Linganore High School

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Linganore High School
Linganore High School logo.png
The LHS school logo
“Working Together, Providing Opportunities for Excellence”
12013 Old Annapolis Rd, 21701
Frederick, MD

Coordinates 39°25′58″N 77°14′49″W / 39.43278°N 77.24694°W / 39.43278; -77.24694Coordinates: 39°25′58″N 77°14′49″W / 39.43278°N 77.24694°W / 39.43278; -77.24694
Type Public
Established 1962
School district Frederick County Public Schools (Maryland)
Principal David Kehne
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,652
Color(s) Red and Black
Mascot Lancer

Linganore High School is an American high school located in Frederick County, Maryland. The school serves the eastern portion of Frederick County.[1]The school's mascot is the Lancer and its colors are red and black.


Opened in 1962, Linganore High School Junior-Senior High School was built to serve the eastern section of Frederick, Maryland, including New Market, Libertytown, Mount Pleasant, Kemptown, Johnsville, Monrovia and Bartonsville. The first class graduated in 1963. For nearly 20 years, Linganore served students in grades 7-12. Eventually middle schools were opened to serve students in grades 6-8 and Linganore then became Linganore High School, educating students in grades 9-12. In its lifetime, the original school building had 3 additions, first in 1972 and then again in both 1983 and 1985. The original building was razed in 2008 to allow for the construction of the current school building, which was dedicated on August 12, 2010 and opened for the first day of the 2010-2011 school year on August 23, 2010. Linganore high school once held 8,500 students until the year of 2010. Frederick county was redistricted due to the population size of students at Linganore.

The Heritage Of Linganore High School[edit]

The class of 1963 was the first graduating class of Linganore Junior and Senior High School. Carlton L. King, a 1963 graduate of Linganore, designed the school’s seal. Mr. King’s Goal, when designing the seal, was to pay tribute to Linganore High School’s Native American Heritage (Linganore translates to “left ear”) and capture the school’s scholastic philosophy. To honor to our Native American ancestors, the symbol of a Native American warrior and two lancers were used as the focus of the seal. Mr. King then added the appropriate symbols to portray Linganore High School’s educational philosophy: a scroll of knowledge and the lamp of light to represent academic achievement, the lyre to represent the study and appreciation of the arts, (music and art), the shafts of wheat to represent the understanding and appreciation of agriculture, Mercury’s foot to represent the teamwork and spirit of competition in sports (athletic performance) and a cross to signify spirituality. The educational philosophies that Linganore High School adopted in 1963 are still followed today and have proven to be the groundwork for developing strong, well-rounded students that will lead tomorrow.[2]

School renovations[edit]

The original Linganore High School opened in February 1962. The original building closed in June 2008 and was demolished to allow for a new Linganore High School to be built on the original site. During the two years the replacement building was being constructed, Linganore High School operated as the first school in the building that is now Oakdale High School. The new Linganore building is built for 1,624 students with a project cost of approximately $73 million, including the demolition of the original building and the furnishing of the new building. The architect for the new Linganore was Grimm + Parker. Oak Construction was the builder.

The new Linganore High School includes many contemporary construction features. Light and motion sensors are used to control lights in classrooms, offices, common areas, and hallways to reduce energy usage. Pervious pavement on some exterior walkways reduces rainfall runoff. A magnetic chiller, part of the air conditioning system, is the next generation of lower-maintenance systems used in the building industry. The new Linganore High School also has many skylights and several windows, so less lights have to be used and more natural light can be directed indoors.

The new school features many state-of-the-art features for students. Eight full-sized computer labs, some of which are tiered, provide opportunities for Linganore students to use current software and on-line resources for research and classroom activities. When it was built, it was the most state-of-the art school in Frederick County, MD and continues to be in 2012. Additional subject-specific labs provide opportunities to use specialized software. Interactive electronic boards, called "Promethian Boards" have been installed in nearly all classrooms. These boards serve as projectors for computers, and can be used in host of ways, from traditional chalk-chalkboard type to cutting-edge, to provide instruction that allows for a wide variety of classroom activities and continuous education.


The school offers a wide variety of classes in a number of different areas of interest. Linganore is noted for its wide selection of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as a high pass rate for those who choose to take AP exams.[3] A high school course guide for Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) can be found here. The school also offers both AM and PM CTC (Career and Technology Center) class options. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses, NJROTC, and college level technology courses are currently offered at LHS.


Linganore is home to an array of sports teams, many of which have won state championships.[4]

Sport State Championship(s) Won (If Any)
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball 1992, 1996, 1997
Boys Cross Country 1967, 1996
Girls Cross Country
Field Hockey 1980, 1993
Football 1989, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2009
Girls Lacrosse
Boys Lacrosse 2011
Girls Soccer
Boys Soccer 1998
Swimming 2005, 2006, 2008
Boys Track 2011
Girls Track 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1996
Boys Indoor Track
Girls Indoor Track 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2006
Ice Hockey

Linganore High School's student section is colloquially referred to as "The Tribe" and operates its own Twitter feed.

