Lexington High School (Massachusetts)
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|Lexington High School|
|251 Waltham St.
Lexington, MA 02421
|School district||Lexington Public Schools|
|NCES District ID||2506840|
|NCES School ID||250684001001|
|Asst. Principal||Adam Goldberg|
|Houses||Arts & Humanities, Science, World Language, Math|
|Color(s)||Blue & Gold|
|Accreditation||New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Massachusetts State Department of Education
|Average SAT scores||622 verbal
627 writing (2010)
|Feeder schools||Jonas Clarke Middle School
William Diamond Middle School
Lexington High School is a public 9-12 high school located in Lexington, Massachusetts, United States. The school's mascot is the Minuteman. Students attending Lexington High School generally attended one of the town's two 6th-8th grade middle schools, Jonas Clarke Middle School and William Diamond Middle School. In turn, Clarke is fed by three of the town's six elementary schools: Bowman, Bridge, and Harrington; while Diamond is fed by the other three: Estabrook, Fiske, and Hastings.
In 2013, Boston Magazine ranked Lexington as the 2nd best high school in the Greater Boston area. Out of 50 high schools, Lexington had the highest SAT average, 1903 out of 2400. In the 2013 graduating class of 478 students, the mean Critical Reading score was 625; the mean Mathematics score was 656; the mean Writing score was 622.
Lexington's colors are blue and gold, and its teams are nicknamed the Minutemen, in honor of the colonial-era militiamen.
- 1 Campus
- 2 Senate
- 3 Student body
- 4 Curriculum and class schedule
- 5 Academic competition
- 6 School sports
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Other details
- 9 Notes and references
- 10 External links
Lexington High School's facilities are divided into four buildings.
The Arts and Humanities House, contains the bulk of the following departments: English, Social Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, and Physical Education. It also has the Donald J. Gillespie, Jr. Auditorium, the Ralph Lord Gymnasium, and a fieldhouse. Commons I and Commons II are used as cafeterias and meeting places. The library and the main administration office are also in this building. Thus, the Arts and Humanities building is informally and frequently called the "main" building by many students. The gym, locker rooms, etc. are numbered in the 900s. Other rooms in the Arts and Humanities building are numbered by floor, 100s for the first floor and 200s for the second floor.
The Science House contains the Science department. The building contains the "Science Lecture Hall" (SLH), which has many purposes, and is used for, among other things, math competitions and detentions. Because of the detentions, the chairs and tables are known to have been scarred by delinquent etchings and markings. Rooms are numbered by floor, 300s for the first floor and 400s for the second floor.
The World Language House contains the World Language and the Health Education departments, and rooms are numbered by floor, 500s for the first floor and 600s for the second floor.
The Math House contains the Math department, as well as the LABBB program, and rooms are numbered by floor, 700s for the first floor and 800s for the second floor.
The "Quad" is an outdoor common area. It is bounded by the Main building (on two sides), the Science building, and a covered walkway between the Science building and the Foreign Language building.
In the 1980s, there was a movement to give students a bigger voice within the school. Soon enough a new school constitution was ratified, creating a new school Student/Faculty Senate. The Senate allots to the teachers and the students the power to make decisions about the implementation of policies within the school.
The philosophy behind the creation of the Senate (as quoted from the senate constitution) is as follows:
All members of the school community should have a meaningful voice in determining the policies of the school, in promoting a positive school climate, and in shaping the future of the school. It is essential that each member be kept informed through effective communications and have the power to influence decisions made at Lexington High School. For this purpose the Lexington High School Senate is established.
The Senate is not without its checks and balances, though. The school principal has veto power over the decisions of the Senate, but the Senate can choose to override the principal's veto with a three-fourths supermajority vote.
The Senate is made up of two elected groups, namely, staff representatives and student representatives. The faculty representatives are chosen at large, one representative for every ten high school staff, with the stipulation that at least one representative is elected from each of the various departments. Student representatives are elected one representative for every 50 members of the student body. The number of student representatives is determined annually based on current enrollment in grades 8-11, and then divided among the classes per the school constitution. Student representatives allotted to a class are elected by that class at large.
