Lakewood High School (Lakewood, Ohio)

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Lakewood High School
14100 Franklin Boulevard
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
United States
Coordinates 41°28′50″N 81°47′26″W / 41.48056°N 81.79056°W / 41.48056; -81.79056Coordinates: 41°28′50″N 81°47′26″W / 41.48056°N 81.79056°W / 41.48056; -81.79056
Type Public
Motto "Carpe Diem"
School district Lakewood City School District
Principal Keith Ahearn[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,742[2] (2016)
Color(s) Purple and Gold[1]          
Athletics conference Southwestern Conference
Team name Rangers[1]
Newspaper Lakewood Times

Lakewood High School is a public high school located in Lakewood, Ohio, west of Cleveland. The school colors are purple and gold and the mascot is the Ranger Man. The school athletics program is currently a member of the Southwestern Conference.

During the past years, many improvements have been made in the physical plant of the school. Improvements have included the planetarium, reading center, improved academic classrooms and offices, a 25 yard pool with separate diving well and natatorium, new cafeterias, a horticulture laboratory, an enlarged library, five computer labs, additional physical educational facilities, and extensive vocational program facilities. A building addition, referred to as "the New Building" was completed in 1970, and was necessary because of increased enrollment which included bringing the inclusion of the ninth grade in the high school. The most recent addition is the music wing which accommodates both the vocal and instrumental programs at the school. The "New Building" was completely renovated in 2007, completing in 2009 while the original building was demolished in 2015 to make way for a modern facility due to be completed in November 2017.

The curriculum at LHS offers a selection of courses in technical, vocational, art, home economics, music and business as well as the regular academic fields of English, Science, Mathematics, Languages and Social Studies. Lakewood High School currently offers 12 AP courses. Lakewood High School also offers a PLTW course to all of its students. The school's newspaper, the Lakewood Times, won the Pacemaker Award, in 2000 and 2001.[3][4]


Lakewood is currently a member of the Southwestern Conference.[5]

  • Boys:
    • Fall: Football (V-JV-FR), Cross Country (V-JV), Soccer (V-JV), Golf (V)
    • Winter: Hockey (V), Swimming (V), Wrestling (V-JV), Basketball (V-JV-FR).
    • Spring: Baseball (V-JV-FR), Tennis (V), Track (V), Volleyball.
  • Girls:
    • Fall: Cross Country (V), Soccer (V-JV), Tennis (V-JV), Volleyball (V-JV-FR).
    • Winter: Swimming (V), Gymnastics (V), Basketball (V-JV-FR).
    • Spring: Softball (V-JV), Track (V).

(Key: V: Varsity, JV: Junior Varsity, FR: Freshmen)

State championships[edit]

First Federal Lakewood Stadium[edit]

LHS Stadium

Lakewood High School's athletic field was built in 1941 and is located just south of the school building in the school's athletic complex. The stadium is used for numerous sporting events, including playoff and home football games for nearby St. Edward High School football team, which is located a few blocks away. The football field was renovated in 2007 with the installation of FieldTurf and in 2014, First Federal of Lakewood, a local bank, agreed to pay the district $320,000 for the naming rights. It can seat 8,000 people with standing room for an additional 2,000.[8]

The athletic complex is also home to the school's football, soccer, rugby, track & field, tennis, softball, and baseball teams.

Performing Arts[edit]

Lakewood High School has a number of opportunities for its students to gain experience and training in the performing arts. Multiple orchestras, orchestras, and choirs are offered as well broadcast/theater production.[9] Faculty includes nationally acclaimed music educator Elizabeth Hankins who received the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award in 2013 and was among the 10 finalists for the 2017 Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award.

Lakewood Project[edit]

The Lakewood Project, founded in 2002 by Elizabeth Hankins, is an alternative rock orchestra consisting of Lakewood High School students. 80% of its alumni continue to play and teach after graduation. The Lakewood Project has performed around the country as far as Utah and Texas.[10]

Marching Band[edit]

In 2008, the marching band consisted of over 100 musicians and over 35 auxiliaries, which are made up of the dance team (the "Rangerettes") and the flag corps. Major events the marching band have been invited to include the 2000 BCS National Championship Game in Louisiana and the 2003 Outback Bowl in Florida.

Every year, the Ranger Marching Band has an annual festival, bringing marching bands from around the state. 2017 is the 31st year of the festival. In the past, Lakewood has invited both high school and college marching bands to Lakewood First Federal Stadium. [11]

Clubs and activities[edit]

The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[12] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ "US News Best Schools". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  3. ^ 2001 National Scholastic Press Association Newspaper Pacemaker Winners
  4. ^ 2000 National Scholastic Press Association Newspaper Pacemaker Winners
  5. ^ Perry, Mike (March 20, 2013). "Midview to join SWC in 2015-16". Ohio Prep Zone. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  7. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Wrestling". Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  8. ^ . Retrieved 31 October 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Performing Arts". Lakewood City Schools. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "The Lakewood Project". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Home Page". Lakewood Ranger Marching Band. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ "OJCL Constitution". - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010. ... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL. 
  14. ^ "Player Profile: Summer Erb". 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.