Laconia High School (New Hampshire)
|Laconia High School|
|Laconia, New Hampshire
|Motto||Pride, Leadership, Honor|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
Coordinates: Laconia High School is a public high school in Laconia, New Hampshire, United States, serving grades 9 through 12. As of the 2006-2007 school year, there are over 807 students enrolled. The school's mascot is the Sachem.
LHS is home to the J. Oliva Huot Technical Center.
Laconia High first opened in the fall of 1875 at its original campus on Academy Street, in the South End neighborhood of Laconia. In 1878, the first class graduated with nine students. In 1923, the school moved to its current campus on Union Avenue to accommodate the increased enrollment. In 1936, a separate practical arts wing was added to the Union Avenue campus. Later additions include the J. Oliva Huot Technical Center wing in 1976 and subsequent renovations in 1983. From 2012-2013 Laconia High School is undergoing a major renovation and expansion to include a new Technical Center wing and moving the football field further behind the school.
LHS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 26 credits. The 26 credits must include all of the following: English, 4 credits; math, 3; social studies, 3; science, 3; physical education/health, 2; technology, 1; fine arts, 1; and 9 credits of general electives. Due to schedule changes, members of the Class of 2010 must earn a minimum of 22 credits and members of the Class of 2011 must earn a minimum of 24 credits. A student receives one credit per one class per one semester. Students in grades 9-11 must take a full course load each semester, but seniors can reduce the course load as a senior privilege.
Grades are based on a scale of 0-100. The school does not calculate GPA; instead, students accumulate "Quality Points" over their four-year career. Quality points are weighted with the following multipliers: AP, 1.09; Honors, 1.06; Accelerated, 1.03; Others, 1.00.
Clubs, organizations, and activities
Laconia has over 20 clubs, organizations, and activities. These allow students to get involved in their school community. Some of the more prominent clubs include; Student Council, Key Club, Drama, Band, Color Guard, Math Team, FBLA, Junior Achievement, and Yearbook.
Clubs often hold many events and fundraisers throughout the year, including the following;
- Key Club: Mr. LHS
- Student Council: Homecoming, Talent Show, Winter Carnival, Semi Formal
- Drama Club: performances in the fall, winter, and a spring musical
Sports were first introduced at Laconia in 1923 with the move to Union Avenue. With the 6-acre (24,000 m2) campus and the new building equipped with a gymnasium, the school was able to offer football, basketball, and baseball for men during the fall, winter, and spring months, respectively. Later in the 1920s, field hockey was the first sport to be offered to girls.
Currently, there are eight varsity sports offered for men, nine varsity sports offered for women, and two coed varsity sports at LHS. Laconia competes in the Intermediate Class (Class I) of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association. The following sports are offered:
|Girls' Field Hockey, Varsity and Junior Varsity
Boys' Football, Varsity and Junior Varsity
|Boys' Basketball, Varsity and Junior Varsity
Girls' Basketball, Varsity and Junior Varsity
|Boys' Baseball, Varsity and Junior Varsity
Girls' Softball, Varsity and Junior Varsity
Laconia has historically been strong at football, winning 10 championships and appearing in the finals 20 times in the last six decades. The Sachems Football team won the NH Division IV finals against Hanover in the fall of 2007, 35-14, to complete their undefeated 11-0 season and their first championship since 1999.
- Heidi Marie Noyes, Miss New Hampshire 1998
- Penny Pitou (Class of 1956), Olympic silver medalist, 1960 Squaw Valley, Downhill & Giant Slalom
- Paul Rothemund (Class of 1990), 2007 MacArthur Fellow
- Steve Stetson (Class of 1969), college football player and head coach
- "NH District Enrollment". Retrieved 2008-01-08.[permanent dead link]
- "Program of studies 2009-2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-20.[dead link]
- "State champs! Laconia handles Hanover for D-IV title". The Citizen of Laconia. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-08.[permanent dead link]
- Heidi Marie Noyes Miss America Profile. Retrieved on 27 January 2011.
- Steve Stetson's Hamilton coach bio. Retrieved on 3 March 2010.