Up to five seats are open for students to represent under-represented groups.[which?] Said groups must petition the Senate for such representation.
The 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Legislation makes institutions like the LHS Senate an advisory body only, but LHS Principals since 1993 have continued to work with Senate members to reach compromise legislation so the voice of the LHS Senate will still shape school policy.
In the 2011-2012 school year, Lexington High School had 1,991 students enrolled. 538 students were in 9th grade, 477 were in 10th grade, 470 were in 11th grade, and 506 were in 12th grade. The student body is 58.8% White, 29.2% Asian, 4.7% African American, 3.9% Hispanic, 3.3% multiracial, 0.2% Native American, and 0.1% Pacific Islander.
Curriculum and class schedule
Lexington High School offers a wide variety of courses for its students.
Classes begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. Lexington High School operates on a block schedule containing 32 blocks per week, with classes between 45 and 55 minutes long. The blocks are organized in eight groups of four, assigned letter designations from A to H. The first A block of the week is denoted A1; the second, A2; etc. Meetings of the school senate take place during first block (denoted as X block) on Wednesdays; classes do not begin on Wednesday until 8:35. Z block is the 35-minute period between 2:25 pm and 3:00 pm; clubs and athletics are not allowed to begin mandatory meetings during this time to allow students the opportunity to meet with teachers. Among other times, students are also generally able to meet with teachers during X block. Students are required to attend homeroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays for announcements.
Credits at Lexington High School are usually awarded 1/4 credit per block-per-week per quarter. That is, a full-year, four block-per-week course will usually earn four credits. A half-year, 4 block-per-week course will usually earn two credits. A quarter-long, two block-per-week course (such as a gym course) will usually earn 1/2 credit. Hypothetically, a full-year class that meets only once a week will earn one credit. Most English, math, social studies and foreign language classes are worth four credits, as classes in these departments usually meet during one of these groups of blocks. Science classes are generally worth five credits, while the AP-level classes in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, are worth six credits, as they meet for six blocks a week, including a double lab block.
As there are 32 blocks per week, the maximum number of credits most students take is 32. There are some exceptions. For example, some (if not all) of the jazz ensembles meet after school, and they are worth four credits. Students taking this can achieve 36 credits. Students may also obtain transfer credit by taking classes at an approved location (such as the Harvard Extension School). Usually, partial credit will not be given for completing part of a class.
Lexington High School requires that all seniors maintain a schedule of at least 26 credits. Sophomores, and juniors are required a schedule of at least 27 credits. Freshmen are required a schedule of at least 28 credits (and it is recommended that freshmen take no more than 30 credits).
If a student does not have a class during a particular block, then that student is assigned a study hall, unless the student is a junior or a senior. These students have open campus privileges.
In order to graduate, students who attend LHS for all four high school years must complete the following:
- 104 total credits, including the subject requirements listed below
- 40 hours of community service
- Pass the MCAS exams in ELA (English and Language Arts) and Mathematics (This is a requirement of all Massachusetts schools.)
In the previous curriculum, core mathematics classes include each of the following:
- Integrated Math, a two-year sequence designed for students with difficulties in mathematical abstraction
- Algebra 1 or 1B, which is usually completed in the eighth grade curriculum
- Algebra 2 (Honors, Level 1, or Level 2), generally taken by freshmen
- Geometry (Honors, Level 1, or Level 2), generally taken by sophomores
- Advanced Mathematics (Honors, Level 1, or "Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry"), generally taken by juniors and covering pre-calculus topics
- Calculus (AP BC, AP AB, or Level 1), generally taken by seniors
- Statistics (AP or Level 1), generally taken by seniors in lieu of, in conjunction with, or after completion of, a calculus course
The new curriculum, which began in the 2012-2013 school year with the Class of 2016, integrates various parts of the curriculum with the intention of retaining and building on the previous year's content. The senior classes for the new curriculum will not be phased in until the 2015-2016 school year.In the new mathematics curriculum that began in the 2012-2013 school year, core mathematics classes include each of the following:
- Math 1: Algebra/Geometry/Statistics (Level 2), which is usually completed in the eighth grade curriculum.