Notable alumni[edit]

School life and information[edit]

Linganore High School Marching Band[edit]

Linganore High School is home to an award-winning marching band, the Linganore Lancer Marching Band. The Linganore High School “Lancer” Marching Band is from Frederick, Maryland and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. Recent honors as of 2013 include the 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013 USBands Maryland State Championship, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 TOB Chapter 5 Championship, Philadelphia and New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Walt Disney World’s Main Street Parade, National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, Maryland Governor’s Inaugural Parade, and Norfolk Parade of Nations. The Linganore High School performing arts program has won over a dozen Maryland state championships in the areas of percussion ensemble, indoor guard, marching band, and music technology.[5]

More information on the marching band can be found online at

School publications[edit]

The school paper is The Lance, distributed to students free of charge.

The Talisman, Linganore's yearbook, is published every year by the members of the publications class. The school has every "Tailsman" from every year it was published in the school's archives in the library, along with scrapbooks various alumni have donated.

Beginning in 2013, Linganore converted its morning announcements into a student-run broadcast show. Each episode of The Morning Announcements is roughly five minutes long, with some episodes being as long as 15 minutes long if there is a special event, like student government elections, happening at the school. The show, currently in its fifth "season", has seen a variety of anchors, guests, and specials, and is notable among students and faculty alike for its offbeat, deadpan humor intertwined with more serious news topics.


LHS recognizes that extra- and co-curricular clubs can serve to complement a solid academic curriculum. LHS has a large number of clubs that students may participate in"(See Club Info | Linganore High School)".  Any club that is not listed can be created by the students, as long as a staff member will commit to serve as the club's advisor[6]

Notable clubs include:

  • Amnesty International
  • Animals 101
  • Ecology Club
  • Engineering/Robotics Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • French Club/French Honor Society
  • Future Educators of America (FEA)
  • Game Board Club
  • GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
  • Hackey Sack Club
  • Ice Hockey Club Team
  • It Gets Better (Bullying Prevention)
  • Key Club (Service)
  • Lancer Media
  • Latin Club/National Latin Honor Society
  • LHS Men's Society
  • Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society)
  • National Art Honor Society
  • Pom and Dance Team
  • Ski and Snowboard Club
  • Travel Club
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society

Public controversy and incidents[edit]

On December 18th, 2008 (while Linganore High School was hosted at the then-new Oakdale High School during the construction of a new Linganore campus), a male student bringing flammable material to the school with the intention of using it harmfully caused the entire school to be evacuated at around 9 a.m. After a police investigation, the students were dismissed shortly before noon and the student was charged and faced disciplinary action from Frederick County Public Schools.[7]

Due to the advent of social media, Linganore High School has, in recent years, repeatedly been in the spotlight for its students' questionable actions.

  • In 2013, a photo was published to Reddit and other social media sites depicting seven Linganore students with "GO LANCERS" painted on their chests who had rearranged the letters to read "NEGROS"[sic].[8] While the photo was later proven to be taken two years prior to its publication, it served as a catalyst for discussions about race relations and Linganore's disproportionately white student body in the community.
  • On April 7th, 2014, a crew member on Linganore's The Morning Announcements edited the weather forecast's background to read "LOLOLOL" as a caption for a day with a high of 69 degrees as a joke in reference to the number's double entendre meaning. The edit went unnoticed by staff, and the segment aired. A student proceeded to take a picture of the joke and then posted it to Reddit, where the picture garnered nearly 800,000 views within less than a week.[9] The episode containing the segment has since been removed from SchoolTube, the website that hosts an archive of prior episodes of The Morning Announcements.


Please note that the demographics listed are not current. The numbers represented in this statement are from the 2012-2013 school year.

White: 1,434
African American: 30
Native American: 12
Asian: 23
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: Less than 10
Hispanic: 90
2+ Races: 68


  1. ^ "Linganore High School Profile". Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ ”The Heritage of Linganore High School,” Linganore High School Distinguished Graduates Organization 11th Annual Honoree Induction Ceremony Program booklet
  3. ^ Linganore High School FCPS profile site "70.8% of LHS students who took Advanced Placement (AP) exams achieved scores high enough for college credit; 43% of LHS eligible students participated"
  4. ^ "LHS website" list of state titles
  5. ^ "Kevin Lloyd"
  6. ^ "LHS website" list of school clubs
  7. ^ "Linganore High dismisses early after bomb threat". The Herald-Mail. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Linganore photo goes viral". The Frederick News-Post. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "So this happened in my high school's weather broadcast.". Imgur. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "FCPS website" Linganore Demographics