Louisville Male High School

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Louisville Male High School
Male Bulldog logo.jpg
Established 1856
Type Public Secondary
Principal David Mike
Students 1,780[1]
Grades 912
Location Louisville, KY, United States
Coordinates 38°11′05″N 85°43′21″W / 38.18478°N 85.72243°W / 38.18478; -85.72243Coordinates: 38°11′05″N 85°43′21″W / 38.18478°N 85.72243°W / 38.18478; -85.72243
District Jefferson County Public Schools
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Since 1913[2]

Purple and Gold

Nickname Male Dawgs
Mascot Bulldogs
Rival DuPont Manual High School
Newspaper Brook n' Breck
Website Louisville Male High School

Louisville Male Traditional High School is a public secondary school serving students in grades 9 through 12 in the southside of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is part of the Jefferson County Public School District.

A growing 19th century river city needed a place to a new high school, and so in 1861, Male was designated "The University of Public Schools in Louisville". From 1856 until 1923, Male High School conferred Bachelor degrees on its graduates, and in some instances conferred Master degrees to exceptional students. Originally open to males only, since 1953 it has been co-educational (male and female).

School history[edit]

Early history[edit]

In 1798 the Kentucky State Legislature authorized the creation of a college for young men to be built in Louisville. In 1816, after 18 years of bureaucratic blundering, the trustees were able to open the Jefferson Seminary. The school changed its identity on several occasions over the next 40 years until finally, in 1856, the school split into two entities. One was the University of Louisville and the other was High School. At the same time Louisville Female High School (later Girls High School) was created (eventually to be merged into du Pont Manual as a co-educational school). By the late 19th century there was a need in the community for a broader course selection because Male High School only taught academic courses and there was no place for a student to learn manual skills. In order to solve this problem, a barracks was built in 1890 in the backyard of Male High School and shop-type courses were taught to students who wanted to learn a trade. However, the barracks did not solve the problem because the demand for admission exceeded the capacity of the school. In 1892 duPont Manual High School was created as a separate school. Male High School's major focus was on academics and du Pont Manual taught manual skills.

In 1915, E.O. Holland, the Superintendent of Education, decided that Louisville would never need more than one high school so he ordered the consolidation of Male and Manual. The two schools became known as Louisville Boys High. The brown and orange and the red and white disappeared from the horizon and new colors, blue and gray, were chosen. Shortly thereafter Holland accepted a job as president of a university and left town, leaving behind the mess he had created..

By 1918 the public realized Holland had erred, and under considerable public pressure, the school board separated the schools at the end of the 1918 school year.

Male became co-ed against the protest of its students in 1953, at which time the name was changed to Louisville Male and Girls High School. The name was never actually used and the 'and Girls' was dropped very quickly. Male admitted its first black students in 1956. Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville NAACP was one of its early black graduates.

Male became the first magnet/optional program in Jefferson County Public Schools in the 1970s when it was chosen as the Traditional High School. The district wished to create a structured learning environment which focused on learning fundamentals. A climate of high expectations and standards was created through the combined efforts of students, faculty, administration and parents.

Male is a school built on traditional values with its program a "philosophical" magnet called the Traditional Program. The school sends 96% of its students to post-secondary schools, and it was selected as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon award winner twice in the 1990s.

Mascot and school letter[edit]

The school's mascot is a Bulldog and it is common to refer to the school as the Male Bulldogs or even just Dogs.

The school letter is actually an H, standing for High school while the longstanding rival duPont Manual has the M as its letter. The reason behind this is as follows: Male was known originally as, "The High School." Others have suggested, that when Manual was founded, the schools had a football game to determine who would use the "M" as their school's letter. Manual then won the game, which led to a rivalry that continues to the present day. This latter explanation has little historical evidence to substantiate it.

School locations[edit]

First site – 1856–1897 – Ninth and Chestnut[edit]

This building was the first home of Louisville Male High School on its opening day, April 7, 1856. The school grew to an enrollment of over 200 young men. The first principal was W. H. Harney. He served in this position from 1856–1857. The most notable principal at this first site was Maurice "Hoss" Kirby. For eleven years, 1886–1897, Kirby dedicated his time and talents to the position of principal. The first two graduates of Male High School in 1859 were Lewis D. Kastenbine (who later became a physician in Louisville) and James S. Pirtle (later became a prominent Louisville judge). The first football game was played on November 18, 1893 (Male vs. Manual) with Male beating Manual 14-12. This marked the beginning of what is today one of the oldest high school rivalries in America.

Second site – 1898–1915 – First Street near Chestnut[edit]

Two of this sites' most notable principals are Rueben Post Halleck (1897–1912) and S.B. Tinsley (1912–1915). It was at this location that Male received its first International recognition. At the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, a Gold Medal for excellence was given to only 5 schools in the world. Male was the only high school in America to receive this Medal.