- Math 1B/2A: Algebra/Geometry/Statistics (Level 1), generally taken by freshmen who take Math 1A in eighth grade or took Math 1 in eighth grade and did not meet the Math 2 prerequisite.
- Math 2: Algebra 2/Geometry/Statistics (Honors, Level or Level 2). The Honors and Level 1 courses are generally taken by freshmen while the Level 2 class is generally taken by sophomores who took Math 1 their freshman year.
- Math 2B/3A: Algebra 2/Geometry/Statistics (Level 1), generally taken by sophomores who took Math 1B/2A freshmen year or took Math 2 (Level 1) and did not meet the prerequisite for Math 3.
- Math 3: Algebra 2/Geometry/Statistics (Honors, Level 1 or Level 2). The Honors and Level 1 courses are generally taken by sophomores who took Math 2 (Honors or Level 1) their freshman year, while the Level 2 course is general taken by juniors who took Math 2 (Level 2) their sophomore year.
- Math 3B/4A: Algebra 2/Geometry/Precalculus (Level 1), generally taken by juniors who took Math 2B/3A their sophomore year or took Math 3 (Level 1) and did not meet the prerequisite for Math 4.
- Math 4: Precaluclus (Honors or Level 1), taken by juniors who took Math 3 (Honors or Level 1) their sophomore year.
Lexington High School offers several computer courses which also receive mathematics credit:
- Level 1 Introduction to Programming I and II, both of which are 2 credit semester-long Level 1 courses taught using C++
- Honors-AP Computer Science, which was formerly in preparation for the AB exam, but is now in preparation for the A exam with the elimination of the AB
- Advanced Computer Programming, a 2 credit semester-long course that can be repeated for credit
Additionally, students may take Accounting 1 (and, upon completion, Accounting 2), a preparatory course for business management or business administration. Both accounting courses are 4 credit courses.
Students are required to accumulate 16 mathematics credits by graduation time.
Most science courses at Lexington High School are full-year, 5 credit classes, as although it meets four times a week, one class period takes two consecutive blocks in order to accommodate labs. The AP classes meet once every day but for two consecutive blocks on one of those days, and are thus full-year, 6 credit classes. Higher classes will usually require teacher recommendations and prerequisites/co-requisites.
Freshmen at Lexington High School are required to take one of three courses of Earth Science, which are designed to introduce students to the basics of astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography. Students may take Honors Environmental Earth Science, Environmental Earth Science, or Conceptual Environmental Earth Science. Each are 5 credit classes.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors usually take one of several courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, respectively. For each, there are three levels of courses: AP, Level 1, and Conceptual. As there are two classifications of Advanced Placement courses in physics (1 and C), there are likewise AP levels for physics, as opposed to one for Biology and Chemistry. Biology topics include biochemistry, cell biology, genetics evolution, physiology, anatomy, reproduction, development, biodiversity and ecology. Chemistry topics include the SI metric system of measurement, scientific notation, dimensional analysis, atomic structure, periodic relationships, chemical bonding, gases and kinetic theory, molecular structure, types of chemical reactions and quantitative relationships, solution chemistry, energy relationships, and equilibrium. Physics topics include kinematics, force and motion, momentum, energy, work, wave motion, optics, electrostatics, electricity, and magnetism.
In addition to these regular courses, Lexington High School offers Level 1 Astronomy, a four credit course; and Introduction to Robotics and Engineering, a 2 credit semester-long course. Self-motivated juniors and seniors can also do an individually developed independent research project with a sponsor teacher for variable credit. Students are required to accumulate 18 science credits by graduation time.
Students are required to accumulate 16 English credits by graduation time.
Freshmen take Literature and Composition I teamed with World History I in the same group of students, who are in the same homeroom. For instance, a section that meets for Literature and Composition I B block might meet for World History I C block. Teachers in these two courses collaborate extensively. There is no leveling of freshmen English or History classes.
Sophomores take Literature and Composition II, and juniors take American Literature. Both are offered as Level 2, Level 1, and Honors level classes.
