Liberty High School (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
|Liberty High School|
|1115 Linden Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, (Northampton County), 18017
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Bethlehem Area School District|
|Principal||Harrison Bailey III|
|Vice principal||Amanda Hinkel|
|Teaching staff||Approx. 150|
|Campus size||570,000 square feet|
|Fight song||Liberty Forever|
|Athletics conference||Lehigh Valley Conference|
|Rival||Freedom High School
Bethlehem Catholic High School
|School roll||Approx. 3,250 Students|
Liberty is the larger of two public high schools in the Bethlehem Area School District, with Freedom High School being the other. Liberty's current attendance area includes students from the City of Bethlehem, Fountain Hill, Freemansburg, and Hanover Township. Mrs. JoAnn Durante was appointed as the first female principal in 2007.
In the academic year of 2009, 3,218 students attended Liberty High School and it employed a staff of 153 full-time teachers, and 5 part-time teachers. Graduation takes place annually at Stabler Arena.
Liberty High School holds football games and other sporting events at the Frank Banko Field at the Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
Liberty High School was built in 1918 and opened in 1922 under the name "Bethlehem High School". It is located in the geographical center of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. As the school started nearing its capacity, the Bethlehem Area School District established a second high school, Freedom High School, and renamed the original school "Liberty High School" as a memorial to the Liberty ships that returned to Pennsylvania after World War I.
Liberty High School served all of Bethlehem until Freedom High School was built. Afterwards, Center City, Pembroke, and South Side residents attended Liberty while Bethlehem Township and Hanover Township residents went to Freedom. Adjustments have been made to these borders however, and Liberty now has students from Hanover, Center City, Pembroke and some of South Side (with some South Side residents attending the Freedom school).
Up until Liberty's recent remodel, the school was composed of three classroom buildings, two buildings with four floors and one science center with two. Over the years, several renovations have been performed on the school, with the most recent being an overhaul of the main building, along with the construction of a new student activity center.
The Student Government is made up of the Senate (consisting of several senate seats per grade level) and four Senate Officers; President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each Grade also has four class officers; President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Student Government is the sole place where the Student Body can put their input and ideas on how they want their school year to go. The members are responsible for the designs of school t-shirts, dance decorating, coordinating spirit week festivities, as well as outreach to the lower level schools of the district. The Vice-President of SG office is always held by a junior, and the three others by seniors. Often members of student government are sent to the Superintendents Advisory Committee.
Liberty High School offers a range of clubs including PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science), Best Buddies, SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving or Students Against Destructive Decisions), Chess Team, Science Olympiad, Class Play – Fall (Fall Play), Shakespeare Club, Class Play – Spring (Spring Musical), DECA, Stage Crew Drama Club, Step Team, Ecology Club, Student Government, Class Offices, FBLA, Teen Summit, Historic Bethlehem Club, Teens Against Tobacco Use, Ski Club, Key Club, Tempest Dance Team, Latino Leadership, Video Production Club, LHS Strategy Club, Anime club, Jr.NAACP, Mini Globe Trotters, Photography Club, the Young Republican and Democrat club, and Art club.
The Liberty Girls Lacrosse Club has been in existence since 2004. This is a school-sanctioned club, but is financially and administratively independent from the school. By following PIAA rules and regulations, the club is eligible for district and state playoffs. The girls play a regular varsity and junior varsity schedule. The club has won two Lehigh Valley Invitational Championships. It has become one of the most popular sports at Liberty high school, and many girls have gone on to play in college. In 2009, the club's administration created and received approval for the present Bethlehem Area School District Club Sports policy which now allows club sports in the district to compete on the same level as other fully funded school varsity sports in Pennsylvania. The Liberty Boys Lacrosse Club was started in 2012 and also functions under the Club Sports policy. Both clubs are sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Conference.
The school's athletic teams compete in the Lehigh Valley Conference, which also includes high schools from Allentown, Easton, Emmaus, and other Lehigh Valley locations. The sports include Cheerleading (non-competitive), Baseball, Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Track & Field, Boys and Girls Basketball, Football, Softball, Boys and Girls Volleyball, CoEd Golf, Boys and Girls Swimming, Rifle, Boys and Girls Tennis, Girls and Boys Lacrosse, Wrestling, and Boys and Girls Cross Country. In December 2008, the Liberty High School varsity football team won the Pennsylvania 4A State Championship. Mr. Fred Harris is the current athletic director.
