Lincoln-Way Central High School
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2008)|
|Lincoln Way Central High School|
|1801 E. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, Illinois, 60451
|School type||public secondary|
|School district||Lincoln-Way Com. H.S. 210|
|Superintendent||Dr. Lawrence A. Wyllie|
|Principal||Dr. Steve Provis|
|Average class size||22.3|
|Campus size||70 acres|
|Athletics conference||Southwest Suburban|
|Mascot||Sir Winsalot & Knightro|
|Average ACT scores||22.2|
|Newspaper||'The Knight Times|
Lincoln Way Central High School or LWCHS, is a public four-year high school located approximately 3.5 miles south of Interstate 80 near the intersection of Schoolhouse Rd. and the Lincoln Highway in New Lenox, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is the part of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, which also includes Lincoln-Way East High School, Lincoln-Way North High School, and Lincoln-Way West High School. Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West are located in New Lenox; Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North are located in Frankfort. District 210 offices are located at Lincoln-Way Central.
In June 1952, another election provided for the approval and construction of Lincoln-Way High School. The new high school district would draw students which until then had been attending Joliet Township High School, Bloom Township High School, Carl Sandburg High School, and Peotone High School. The cornerstone was ceremonially installed on October 25, 1953, after construction had begun. Lincoln-Way opened its doors to students on September 7, 1954. The name of the school was selected by one Mrs. Florence Pittman and the board of education officially adopted it as "Lincoln-Way". The charter members of the student body voted to have red and black as their school colors. Lyrics to the Lincoln-Way Central school song were written by Robert Taylor and Betty Tryon, set to the tune of the University of Chicago pep song.
Bond issues for additions to the original building were approved in 1957, 1960, 1962, and 1969. The 1969 bond issue approved a ninth grade building which was built north of the main building. In 1971 the north building opened up, accommodating 700 students.
In 1994, a field house was added to the campus. Then in 1998, citizens of District #210 approved a $60 million dollar building bond referendum to split the existing high school freshmen-sophomore / junior-senior configuration into two separate four year high schools while adding to the existing two schools an academic wing with 50 classrooms at each campus, olympic-sizes swimming pools, as well as the addition of a fine arts auditorium and music classrooms at Central. The changeover became official for the 2001-02 school year as the Central campus opened as Lincoln-Way Central High School.
Lincoln-Way Central is known as "The" Lincoln-Way because it is the original of the four high schools, rich in over fifty-five years of tradition and history. Students here are noted for their exceeding pride. Phrases such as "We are Central" and "Once a Knight, Always a Knight" show students' spirit
Lincoln-Way Central's Music Department consists of multiple extracurricular music groups, including the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Concert Bands, two jazz ensembles, (Jazz I and II), pep band, orchestra, guitar studio, piano, multiple choirs, including Madrigal Singers, and the school's marching band, the Marching Knights.
The Marching Knights is Lincoln-Way Central's award-winning marching band, under the direction of Eric Wellman and assistant director Al Rendak. It consisted of 101 student members as of the 2012-2013 season. The group has traveled to many places to participate in parades and competitions, such as Florida, California, Texas, Italy, among other places and venues, and has marched in the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade. The band has been in existence for almost as long as the school itself, maintaining long-standing traditions and a rich history.
Notable Music Department events include:
- 2012 - Trip to San Diego (Big Bay Balloon Parade)
- 2010 - Trip to Orlando, Florida (Citrus Bowl Parade)
- 2008 - Trip to Italy
- 2007 - Opening Ceremony for I-355
- 2007 - Guitar studio and orchestra tour of Toronto, Ontario
- 2005 - Presidential Inaugural Parade Participants
- 1999 - ISU State Champions
- 1987 - Performance at the Special Olympics in South Bend, IN
- 1968 - Opening Ceremony for I-80
- 1954 - Robert C. Taylor becomes Lincoln-Way High School’s first band director
Lincoln-Way Central competes as a member of the Southwest Suburban Conference. The school is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most athletics and competitive activities in Illinois. Teams are stylized as the "Knights".
The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo. Young women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, and softball, while young men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling. While not recognized by the IHSA, the school's athletic department also oversees a poms team for young women.
The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet:
- Badminton: 2nd place (2007–08, 08–09)
- Bowling (boys): 3rd place (2007–08)
- Cross Country (boys): 4th place (1997–98); 3rd place (1968–69, 90–91)
- Football: State Champions (1997–98); Semifinalists (1999–2000, 00–01); 2nd place (1996–97)
- Golf (boys): 4th place (1984–85)
- Gymnastics (boys): State Champions (2005-2006, 2010-2011); 2nd place (1996–97)
- Soccer (boys): 4th place (1992–93); 3rd place (2001–02); 2nd place (1999–2000, 00–01)
- Soccer (girls): 4th place (1997–98, 2004–05, 06–07); 2nd place (1998–99, 99–2000)
- Softball: State Champions (2007–08)
- Track & Field (boys): 3rd place (1996–97)
- Track & Field (girls): 4th place (1973–74)
- Volleyball (boys): 4th place (1998–99)
- Wrestling: 3rd place (2007–08)
Notable alumni 
- James Augustine (2002) is a former NBA forward who played for the Orlando Magic (2006–08).
- Karla DeVito is a singer, actress, and voice artist.
- Ned Grabavoy (2001) is an Major League Soccer midfielder (2004–present), currently playing for Real Salt Lake. On November 22, 2009, Ned helped Real Salt Lake win the 2009 MLS Cup by scoring a penalty kick in a 5-4 penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.
- Rob Ninkovich (2002) is an NFL defensive end (2006–present), currently playing for the New England Patriots. On February 5, 2012, Rob played in Super Bowl XLVI (46) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
- Johan Reinhard is an author and explorer-in-residence with the National Geographic Society. He has studied the lands and people of the Andes Mountains and Himalaya Mountains in addition to other areas.
- Mark Suppelsa (1980) is a radio and television anchorman, currently working at WGN-TV news.
- Christopher Bear (2000) drummer for the band Grizzly Bear.
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