Seniors can choose from an array of different year-long English electives. These classes range in topic from Shakespeare to Creative Writing to Dystopias, and are meant to allow seniors to take the English class that they find most interesting.
Students are required to accumulate 16 social studies credits by graduation time. Freshmen take World History I, an unleveled course that covers topics from Ancient Rome, India, and China up to 1350. The course focuses on a largely non-Eurocentric approach. Sophomores then cover the remainder of World History. Juniors are obliged take U.S. History. Seniors have multiple electives to get their remaining credits. Electives include focused history courses and Debate.
Lexington High School offers sequences of classes in seven languages: ASL, French, German, Italian, Latin, Mandarin and Spanish. Among those classes are Advanced Placement courses in French, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish. Unlike all of the other languages at Lexington High, ASL is only offered for two years. All other languages are offered for four years.
Students are required to accumulate eight foreign language credits by graduation or generally two classes; many complete a full four years of a foreign language sequence.
Fine and Performing Arts
Many arts classes are worth two credits, meeting four times a week for a semester; and many are worth four credits, meeting four times a week for a full year.
Lexington High School has been well known for its award-winning music program which includes: multiple a cappella groups; three bands (wind ensemble, concert band, and symphonic band); three orchestras (chamber, symphony, and repertoire); and four choir groups. The jazz program includes a renowned jazz ensemble, a big band, a combo, and a septet. In August 2004, Lexington high school was invited to perform at the Edinburgh festival in Scotland.
The music program is under the direction of several faculty members, including: Jeffrey Leonard, a wind and jazz specialist and a Berklee graduate, who conducts the wind ensemble and is the current department head; Justin Aramati, a wind specialist and a New England Conservatory graduate; Janet Haas, a string specialist throughout the Lexington Public Schools; and Jason Iannuzzi, the choral director. The previous department head was Dr. Walter Pavasaris, the fine and performing Arts coordinator and a string conductor renowned throughout New England.
Students are required to accumulate eight fine and performing arts credits by graduation time.
The Lexington High School Drama department is known for having put on inventive shows led by former head director Steven Bogart. Each year a play is put on in the fall, a musical in the Spring, and a drama festival in the Winter, run and performed by students.
Special projects and grants in the Fine and Performing Arts department are funded by FOLMADS, Inc., a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with the mission of supporting the arts in the Lexington Public Schools.
A cappella is one of the most popular and most competitive activities in the school. Every year there are three shows (also called Jams) to showcase the seven a cappella groups, one jam for each season. The groups are Euphoria, Guacamole, Mixed Nuts, Onomatopoeia, Peanut Butter & Jelly (PB&J), Pitchpipes, and Rocks Paper Scissors (RPS). Euphoria, Guacamole, and Onomatopoeia are all girls groups, RPS and Pitchpipes are all male groups, and Mixed Nuts and PB&J are coed groups. Some groups date back many decades, such as Mixed Nuts and Pitchpipes, while some were created only a few years ago (PB&J). Each group is completely student run, meaning they run their own auditions, choose and arrange their own songs, and operate autonomously from the high school's music program.
Most physical education classes are worth 0.5 credits, as they are scheduled to meet twice a week for one quarter. The physical education class Athletic Training is worth 1 credit if 6 hours of training at sports is completed.
Students are required to accumulate six physical education credits by graduation time.
There are only two classes in this department: Adolescent Health Issues I, taken mostly by freshmen; and Adolescent Health Issues II, taken mostly by juniors. Both classes are worth 1 credit, as both classes meet twice a week for a semester.
Students are required to accumulate 2 health education credits by graduation time. Thus, students must take both Ad. Health I and Ad. Health II to graduate.
There are several classes that count for credits in more than one department, including web design, and dance.
Freshman and Seniors meet with their guidance counselors first quarter, while sophomores and juniors meet with their counselors 3rd quarter. This time is set aside for a 3-week program where counselors get to speak to their students about certain issues. For freshman it's mainly to discuss the transition from middle school into high school. For sophomores, career options is the major focus. For Juniors the purpose is to introduce the idea of taking the PSAT, SAT & ACT. Finally for seniors, the focus is the college admission process.