Liberty High School Grenadier Band
The Liberty High School Grenadier Band is a world-renowned marching band, and the Grenadier theme was first started by Ron Sherry. Before him the Liberty High School Grenadier Band was known as the Liberty High School Marching Band and the band was directed by Joe Riccapito.
The Liberty High School Grenadier Band is modeled after the Coldstream Guards, a regiment of the British Army. Since January 2014 the Band wears the authentic, handmade uniforms of the guards as made by the official British military uniform maker. Today the band has collected over 80 real bear skin hats, allocated to its members through a ranking order. They are the only band in the world that can wear these authentic uniforms because of their partnership with the Coldstream Guards. The Grenadier Band has performed with the Coldstream Guards Band both in the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. They have also played at the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Pearl Harbor, Disney World, Disneyland, Harry Truman's Inuaguaral Parade, in Canada, the 1939 World's Fair, and a multitude of other parades, fairs, and professional sporting events. They traveled to Hawaii to march in the Waikiki Holiday Parade over Thanksgiving 2011 to participate as the honor band, honoring veterans and specifically commemorating the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Grenadier Band recently participated in the 2014 Rose Parade on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, CA. More recently, we performed in the 10th annual Little League World Series Parade. The Grenadier Band has also on numerous occasions opened for different sections of the Queen's Guard including the bands of the Coldstream Guards, Irish Guards, Scots Guards and the Black Watch Pipes during their tours across the United States.
Currently, the band has about 300 members. The Band Director is Kevin Long, and the Assistant Band Director is Allen Frank. The previous director was Greg MacGill, who retired in 2013 after 35 years of working with the band. The student officers are all nominated in a nominating session (at which all band members are present). They must accept the nomination and be seniors. They are generally talented at their respective instruments and well liked. The running students campaign in the band room and make speeches. They also submit resumes and applications to the band directors. Nominations and Elections take place at the end of each school year. Along with the main band, the Grenadiers also have a smaller wind ensemble known as the First Company. Recently, in August 2010, First Company members went to Canada for a week to participate in the Fortissimo show along with the Coldstream's Herald Trumpeters. The band also has an auxiliary unit with 21 majorettes, and 21 bagpipers and 7 pipe drummers who play at events across the Lehigh Valley, at school events, funerals, corporate requests, and community events are among the places where these students are requested.
- David A. Bader, professor and executive director of high performance computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Chuck Bednarik, former professional football player, Philadelphia Eagles, and Pro Football Hall of Fame member
- John B. Callahan, Mayor of Bethlehem
- Pete Carril, former basketball coach, Basketball Hall of Fame member
- Alexandra Chando, actress, As the World Turns and The Lying Game
- Jimmy DeGrasso, drummer, Alice Cooper band; former drummer, Megadeth
- Ted Deutch, Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida's 21st congressional district.
- Peter D. Feaver, Former Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform, United States National Security Council
- Jonathan Frakes, actor and director, Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Mike Hartenstine, former professional football player, Chicago Bears
- Loren Keim, real estate author
- Gary Lavelle, former professional baseball pitcher, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays
- Barry W. Lynn, political activist and executive director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
- J. J. Maura, voiceover artist and television announcer, WCAU and QVC
- Matt McBride, professional baseball player, Colorado Rockies
- Paul McHale, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security and former Member of Congress
- Billy Packer, college basketball television sportscaster, CBS
- Dan Persa, former quarterback for the Northwestern Wildcats and finished his college career with the highest completion percentage in the NCAA
- James J. Reed, former head coach, United States men's national soccer team
- Sheetal Sheth, actress, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
- Devin Street, Current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver
- David Zinczenko, diet author, editor of Men's Health magazine
Hail to Alma Mater dear, where we've spent our high school years.
Now to Liberty we raise, voices to extol thy praise.
In thy stately halls we've spent, hours with hearts and minds content.
Now to thee, dear Liberty High, In our loyalty we cry:
Liberty High School hail to thee
Loyal sons and daughters we
In the future, as the past
We'll be loyal to the last.
Hail to dear ole' Red and Blue, to thy colors we'll be true.
As the star of Bethlehem shone, so our love for thee has grown.
In the world where ere we are, nothing shall thy honor mar.
Though the future years past by, this shall always be our cry:
Liberty High School hail to thee
Loyal sons and daughters we
In the future, as the past
We'll be loyal to the last.
- LHS Profile
- Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, Liberty High School, 2012
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- Liberty High School Official Web Site.
- Liberty High School Grenadier Band and Orchestra Parents.
- Liberty Girls Lacrosse Club.
- Liberty Boys Lacrosse Club