Lake Travis High School

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Lake Travis High School
3324 Ranch Road 620 South
Austin, Texas 78738
United States
Coordinates 30°19′38″N 97°58′10″W / 30.327342°N 97.969444°W / 30.327342; -97.969444Coordinates: 30°19′38″N 97°58′10″W / 30.327342°N 97.969444°W / 30.327342; -97.969444
Type Public High School
Established 1981
School district Lake Travis Independent School District
Superintendent Brad Lancaster
Faculty 190
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 2,561[1] (2014-2015)
Color(s) Red, Black, Silver and White                 
Nickname Cavaliers
Information 512-533-6100

Lake Travis High School is a public high school located in unincorporated Travis County, Texas, United States, approximately 20 miles west of Austin, near Lake Travis. The preparatory is accredited by the Texas Education Agency and rated as an exemplary secondary by TEA standards.[4] LTHS serves students in grades nine through twelve who live in southwest Travis County and is part of the Lake Travis Independent School District. LTHS and LTISD were both established in 1981 after splitting from the Dripping Springs Independent School District.[5] The current high school was built in 1988.[citation needed] Because of major growth in the Austin Metropolitan Area, the high school has undergone several expansion projects. Due to the increase in student population, LTHS was reclassified in 2012 as a member of the UIL 5A conference. LTHS was again reclassified in 2014 when Texas added a 6A classification.

As the only high school in LTISD, it serves Bee Cave, Briarcliff, Lakeway, The Hills, and Hudson Bend,[6] along with 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of land within the City of Austin.[7]

The Cavalier football team won five consecutive state championships, from 2007-2011 and a sixth in 2016; the only Texas football team to accomplish this feat.[8]

History and academics[edit]

Lake Travis High School
Lake Travis HS

Lake Travis High School has more than 200 academic courses including 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 30 Pre-AP/Honors courses.[9] The school also offers students membership in more than 50 student clubs and organizations.[10] Lake Travis HS offers elective courses which are housed within the Institutes of Study, a comprehensive academic program that allows students to pursue an area of study in depth. The six Institutes of Study are: Institute of Advanced Sciences & Medicine, Institute of Business, Finance & Marketing, Institute of Veterinary & Agricultural Science, Institute of Humanities, Technology & Communications, Institute of Math, Engineering & Architecture, and the Institute of Fine Arts. A special education program also exists to meet the needs of identified students.[11] Lake Travis won the UIL-4A Lone Star Cup for the 2011-2012 school year. The cup is awarded to the states overall top high school based on academic and athletic achievements.

Student demographics[edit]

As of the 2010-2011 school year, Lake Travis HS's racial diversity is 73.5% White, 17.4% Hispanic, 3.6% Asian, 3.6% identified as two or more races, 1.5% Black and 0.4% other.[12] The Texas Education Agency also reports the demographics of staff, in 2009-10 faculty racial composition was 89% White, 7% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% African American, and 1% other.[13]

SAT scores[edit]

The average SAT scores for the Class of 2010 was 1674 which beat the state average of 1462 and the national average of 1509.[11]




A football game of the Lake Travis Cavaliers vs the Cedar Park Timberwolves.

The Football sports team are the "Cavaliers", named after the mascot of the school with uniform colors being red and black. In 2011, Lake Travis High School became the first football program in Texas to have won five straight state championships.[14][15][16] In the 2007 season, Lake Travis won its first ever football state championship against Highland Park 36-34. In 2008 LT defeated Longview 48-23 in the championship game. In 2009 LT had another undefeated season, once again beating Longview (24-17) in the 2009 Texas 4A Championship Game. In 2010 LT reached the UIL 4A State Championship Game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. In that game LT defeated the #3 ranked Denton Ryan Raiders 27-7; giving the Cavs their fourth consecutive state championship, making them the only 4A or 5A Texas school to accomplish this feat.[17] In 2011, the Cavs again went undefeated, and defeated Waco Midway 22-7 in the state championship game. Lake Travis became the first Texas football program to win five consecutive state titles.[18] In 2016 the Cavaliers won their sixth state championship.[19]


Lake Travis won the Texas State High School Rugby Championship in 2013 and is ranked 18th in the nation after only three seasons in existence. They outscored their division opponents 247 - 0 and all opponents through their championship victory 401 - 24.[20][21]


Swimming and Diving[edit]


Lake Travis won the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Senior and Junior High School National Championship held December 28–29, 2008 at the Dallas Convention Center.[22]


The boys team won the 3A state title in 1997, the 4A state title in 2011 and 2012, and the 5A state title in 2013. The girls team also won the 5A state title in 2013 [23] and 2015. [24] In 2011 and 2012, the boys varsity golf team were also winners of the UIL 4A State Championship which added to Lake Travis's athletic success.




Members of the Lake Travis HS Volleyball Team are known as the Lady Cavs. The team won the Texas 4A State Championship in 2010 and 2011.[25] They were also ranked by PrepVolleyball as the number one high school volleyball team in the nation.[citation needed]

In 2010, the Lady Cav Volleyball Team became the first LTHS girls team to win a state championship. The following year, in 2011, the Lady Cavs were ranked as the number one high school volleyball team in the nation. They finished with a 50-0 record and a second straight state title.[26]

Cross Country[edit]

Fine Arts[edit]

Performing Arts Center[edit]

The Lake Travis ISD Performing Arts Center houses two theaters which are staffed and operated by the LTHS Technical Theatre Department.

  • Concert Hall: 1500-seats, dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces, scenic construction shop, various other production shops, lobby/front of house facilities, etc.
  • Black Box Theater: flexible seating for 250, dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces, lobby/front of house facilities, etc.


In 2012, the Lake Travis High School Drumline received first place and the title of state champion in the Percussion Scholastic A classification of the Texas Color Guard Circuit,[27] in 2013, received first place and the title of state champion in the Percussion Scholastic Marching Open classification of the Texas Color Guard Circuit.[28]


In 1985, Lake Travis High School won 1st place in the UIL 2AA One-Act Play State Contest, performing Neil Simon's Plaza Suite. The LTHS Theatre program is divided into technical theatre and theatre arts. The program supports 3 annual productions: a fall show, musical, and UIL competition play. LTHS Theatre also offers three clubs: technical theatre, drama, and an International Thespians Society troupe.


In 2012, the Cavalettes dance/drill team performed at the Tournament of Roses Parade, marking the first time in the history of the parade that a high school drill and dance team performed an opening number. In 2013 and 2017, The Cavalettes also performed in Orlando, Florida at Downtown Disney.[29]


The LTHS Choir is divided into five main choirs, including Varsity Women's, Junior Varsity Men's, Varsity Mixed, Freshmen Choir, and Show Choir.




  • Jeff Bormaster (1981-1984)
  • Michael Lord (1984-1985)
  • Martha Stone (1985-1986)
  • George Curry (1986-1991)
  • Jeff Kuntzman (1991-1995)
  • James Michael Claypool (1995-2003)
  • Charlie Little (2003-2008)
  • Kim Brents (2008–2016)
  • Gordon Butler (2016-Present)

Notable alumni[edit]


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