Lyman High School
|Lyman High School|
"From Promising to Proven" 
|865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd.
Longwood, Florida, 32750
|School district||Seminole County Public Schools|
|Number of students||Over 2,500|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Website||Lyman Home Page|
Lyman High School is a public high school located in Longwood, Florida, a city located approximately 10 miles north of Orlando. The school, founded in 1924, has been consistently ranked among the best in the state by the Florida Department of Education. It was ranked by Newsweek as the 204th best high school in the United States and 36th in Florida in 2010. The school was als named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1982. The school is operated by Seminole County Public Schools.
The school's namesake, Howard Charles Lyman, arrived in the area upon the invitation of Congressman Charles Delemere Haines. After Seminole County voted to separate from Orange County, in 1920, the Lymans and other citizens of the area voted to incorporate the city of Altamonte Springs. By 1923, it became apparent that the established school houses in the area did not adequately meet the needs of the growing population.
At a board of trustees meeting it was suggested that the cities of Lake Mary, Longwood and Altamonte Springs consolidate and create one school building. Because of its distance from the other two cities, Lake Mary opted to create its own school, while the cities of Longwood and Altamonte Springs consolidated into one school.
Construction of the new school began in 1924. Howard Lyman died a few days before the construction of the school began. In appreciation of his work, the school was named after him. Lyman School opened in September 1924 with Howard Douglas as the principal. By 1926, the school had become an accredited junior high school, and enrolment had increased to a degree where it was necessary to add six rooms to the building. In 1929, Lyman School was accredited through the twelfth grade under the leadership of W.J. Wells, Jr.
Lyman School was renamed Lyman High School in 1963 when it became an accredited institution under the leadership of Carlton D. Henley. Three years later, Lyman High School became fully integrated, admitting its first black students in 1966. In 1969, Lyman High School moved to a newly constructed state-of-the-art campus approximately 1/4 mile to the north, while the former Lyman campus became R. T. Milwee Junior High School, named after Rayburn T. Milwee, Sr., a former Lyman teacher (1939-1949), Lyman principal (1949-1952) and Superintendent of Seminole County Schools (1952-1967). As originally envisioned, Milwee Junior High School was to become a second junior high for grades 7 through 9, feeding into Lyman along with the pre-existing South Seminole Junior High School in Casselberry. Students residing in Milwee's catchment area that were already attending South Seminole Junior High were allowed to continue attending that school and Milwee was initially established with only a 7th grade.
In 1970, Seminole County transitioned to a "middle school" concept and all existing junior high schools were redesignated as middle schools. Under this concept, all elementary schools would now incorporate mandatory kindergarten programs and accommodate students in grades K through 5. Middle schools would incorporate 6th grade students formerly in the elementary schools and accommodate grades 6 through 8. Finally, 9th grade programs previously resident in the junior high schools would transfer to the senior high schools, making all high schools grade 9 through 12 institutions. However, explosive population growth in South Seminole County during the 1960s made such a transition less than optimal. During the 1970-71 academic year, the inclusion of 9th grade students from the former South Seminole Junior High School mandated "double sessions" for the first time in Lyman High School's history. Under double sessions, approximately 50% of Lyman's students began class at 7:00am, finishing at 1:30pm. At 11:30am, the second cohort of students would arrive, finishing at 6:00pm. The comparatively new Lyman campus, originally constructed for approximately 1500 students, now housed well in excess of 2,000, especially during peak loading between 11:30am and 1:30pm, mandating the installation and use of numerous portable classrooms on the campus.
In June 1971, Milwee Middle School was closed and its 7th and 8th grade students transferred to newly completed Teague Middle School near Forest City. The former Milwee Middle School/original Lyman campus then became a "satellite campus" of Lyman High School for the 1971-72 academic year, providing additional classroom facilities for primarily 9th and 10th grade students. It was not unusual for students, especially 10th grade, to have classes on both campuses, commuting between both via shuttle bus or on foot in a manner similar to college/university students. The following academic year, 1972–73, all Lyman students returned to the main campus. That same year, Lake Brantley High School was established with 9th and 10th grade students, using the former Milwee-cum-Lyman "satellite campus" until its permanent facility in Forest City was completed in mid-1973. Lyman's last "3 year program" (grades 10-12) class graduated in 1973 and its first "4 year program" (grades 9-12) class graduated in 1974. The 1974 class was also Lyman's then-largest ever graduating class at that time, numbering over 740 students. It was also the last graduating class whose population contained students from nearly all of South Seminole County, to include the entire catchment area for Lake Brantley High School, the entire catchment areas for the later constructed Lake Howell High School and portions of the catchment areas for the later constructed Lake Mary High School and Winter Springs High School.
