting Farmer (a reference to Lewisville's early days as a rural community).
Lewisville High School was originally located on Purnell Street in downtown Lewisville. LHS moved to its current location at Main Street and Valley Parkway in 1968. At that time, the school was located in farmland at the edge of Lewisville. LHS had several additions since then due to the city of Lewisville's large growth. In the 2012-2013 school year, Lewisville High School officially opened its new building immediately adjacent to the old building originally built in 1968 yet still on the same campus. The following school year, a new auditorium opened. The old building's demolition started the exactly the last day of the 2011-2012 school year. The old campus was cleared for the use of additional parking.
Lewisville High School currently consists of three different campuses. Killough Lewisville High School North, "North Campus" and Harmon Lewisville High School South serve ninth and tenth graders. The LHS "Main Campus" primarily serves eleventh and twelfth graders. For extracurricular activities students are shuttled from the Killough and Harmon campuses to the Main campus. Together, their 2014 enrollment was 3,980 students, making LHS the largest high school in the district.
Lewisville Independent School District
Lewisville High School has several feeder schools.
- The four feeder middle schools are:
- The eleven feeder elementary schools are:
- College Street
- Valley Ridge
- Vickery (partial)
Aside from standard Math, English, Science, and Social Studies classes, LHS offers many Advanced Placement courses. Many electives are offered, including, but not limited to, Foreign Languages, Band, Choir, Athletics, Art, Orchestra, NJROTC, Debate, Theatre Arts, and Academic Decathlon. Additional technology and career elective classes are offered at the Dale Jackson Career Center.
Extra curricular activities
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The Lewisville NJROTC Unit is distinguished by the U.S. Navy as one of the elite units in the country. It was started in May 1993 under Senior Naval Instructor CDR Culwell and Naval Science Instructor GySgt Clevenger. As of today CDR Stuart is now the SNSI, and Chief Kenneth Wright is the NSI. Apart from the classroom Naval Science, Aviation, Leadership, and Life Skills curriculum, there are many teams that all Cadets can participate within the program. The SeaKnights Armed Drill Team, SeaHawks Unarmed Drill Team, SeaDevils Physical Fitness Team, SeaDogs Academics Team, SeaStallions Marksmanship Team, SeaRays Orienteering, and Male/Female/Mixed Color Guards. These teams of distinguished Cadets in the Unit compete at competitions across Texas throughout the year. This Unit has attended the NJROTC Area 10 State Championships at Texas A&M University almost every year since its establishment. The Cadets are very involved in servicing the school and the community which well represents the NJROTC mission statement, "To develop informed and responsible leaders, who understand the responsibilities of citizenship in America and the Navy's role in national defense."
- Awarded Honor Unit 1995-1999
- Navy Nationals Participant 1996-1999, 2001
- Area 8 Gilliam award winner 1998
- Qualified for State Championships from 1993–2015
- Distinguished Navy Unit 2000-2004, 2006–2010
Lewisville High School's Student Council has won the State Sweepstakes for many years and continues to be the leader in community and school service.[editorializing] The Student Council contributes to the community of Lewisville through many activities that total about 100 hours per school year. Membership runs between 400-500 students per year with around 100 of those participating in the Student Leadership Course. Students mentor at local elementary schools and help with school activities daily. This council is responsible for starting the "President's Club" in Texas. All students are invited to be a part and only the officers are elected. The council is the student governing board of Lewisville High School.
The LHS Band has been under the direction of Dr. Marty Courtney since 2000. Assistant directors are David Kraft, Chris Agwu, and Quiyan Murphy. The "Band That Marches With Pride" advanced to the UIL Texas State Marching Band Competition in the Fall of 2002. Lewisville's marching band has earned a "1" (the best score possible) at the UIL Region Contest every year since 2000. Of all bands competing at UIL Region Contests approximately 70% earn the 1's on all measures, so the Lewisville Marching Band scores are typical. In competitions the marching band sticks to an old-school military marching style, concentrating on marching in lines and blocks, with spartan use of thematic elements, in contrast to the more flamboyant and elaborately-designed shows of other marching bands. Consequently, the band has not won a competition in recent memory. Despite the full band's disappointing performance in competition the Drum Line, under Murphy's direction, has excelled in specialized percussion competitions.
Lewisville's football rivalry with Marcus High School is extended to the Band as well, though in a lighter way. Lewisville and Marcus traditionally compete against - but root for - each other at competitions.
Although the marching bands are not closely competitive, the concert bands have been very competitive, specifically at the All-Region, All-Area, and All-State competitions. They are individual competitions where a student performs three etudes and, depending on how the judges scores them, the student might advance to the next stage. Lewisville consistently has several students make All-Region, and in 2008 had over twenty qualify. LHS also had five students advance to the All-State level. Texas's music program is considered to be the best out of any state, so sending five students to State is an accomplishment.