Computer Science Team
Lexington High School's Computer Science Team won second place in the Senior-5 division at the 2009-10 American Computer Science League All-Star Competition. The team finished third and fourth in the same division in 2010-11 and 2008-09 respectively.
Lexington High School's debate team has won the State Championship for the last 38 years.[when?] Lexington won the Tournament of Champions in 1994 and in 1995 Steve Lehotsky received the top speaker award.
A Lexington team won the Tournament of Champions in the Public Forum division in 2007. 2011 was a particularly successful year for the Lexington Debate team, with the Lincoln-Douglas team winning the NDCA and the Lexington Policy Debate Team of Tyler Engler and Arjun Vellayappan placing second at the Tournament of Champions., as well as in 2012 when Noah Star also won the Tournament of Champions in the Lincoln-Douglas division.
In 2012-13, Paul Zhou, Adam Hoffman, and Jerry Chen all received bids to the Tournament of Champions. Adam Hoffman reached the quarterfinals in the Tournament of Champions.
In 2013-14, Preetham Chippada received bids to the Tournament of Champions. At the Tournament of Champions, Chippada achieved a record of 4-3, and both policy teams achieved records of 3-4.
The Lexington Winter Invitational Tournament
The team annually hosts the Lexington Winter Invitational Tournament, nicknamed "Big Lex," with the categories of public forum debate, policy debate, and Lincoln-Douglas debate. The event is a Tournament of Champions qualifier at the quarterfinal level and drew 1000 debaters in 2014 from as far away as California.
Through the Massachusetts Mathematics League and the Greater Boston Mathematics League, Lexington High School has had superior success in qualifying for the MAML (Massachusetts Association of Math Leagues) State Meet and the NEAML (New England Association of Math Leagues) New England meet. Lexington has won the Massachusetts State Championship Math Meet 20 times between 1978 and 2013, competing in the large school division: 1978-1980, 1992-1995, 2000-2008, and 2010-2013. In the New England Championship Math Meet, Lexington has won seven championships: 1994, 2002, 2003, 2006-2008, and 2012.
Lexington also participates in the MAML-organized Massachusetts Mathematics Olympiad (MMO), where many of its students have succeeded in finishing in the top 20 state-wide.
Lexington High School's math team has sent teams to HMMT. Lexington won the entire competition in 1998 and 2001. Additionally, Lexington won second place in 2002 and 2009; fourth in 1999 and 2000; fifth in 2004, 2008 and 2012; sixth in 2003; seventh in 2013; and eighth in 2007. In many years, Lexington High School also has had a few students finish in the top ten in certain individual categories.
The high school has also sent teams to the Harvard-MIT November Tournament (HMNT). Lexington won second place overall at the 2008, 2009, and 2011 iterations of the tournament. Lexington finished fourth at the tournament in 2010 and 2012.
The WPI Invitational Math Meet, which has been held continuously since 1988, has been won by Lexington High School 21 times, from 1988-1994 and 1996-2010. In 2011, Lexington finished in second behind Northfield Mount Hermon School, and in 2012, Lexington finished in third. 
Lexington competes in the American Mathematics Competitions. In 2009, 5 students from Lexington High School, as well as 2 from Clarke, qualified for the USAMO. In 2010, with the split of the USAMO format into the USAMO and the new USA Junior Math Olympiad (USAJMO), Lexington had 5 USAMO qualifiers (one was from Clarke), and 5 USAJMO qualifiers. From 2006-2011, Lexington had a total of 34 USAMO qualifiers, including 4 middle schoolers. In the first two years of USAJMO's existence, Lexington had 9 total qualifiers, including 2 middle schoolers. Between 1987 and 2011, there were 76 USAMO qualifiers from Lexington High School, 7th most among all high schools in the nation.
The math department of the Lexington Public Schools system has received national merit through the Mathematical Association of America, as the Edyth May Sliffe Award has been won by 8 Lexington Public Schools teachers (5 from the high school, 2 from Diamond, and 1 from Clarke; all but the one at Clarke are listed under Lexington High School) a total of 11 times. Lexington High School also has the most two-time winners (3 teachers; no teacher can win it more than twice). Indian Woods Middle School, Shawnee Mission, KS (10) and Frost Middle School, Fairfax, VA (11) are the only other schools to have teachers win the award 10 or more times.
