Lake Highland Preparatory School

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Lake Highland Preparatory School
LHPS seal.png
Cultivating Intellect & Character
901 N. Highland Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32803
United States
28°33′29″N 81°22′19″W / 28.558°N 81.372°W / 28.558; -81.372Coordinates: 28°33′29″N 81°22′19″W / 28.558°N 81.372°W / 28.558; -81.372
School type Private school
Established 1970
President David Rowe
Grades PK-12
Enrollment 2,500
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Red      and White     
Mascot Highlanders
Highlanders logo

Lake Highland Preparatory School is a 42-acre (170,000 m2) private school in Orlando, Florida that was founded in 1970. It is the largest private school in Orlando. Lake Highland Preparatory School is a Pre-K through 12, coeducational, private, day school situated on a 42-acre (170,000 m2) campus on Lake Highland in the heart of Orlando (901 N. Highland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803). Lake Highland is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of College and Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. The total enrollment for 2009-2010 is 2,500 students, PK-12.[1]


According to the LHPS website, Lake Highland Preparatory School is dedicated to an academic program that stimulates, inspires and challenges its students. Knowledge and skill acquisition form the basis of our academics. Additionally, carefully planned experiences leading to the awe of discovery, observation, and exploration are key components of the learning process in all disciplines and in all classroom settings.[2]

Science Department[edit]

The science department at Lake Highland sports over 19 classes. Those include 4 different Biology classes, 4 different Chemistry classes, 3 different Physics classes, Engineering, Anatomy, Forensics, 2 different Environmental Science classes, Advanced Marine Research, Biotechnology, and Advanced Research.[3]

Math Department[edit]

The math department at Lake Highland consists of over 15 classes including Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, and Logic and Semantics. Lake Highland requires students take 4 straight years of math.[4]


LHPS athletic teams are called the Highlanders. Former head football coach Frank Prendergast serves as the school's athletic director.[5] In 2012, 27 of the school's 200 graduating seniors signed to play for college teams.[6] The Highlanders compete in the Florida High School Athletic Association; however, different teams compete in different districts of the FHSAA. For example, the football team competes at the 2B level, while the basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer teams participate in the 3A district. All other teams compete in the 1A district.

Most athletics facilities are located on-campus. Football and soccer teams play on Holloway Field at CNL Stadium (often shortened to "CNL Stadium" or "the Field"), while the basketball and volleyball teams compete inside the Weng Family Gymnasium (commonly referred to as "the Gym"). The baseball team uses Tinker Field as their home baseball stadium.

Historically, Trinity Preparatory School has been Lake Highland's primary athletic rival,[7] mirroring their academic rivalry. Recently, Lake Highland moved out of Trinity's division, thus ending the annual football rivalry. Lake Highland and Trinity still participate in the same division in most other sports. Bishop Moore High School has supplanted Trinity as LHP's annual football rival.

Former major league baseball pitcher Frank Viola spent 10 years coaching at Lake Highland, 6 of them as head baseball coach.[8]

After school programs[edit]

The Orlando Hoshuko, a weekend supplementary school for Japanese children, holds its classes at the school.[9]

The Lake Highland Lincoln–Douglas debate team was tied for the team with the most bids to the Tournament of Champions (debate) in the country in the 2015-6 season.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

Noted former students include:


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