Lakeland High School (Virginia)
|Lakeland High School: Home of the Cavaliers|
|214 Kenyon Road
Suffolk, Virginia 23434
|School type||Public high school|
|Motto||Making the world a better world, one student at a time|
|School district||Suffolk Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Deran R. Whitney|
|Principal||Mr. Douglas Wagoner|
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue, Navy Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League
|Rival||King's Fork High School
Nansemond River High School
|Feeder schools||John F. Kennedy Middle
King's Fork Middle
Forest Glen Middle
Lakeland High School is a public secondary school in Suffolk, Virginia, United States. It opened in September 1990 and originally consisted of students from the four former high schools of John F. Kennedy High School, Forest Glen High School, John Yeates High School, and Suffolk High School.
Lakeland opened its doors to approximately 1800 students. The student population swelled to nearly 2600 students in 2003, and in 2004 a new high school, King's Fork, opened. As a result of the population dropping in the 2004-2005 school year to about 1400 students. However, the following year, the school opened its doors to about 1800 students once again. The current principal of this school is Dr. Thomas Whitley, and the assistant principals, or administrators, are Mr. Douglas Wagoner, Mrs. Brenda Ingram, and Mr. Dale Kittle.
As a result of rezoning, the school district makes up the southern third of Suffolk, encompassing urban and suburban areas in and around the Downtown area, and reaching south and westward into the rural reaches of the City.
Athletics and extracurricular activities
- The Cavaliers compete within the AAA Southeastern District along with Deep Creek, Great Bridge High School, Hickory High School, Indian River High School, Oscar F. Smith High School, Western Branch High School, and crosstown rivals King's Fork High School and Nansemond River High School.
- The Lakeland "Cavaliers" are competitive in Boys Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Track and Field, Baseball and Basketball. The Field Hockey program is a Southeastern Virginia powerhouse. In 2010, the Varsity Field Hockey team won their 11th consecutive Southeastern District Championship and earned their 10th Southeastern District Tournament Championship title. They moved on to make school history again when they became the Eastern Regional Champions and Virginia AAA State Field Hockey Champions, bringing home their first title in each. They finished an unbeaten season 24-0 . Along with the State Title, Lakeland Varsity Field Hockey Team also earned the State Sportsmanship Award for the entire State of Virginia for the second consecutive year. The team was ranked 4th in the entire Nation according to topofthecircle.com in 2010.In 2011, with just seven returning Varsity Field Hockey Student-Athletes,and eight new Student-Athletes, LHS Varsity FH Team went on to win its 12th consecutive Southeastern District Championship, its 11th consecutive Southeastern District Tournament Championship, and made it to the Regional Quarter Finals in 2011.
- Lakeland's "Quiet Storm" marching band played in the National Memorial Day Parade on May 31, 2010. Lakeland was the only high school in Virginia invited to send a band to perform in the prestigious event.