In 2010, the Lexington High School Math Team founded the Lexington Math Tournament, an annual math tournament inspired by tournaments such as HMMT, and geared for middle school students.
Lexington High School's FIRST Tech Challenge team, 2 Bits and a Byte, went to the FIRST world championship in 2012 and 2014. In 2014, their roster reached 53 people, much greater than FIRST's recommended team size of 10 people.
Lexington High School's National Ocean Sciences Bowl team won the National competition between 1998 and 2002, the first five years of the competition's existence. In 2009, the team won the regional Blue Lobster Bowl and returned to the National competition to win 2nd place. The team also won regionals in 2011 and repeated their 2nd place performance at the National competition. The team also won regionals in 2012 and placed 4th at the national competition.
Lexington High School's National Science Bowl team has qualified for the National competition 12 times, more than any other school in Massachusetts, doing so in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, and in 2008-2014. The team won 2nd place nationally in 2009, losing in the final to Mira Loma High School. In 2010, the second team from Lexington also reached the semifinals of the regional qualifying competition before losing to the first team. In 2011, Lexington's B Team defeated Lexington's A Team in the regional finals to qualify for the National competition. In 2012, after defeating the B Team in the regional finals, Lexington's A Team outlasted 68 of the nation's finest science bowl teams, including semifinal and final victories over Mira Loma and North Hollywood High School, to win the National Science Bowl competition.
Science Olympiad teams also exist at both Lexington High School and Diamond Middle School. The High School team won the state competition from 2001 to 2003, second place in 2009 and third place in 2010 at the state competition. The middle school team won second in 2010, fourth in both 2008 and 2009, and third in 2007.
Lexington High School's Envirothon team qualified for the National competition in 2008 and placed 7th.
Quiz Bowl Team
The Lexington Quiz Bowl team was founded in the 2012-2013 school year. The year of its establishment, the team placed 33rd at Nationals in the 2013 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament, and also placed 16th in the JV division of the National History Bowl. In 2014, Lexington claimed first place in the HSAPQ Massachusetts Quizbowl Championship East Regional, but subsequently placed fourth at the state tournament at MIT in April, as well as winning the National History Bowl Massachusetts State Championship.
In 2008, the Lexington High School chess team made its debut at the annual Hurvitz Cup of the Massachusetts State Team Championship where the team placed 4th overall. The following year, the team placed second in the grade nine team section of the annual National K-12 Scholastic Championship in Dallas, Texas. In March 2010, the team tied for first in the high school section of the annual Hurvitz Cup and placed second in the Rhode Island State Championship. In April and May 2011, respectively, the team won the high school section of the annual Hurvitz Cup and placed thirteenth in the K12 section of the National K12 High School Championship. The team currently consists of internationally ranked chess players and national and state champions.
Lexington High School offers the following sports:
Lexington's teams compete in the Middlesex League. Its main athletic rivalries are with Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (Concord, MA) and Burlington High School (Burlington, MA). In track and cross-country, its main competitors are Reading Memorial High School (Reading, MA) and Woburn Memorial High School (Woburn, MA).
Lexington High School students have repeatedly attempted to secure the formation of a Varsity Water Polo Team, but have been continually denied.
State titles and acknowledgements
Lexington High School sports teams have received the following accolades:
- The Girl's Indoor Track team additionally won the Massachusetts Division I State Championships in 2013.
- Boy's Swimming and Basketball were awarded the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's "sportsmanship award" for 2007-2008.
- Boy's Swimming were awarded the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's "sportsmanship award" for the 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008–2009, and 2009-2010 seasons.
- The cross-country team was undefeated from 2000 to 2008.
- The LHS Boys Indoor Track team won the Massachusetts Division I State Championships in 2006 and repeated in 2007. In 2007, the Lexington Boys outdoor track team captured both the Division I State Championship and the All-State Championship.