In Spring of 2008, the LHS Wind Symphony (the school's top concert band) was selected to participate in the 2009 Music For All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. Only 18 bands nationwide were selected to the convention, which is considered one of the nation's most prestigious festivals.
The LHS Orchestra program is designed to develop and advance orchestral string studies at the Lewisville Independent School District's first and oldest high school, and its two 9th-10th Grade Extension Campuses (Killough LHS North and Harmon LHS South). The program is under the direction of Kevin Sluder, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. Sluder is also a past director of Huffines Middle School in the 2011-2012 school year. In addition to performing concerts during the school year, the LHS Orchestra also participates in orchestra competitions.
The LHS Orchestra is currently divided into three groups: Honors (Varsity), Chamber and Sinfonia. The 2007-08 Varsity Orchestra distinguished itself in March 2008, 2012, and 2013 by taking top honors, known as "Sweepstakes", at the Texas Region 24 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competition. Additionally, five of its students qualified for competition in the Texas State UIL Solo and Ensemble competition, held in May 2008. 6 students also qualified for the 2013 competition.
Lewisville High School's theater program has taken both plays and musicals to perform on the Main Stage at the Texas State Thespian Festival. Several students have also qualified to represent Texas at the International Thespian Festival in individual categories.
In 2005 Lewisville took the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" to the Texas Thespian Festival Main Stage, and the same year qualified to present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln Nebraska.
Recent notable students who have represented the high school at ITS Festival include Stephanie Umoh and John Paul Lewis (who both served on the Texas Student State Board), Daniel Reyes who qualified as both state and national champion in solo pantomime, and Michelle Lory, who qualified as a state champion in the category of duet musical with John Paul Lewis. Stephanie Umoh, who graduated from The Boston Conservatory in 2008, is now starring as Sarah in Ragtime on Broadway. While these individuals have recently brought accolades to the school, Lewisville holds a long tradition of excellence in theatre made possible by generations of students and teachers.
Lewisville High School athletic teams compete in District 5 of Region I in the University Interscholastic League's 5-A division. Its main athletic rivals are the Marcus High School Marauders (Marcus was the second high school in the district, opening in 1981) and the Flower Mound High School Jaguars; both are located in Flower Mound, Texas. One LHS athlete, Track and Field sprinter Earvin Parker, has been named to the National High School Athlete of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association. In 2003, Parker ran the fastest 100 meter race and second-fastest 200 meter race in the United States. He was also named to USA Today's All-USA boys track and field team.
The school's football team were state finalists in 1972, state semifinalists in 1979, and won state championships in 1993 and 1996 (at which time the team was featured on the "Team Cheerios" cereal box), . The 1996 Farmer football team set the championship game record for most yards gained on the ground (547, the team did not attempt a single pass during the game), while the combined score of 92 in the game set a new record for most points in an 11-man title game. An earlier team achieved notability for a different reason in 1946, when members of the Fighting Farmer football team chased a bank robber until he was exhausted, allowing for his capture by an unarmed gas station attendant.
On June 1, 2013, the Lewisville High School girl's softball team won the University Interscholastic League 5-A state championship by defeating Kingwood High School by a score of 3–2. The team finished fourth in the district's standings at the end of the regular season, prompting many analysts to label the team as an "underdog" throughout the tournament. Prior to the final state tournament in Austin, WFAA journalist Ted Madden wrote "if any team looks like it doesn't belong in Austin, it's this 13-loss team from Lewisville."
- Walt Garrison, 1962, Dallas Cowboys running back (1966–1974)
- Jaret Reddick, 1994, lead singer of Bowling for Soup
- Roland Fryer, 1995, economist at Harvard University
- Dan Ortmeier, 1999, San Francisco Giants player (2005-)
- Cher Tenbush, 2000, actress, host, reality TV participant and model
- Cody Linley, 2007, TV and film actor
- City of Lewisville, Lewisville History Timeline Accessed 2007-02-07
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- "All-USA boys team". USA Today. 2005-05-20. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
- "Texans and Sports". Texas Best Online. Archived from the original on 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
- Southwell, Steve (2013-06-01). "Lady Farmers Win State 5A Softball Championship". The Lewisville Texan Journal. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- Wixon, Matt (2013-06-01). "Underdog Lewisville, Fourth in its District, Knocks off Kingwood, 3–2, for 5A Softball Crown". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- Madden, Ted (2013-05-30). "Lewisville Girls are Unlikely Entry in State Softball Tourney". WFAA.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- The Lewisville High School Official Site
- The Lewisville High School NJROTC
- The Lewisville High School Band
- The Lewisville High School Orchestra
- The Lewisville High School Theater Department
- The Lewisville High School Football Team