As principal from 1963 through 1994, Carlton Henley was primarily responsible for bringing approximately $900,000 in grant money to Lyman High School and Seminole County. Henley also developed one of the most highly technological high schools in the state, as well as the institution of the double-period schedule for students, a dropout prevention program, a staff development program for teachers, and provided leadership for the development of the most comprehensive athletic facility of any high school in the state. In 1984, he was named Florida Principal of the Year. Principal Henley retired in 1994 after more than 30 years at the helm of Lyman High School. Entering local politics, he is currently a County Commissioner representing District 4 on the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners.
The end of the Henley years had ushered in a new era for Lyman. This included the 75th Anniversary celebration in 1999 with the creation of the Lyman High School Hall of Fame and, in 2000, the creation of the Lyman High School Institute for Engineering.
Institute for Engineering
Lyman High School houses a magnet program called the Institute for Engineering, having an engineering emphasis on mathematics and science. It is an academic and technology related program designed to prepare students for advanced educational and job related experiences in fields related to engineering. Each student that wishes to "graduate" from The Institute for Engineering must complete a seventy (70) hour internship at a selected site coinciding with their specialization.
Within the Institute for Engineering there are five areas of specialization: aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, bioengineering, computer modeling and simulation, and architectural engineering and design. During the freshman year, students in the Institute are required to choose a specialization to pursue for the rest of their high school career.
The Greyhounds participate in over 20 athletic programs of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). The school competes in Division 6A and offers programs for both, boys and girls and includes freshman, junior varsity, and varsity sports.
Clubs and activities
Lyman High School has a wide variety of clubs and after school activities. These include:
Academic Team, Anime Club, Art Club, American Sign Language Club, Band (Marching and Concert), Bible Club, BPA (Business Professionals of America), Boxing, Chess Club, Chorus, College Club, Ping Pong Club, Color Guard/Dance Team, DECA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Educators of America, Future Farmers of America, Frisbee Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Greyhound Growl Newspaper, Greyhound Radio Club, International Club (Spanish/French), Latin Hip-Hop Club, Lyman Theological Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Pep Club, Photography Club, Ping-pong Team, Rowing Team, Robotics Team (FIRST FRC 2757 & FTC 3045), Rock Climbing Club, SkillsUSA, Student Government, Thespian Society, The Greyhound Yearbook, Young Democrats, Teenage Republicans, National English Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National Forensics League, Rho Kappa, and Quill & Scroll
In 2007 and 2013, it earned a 'B' grade due to its performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The same year, aerospace teacher William Yucuis was recognized as one of the 25 best teachers in the United States by USA Today.
Lyman is also host to a high school Color Guard and Winterguard program, created and instructed by Stephen Porter. Lyman is part of a High School Scholastic A unit competing for Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit and with Winter Guard International and have ranked as one of the superior color guards in the state. In 2009, Lyman "Diamonds" winterguard earned 3rd place in WGI World Finals (Scholastic A division). In 2010 the "Diamonds" were bumped up to Scholastic Open and were ranked 16th in the world. In the 2012-2013 winter guard season the Diamonds were bumped down to the scholastic a class but placed 1st at the FFCC championships and 6th place WGI championships in Dayton Ohio.
The Lyman High School Marching Greyhounds have distinguished themselves as one of the better non-competitive high school marching bands in the Central Florida region. They have had the honor of performing at notable nationally televised events. These include the Walt Disney World Holiday Parade, the Daytona 500, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival.
- James (Jim) Bacchus - Class of 1969; former US Congressman representing Florida's 11th district (102nd Congress) and 15th district (103rd Congress), and former Chairman for Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization
- G. Jason Bergenske - Class of 2004; businessman and entrepreneur / Founder, President, & CEO of Bergenske Enterprises, Inc. best known for The Barter Network
- Chris Brock - Former MLB player (Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles)
- Florida State Senator Lee Constantine - Class of 1970; representing the 22nd district of Florida (2001–present)
- Sheriff Kevin Beary - Class of 1975; Sheriff, Orange County Sheriff's Office (Florida), (1993–2009)
- Danielle Fotopoulos - Class of 1994; member of the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup Championship soccer team
- Ian Williams (football player) - Class of 2007; freshman All-American and a key football player in his four years at the Notre Dame. Although he went undrafted, he was signed as a free-agent by the San Francisco 49'ers and is currently on the 53-man roster.