- The LHS Girl's Varsity Softball team won the Massachusetts Division I State Championships in 2008 and 2009.
- Former LHS Football coach Bill Tighe was the oldest football coach in the country.
- Orny Adams (1989), born Adam Orenstein, comedian and writer
- Ben Bertini (1935), Bruins and Olympic Hockey Trainer 
- Carolyn Bertozzi, T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley (1984), member of US National Academy of Sciences
- James MacGregor Burns, Class of '35 presidential biographer,
- Kurt Busiek (1978), writer
- Cecil Cox, Executive Producer: "Half Past Autumn" (3 Emmy Nominations 2001), formerly Senior Executive and manager of Mundy Lane Entertainment, formerly agent with the William Morris Talent Agency.
- Dawen, singer-songwriter
- Caroline DiNapoli, (2013) Girlfriend of Kevin Lewallyn and first person to speak Lemur
- Rachel Dratch, (1984) former cast member of Saturday Night Live
- Brad Ellis (1978), Pianist on the TV show Glee
- Richard Friedenberg, Screenwriter, Emmy Winner, Grizzly Adams, Oscar nominee A River Runs Through It
- Bathsheba Grossman (1984), sculptor
- Lev Grossman (1987), novelist and senior writer at Time Magazine
- Pete Holmes (1997), comedian
- Jon Landau (1964), manager, Bruce Springsteen
- Ron Lee, former NBA basketball player (1977–82)
- Zachary Lemnios (1972) Assistant Secretary of Defense
- Les McClaine (1995), Cartoonist and Animation Designer
- Scott McCloud (1978), cartoonist and comics theorist
- Bill McKibben, environmentalist and writer '77
- Dinny McNamara, former MLB player (Boston Braves)
- Eugene Mirman (1992), comedian, writer, and film maker
- Catherine Murphy (1963), artist
- Matt Nathanson, singer/musician
- Don Nottebart (1954) Houston Astros baseball player
- Ryan Jude Novelline (2008), contemporary artist and fashion designer
- Bill Nowlin, Class of 62, author of 20+ Red Sox history books, owner Rounder Records
- Meghan O'Sullivan (1987), official in administration of George W. Bush
- Amanda Palmer (1994), musical performer, composer, and member of the duo The Dresden Dolls
- Bob Sheridan (1962), boxing announcer, Don King Productions
- Tom Silva, (1965), general contractor and on-screen personality for This Old House
- Amy Smith (1980 or '81) Mechanical engineer, MacArthur Fellow
- Bill Staines, Class of 64, folk music artist
- Jim Storer, inventor of Lunar Lander (video game series)
- Aaron Tap (1987), guitarist and musician
- William G. Tapply (1958), author of Brady Coyne mystery series
- Melanie Thernstrom (1982), author
- Ethan Zohn (1992), winner of Survivor: Africa
In 1997 The Musket ran into controversy by refusing to run an abstinence ad. The Musket's First Amendment rights were maintained with the victory in Yeo v Town of Lexington, a case argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
In 2005, Fred Phelps, of Topeka, Kansas, and his church (the Westboro Baptist Church) protested the Lexington High School graduation because of the school's support of its gay-straight alliance. The group returned in 2009.
The LABBB Program
The LABBB program, a special education program serving mentally challenged students from surrounding towns (Lexington, Arlington, Burlington, Belmont and Bedford) emphasizes real world skills for the mentally handicapped. LHS students have the opportunity to work with the LABBB students in the Best Buddies program, special events, and classes.
Until 1965, the school newspaper was called The High-Spot; the name was changed to The Musket.
The Mathematical 8 Game
A common game enjoyed by many Lexington High School students is the Mathematical 8 Game, known informally as the 8 game. In this game, students come up with complex mathematical expressions that simplify to 8.
8 Game Example Questions
Some 8-game questions became increasingly popular. These are stated below.
- There are 2β - 1 prime numbers between 4β - 2 and 2β + 3. What is the smallest positive value of β?
8 Game Controversies
There have been several very minor controversies about the 8 Game, but none have been major enough to be brought to the attention of the administration.
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