Also at this location, High School Park was established at the later Male Brook & Breckinridge school site. This was the first high school athletic facility in America. It has been in continuous use since 1901.

Third site – 1915–1991 – Corner of Brook Street and Breckinridge Street[edit]

Third site

Male continued to receive many awards of excellence during its tenure at the famed Brook and Breck location. The band and orchestra received state and national championship awards in 1927. The journalism and physics department have received national awards as well as a 1989 American High School of Excellence Award. The gymnasium completed the high school facilities in 1939 with its official title, "Pap Glenn Gymnasium" and the High School Park was renamed Maxwell Field. Notable principals at this location include J.B. Carpenter (1919–1931), W.S. Milburn (1931–1961), Dr. Irvin Rice (1977–1979), and R. Ted Boehm (1979–1992). The building now hosts the city's main Salvation Army center.

Fourth site – 1991–present – 4409 Preston Highway[edit]

Fourth site

In August 1991, Male moved to its current campus at 4409 Preston Highway, an educational facility that doubled the instructional, laboratory, library, and campus space. Since it has moved to this location, the school has won two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon awards. The site was previously Sallie P. Durrett High School, which became the Durrett Education Center in the early 1980s and was used by Jefferson County Public Schools Library Media Services until 1991. The adjoining Gheens Academy, which opened in 1983, was previously Prestonia Elementary School. Notable principals include Joseph Burks Jr. and David Wilson.

Present day[edit]


The school, like its rival du Pont Manual, runs a unique curriculum that is different from the other public high schools in the city. All students participate in the College Preparatory Program so as to guarantee the transition to higher education is as smooth as possible.

Students have an opportunity to graduate with a Commonwealth Diploma.[3] Which is above and beyond the required units to graduate high school by Jefferson County. One of the stipulations is the successful completion (i.e., receiving a grade of “C” or its equivalent) in 4 AP courses in the areas of English, Science/Mathematics, Foreign Language, and Elective.


Louisville Male adheres to a strict dress code, stipulating (amongst other requirements) that students wear neatly tucked-in shirts, belts, few piercings (two for girls' ears, none for boys'), hair of even color and length (boys' sideburns and bangs may not be more than two inches—51 millimeters—long), and without visible tattoos or markings. Students may wear solid purple, gold, white, or black emblemless polo shirts, and plain black, navy, or khaki pants; exceptionally, on Fridays ("Spirit Day"), students may choose from a variety of school "Spirit" shirts with blue jeans.

The guidelines and strict rules are designed to give students a clean and professional appearance, and to level the appearance of all; for, as a magnet school, students come from the entire city and from different social and economic backgrounds.


Getting into the high school is virtually impossible unless previous enrolled in one of the 3 traditional program magnet middle schools, Johnson Middle (Southwest), Jefferson County Traditional Middle (Middle East) and Barret Traditional Middle (Northeast and East). The traditional program works on a lottery system where you are given an equal chance as everyone else to get your student into the school. Only students from the feeder schools are automatically accepted. However, if they give up their spot freshmen year they can not retain it on special status.


On Saturday, November 18, 1893, the annual Male-Manual football rivalry, the longest running, continuously played, high school football series in Kentucky, began. Their football team is a perennial state power, and in addition to its long-running rivalry with Manual, Male is also a close rival with St. Xavier High School, with the annual contest usually determining the fate of the district champion; however, due to the state's realignment of high school football into a six-class system starting in 2007–08, Male is the third winningest football program in the United States and the winningest program in Kentucky.[4] Male also has a rivalry with Trinity High School in football. The school offers football (State Championships: 6)(State Runner-ups:3),[5] basketball (State Championships: 4)(State Runner-ups: 5),[6] baseball (State Championship: 1944), tennis, soccer, field hockey, wrestling, swimming, track and field (5-Peat State Championship Winners: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and lacrosse

Sports championships[edit]

Championship Years Won
District Champion 1983,1985,1986,1987,1990,1992,1995,1996,1997,1999,2000,2001
Region Champion 1944,1954,1984,1987,1990,1992,1995,2003,2010
State Final Four 1944,1954,2003,2010
State Runner-Up 1954,2003
State Champion 1944
Championship Years Won
Region Champion 1932,1933,1944,1945,1946,1947,1948,1950,1954,1966,1970,1971
State Runner-Up 1932,1966,1973,1974,2001
State Champion 1945,1970,1971,1975
Championship Years Won
Region Runner-up 1985,1986,1988,1989,1992,1997,1999,2003,2006,2007,2009
Region Champion 1993,1998,2000,2001,2002,2008,2010, 2013
State Runner-Up 2001,2002,2010
State Champion 1952,1960,1963,1964,1993,1998,2000
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1941,1942,1944,1945,1946,1947,1948
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1983
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1921,1923,1924,1927,1929,1932,1936,1942,1943,1945,1946,1947
1948,1949,1952,1966,1967,1968,1969,1970, 1971,1972,1994,1995,
Championship Years Won
Region Champion 1987,1994,1996
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1993,1994
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1966,1968,1972

