Lindbergh High School (Sappington, Missouri)

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Lindbergh High School
Established 1951
Type Public high school
Principal Andy Croley- Keith Luebbert, Stella Viehland, Pam Mason, Ryan Sherp
Faculty 150 +
Students 2,300
Location Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Coordinates 38°31′45″N 90°22′34″W / 38.5292°N 90.3760°W / 38.5292; -90.3760Coordinates: 38°31′45″N 90°22′34″W / 38.5292°N 90.3760°W / 38.5292; -90.3760
Colors Green and Gold
         
Mascot Flyers
Yearbook 'Spirit'
Newspaper 'Pilot Newsmagazine'
Website [1]

Lindbergh High School is the high school of the Lindbergh School District in the suburbs of Saint Louis, Missouri. Each year the high school graduates over 420 students. The school district encompasses Crestwood, Sunset Hills, Concord, and parts of Fenton, Webster Groves, Kirkwood, Affton, and other surrounding localities in St. Louis County.

History[edit]

The school district was founded in 1949 but the first schools appeared in the district as far back as 1939. The high school was originally named Grandview. Its mascot was the Griffin and the school colors were maroon and gold. During the high school's first academic year in 1950-51, classes were held in the basement and boiler room of the district's Sappington School elementary building. Construction began on the new high school in 1951, and classes began at the site in September of that year, even though the building was still under construction.

The school district decided that the name Grandview sounded too much like a rest home, so in April 1952, the school was renamed Lindbergh, after world-acclaimed pilot Charles Lindbergh. Its students became the Flyers and the school colors became green and gold. The mascot later became Lindy, sporting a chicken or eagle-like costume. In the fall of 2007, Lindy sported a new look: A black eagle, sporting a flight jacket, aviation cap and aviation goggles, as part of The Green Machine, a student spirit organization known for its rowdy antics. In 1957 the district also adopted the name, becoming the Lindbergh School District. Several new school buildings were created over the following years, several of which later closed as a result of a declining student population.

Lindbergh High School became the largest high school in the state of Missouri during the 1970s, enrolling over 4,200 students. Over the past three decades, the district's population waned (and aged, leading to childless senior citizens), causing the student body to drop significantly over the years. Lindbergh was the first school in Missouri to offer the International Baccalaureate program. In 1995 the school received $25 million for construction and improved facilities through the approval of bond measure, Proposition R. In 2000 and 2003 similar propositions were passed, giving the school additional revenues for improvements of infrastructure and facilities.[1]

Student organizations[edit]

Art Club, Lindbergh Liberal Union (Students for Obama), Young Republicans, National Honors Society, UNICEF Club Tri-M, Improv Troupe, Environmental Club, Mock Trial, DECA, Pilot, KLHS-TV, Thespian Society, Green Team, Youth in Government, Key Club, RAD, Strolling Strings, The Flyy Gurlz, The Spirit of Saint Louis Marching Band, UNICEF Club, and a nationally acclaimed student council.

Sports[edit]

Coed Cheerleading (State Ranked Co-ed cheerleading team), Wrestling, Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Softball, Flyerettes (nationally ranked pom-pon dance team), Diving, Water Polo, Boys Swimming, Girls Swimming, Baseball, Boys Golf, Girls Golf Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Volleyball, Girls Volleyball, Lacrosse, Boys Ice Hockey Club, Boys Tennis, Girls Tennis, Colorguard, Winterguard.

State championships[edit]

1994 Class 4A Soccer, 1973 Boys Swimming and Diving 1999 boys cheerleading champions 2014 Class 4A Lacrosse 2014 Class 4A Boys Volleyball 1972, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78 Boys Cross Country, all coached by Tom McCracken

1972 Boys Golf Team, Ralph Crancer, Steve Daft, Karl Elbrecht and Don Placke

Recognition and Awards[edit]

  • In 2005, The Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
  • In 2005 the school was ranked #925 in Newsweek Magazine's "1000 Best High Schools in the Country” list.[2]
  • In 2006 LHS was recognized again on the list of "1000 Best High Schools in the Country”, improving its ranking to #679, and #733 of all schools in the nation.[3]
  • In 2006, the school's Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band won the annual Greater St. Louis Marching Band Festival (GSL) in the Gold Division with a score of 79.85.
  • In 2008, Lindbergh was distinguished with eleven National Merit Finalists and five Commended students in the 2008 competition. [5].
  • In 2011, The Spirit of St. Louis Marching Band again participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade. They also placed 9th in the annual Bands of America Superregional in Saint Louis.
  • In 2013, Lindbergh Varsity Flyerettes placed 3rd in High Kick and 4th in Pom at the National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida, sponsored by the Universal Dance Association.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ashwell, Wayne; Vic Lenz (2004). "Lindbergh High School History". Lindbergh High School Website. Lindbergh School District. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  2. ^ Newsweek (2005-05-16). "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. High Schools 2005". Newsweek Magazine. p. 11. Archived from the original on 2006-12-16. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  3. ^ Newsweek (2005-05-23). "The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools 2006". Newsweek Magazine. p. 13. Archived from the original on 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  4. ^ Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (2006-12-14). "235 School Districts Earn Recognition for "Distinction in Performance"". Department of Education. p. 1. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Football All-Conference Teams". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 2, 2003. p. D5. Retrieved March 8, 2013.  (subscription required)

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