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Students participate in several clubs and organizations:[17]

  • Art Club
  • Band (Marching, Concert, Symphonic)
  • Beta Club
  • Brook 'n' Breck Newspaper
  • Chorus (Boys, Girls)
  • Drama Club
  • FBLA
  • FCA
  • FCA
  • Governor's Scholars
  • French Honor Society
  • JROTC (Drill Team, Color Guard, Rifle Team, Raider Team)
  • Lacrosse
  • Latin Club
  • Latin Honor Society
  • Literary Magazine
  • Marine Biology
  • Math Team
  • Men of Quality
  • MTRP
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Honor Society
  • Orchestra
  • Peer Mediation
  • Quick Recall (Varsity, JV)
  • Recycling Squad
  • Red Cross
  • SAM (serving at male)
  • Show Choir (Boys, Girls)
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Speech & Debate
  • Student Senate
  • Student Technology Leadership Program
  • Women of Quality
  • Writing Team
  • Yearbook
  • YMCA Club

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class Notability
Valerie Coleman 1989 Classical Flutist and Composer. Founder of the 2005 nominated ensemble Imani Winds[18]
Chris Barclay professional football player[19]
Ralph Beard 1945 professional basketball player[20]
Rick Bolus 1968 Nations Top Prep Basketball Analyst[citation needed]
Winston Bennett 1983 professional basketball player[21]
Porter Bibb the first publisher of Rolling Stone[citation needed]
Emery Bopp 1942 artist[citation needed]
Louis Brandeis 1870 U.S. Supreme Court Justice[citation needed]
Jametrius Brasher 2009 semi-professional basketball player for Louisville Flash, 1000 point scorer at Spalding University[citation needed]
Michael Bush 2003 professional football player[22]
Tony Driver 1996 professional football player for Notre Dame and the Buffalo Bills[23]
Trent Findley professional football player[citation needed]
Abraham Flexner reformed medical education in the United States[citation needed]
Charles Grawemeyer 1929.5 industrialist, entrepreneur and investor, created the Grawemeyer Award[citation needed]
Marcus Green 2001 professional football player[24]
Sean Green Major League Baseball Pitcher[25]
Darrell Griffith 1976 professional basketball player[26]
John R. Harper engineer, inventor, politician[citation needed]
William B. Harrison former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]
Angelo Henderson 1980 Pulitzer Prize winner[citation needed]
D.J. Johnson Professional football player[27]
Neville Miller 1912 former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]
William Burke Miller Pulitzer Prize winner[citation needed]
Warren Oates 1945 noted film actor
Larry O'Bannon basketball player who plays for Hapoel Eilat B.C. in Israel[citation needed]
Joseph T. O'Neal former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]
Chris Redman 1995 professional football player[28]
Lee Roberson 1923 notable Baptist pastor, and founder, president and chancellor of Tennessee Temple University and Temple Baptist Seminary[citation needed]
Edliff Slaughter 1920 LMHS's first All-American football player[citation needed]
Louis S. Slung 1929.5 Pulitzer Prize winner[citation needed]
Hunter S. Thompson 1955 gonzo journalist, writer, novelist, political commentator[citation needed]
George Weissinger Smith 1883 former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]
Wilson Wyatt former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2009–2010 Audited School Enrollments (in alphabetic order)" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. January 14, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Institution Summary". AdvancED. 1913-12-31. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Commonwealth Diploma". Wayback.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Final Football Alignment for 2007–2008 Through 2008–2009" (PDF). KHSAA. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Past Khsaa State Football Champions". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  6. ^ "State Tournament Game-By-Game Results 1916-2012". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  7. ^ http://wayback.archive.org/web/20120407030441/http://www.khsaa.org/Publications/Records/Baseball/finals/rb/
  8. ^ "Male HS Baseball Championships". Malehsbaseball.com. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  9. ^ "All-Time Regional Champions". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Male Playoff History". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  11. ^ "Boys Golf Team State Titles". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  12. ^ "Boys Soccer State Titles". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  13. ^ "Boys Track State Titles". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  14. ^ "Kentucky Girls’ Basketball Regional Champions". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  15. ^ "Past Khsaa Girls' Soccer State Championship Results". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  16. ^ "Girls Track State Titles". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  17. ^ "Male HS Clubs". Jefferson.k12.ky.us. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  18. ^ Coleman, Valerie. http://www.imaniwinds.com.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Chris Barclay". NFL Enterpriss LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ralph Milton Beard". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Winston Bennett". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Michael Bush". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Tony Driver". Pro-Footabll-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Marcus Green". Pro-Footabll-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Sean Green Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Darrell Griffith". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  27. ^ "D.J. Johnson". databseFootball.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Chris Redman". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013.