Lakewood High School (Lakewood, Ohio)

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Lakewood High School
14100 Franklin Boulevard
Lakewood, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County) 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 high school
School district Lakewood City School District
Superintendent Jeff Patterson[1]
Principal Keith Ahearn[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,841[2] (2010)
Color(s) Purple and Gold[1]         
Athletics conference Southwestern Conference
Team name Rangers[1]
Newspaper Lakewood Times
Athletic Director Sean Jackson[1]

Lakewood High School is a public high school located in Lakewood, Ohio, west of Cleveland. The school colors are purple and gold. 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 school underwent renovation which started late 2007 and took a while due to budget difficulties and overconfidence in construction abilities.

The curriculum at LHS is broad and offers a wide 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. The school's newspaper, the Lakewood Times, won the Pacemaker Award, in 2000 and 2001.[3][4]

Lakewood High School Athletics[edit]

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

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

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

Ohio High School Athletic Association 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. The Lakewood Stadium complex is home to the school's football, soccer, track & field, tennis, and baseball teams. The complex is used for numerous sporting events, including playoff football games and home football games for nearby St. Edward High School, which is located a few blocks away. The football field was renovated recently with the installation of FieldTurf prior to the 2007-2008 school year. First Federal of Lakewood purchased naming rights to the stadium in 2012. It can seat 8,000 people with standing room for an additional 2,000.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable former faculty[edit]

Marching Band[edit]

The Lakewood High School "Ranger" Marching Band was voted "Best High School Marching Band" in the Greater Cleveland area in Cleveland Magazine's "Best of Cleveland" contest in 2006.

The 2008 LHS Ranger 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. The band participates in several invitational band festivals, including its own, as well as the Fourth of July Parade, the Lakewood Community Festival, the LHS Spirit Parade, and the Lakewood Veteran's Day program.

The LHS Ranger Marching Band is directed by Clinton Steinbrunner, is currently assisted by John Blasko. The band went to Kitchener, Ontario for the Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest Parade in 1997 and 2001. In 2000, the band went to the BCS National Championship Game between Virginia Tech and Florida State in New Orleans, Louisiana (being the only band from Ohio) for the pre-game and halftime shows. Also, in 2003 they performed during the halftime show of the Outback Bowl in Tampa. In 2009, they traveled to Dallas, Texas to play at the Cotton Bowl (also the only band from Ohio).

Every year, the Ranger Marching Band has an annual festival joining about ten marching bands from around Ohio, 2010 being the 24th year. In the past, Lakewood has invited high school marching bands, such as the Brecksville-Broadview Heights "Bees", Euclid "Panthers", Westlake "Demons", Bay Village "Rockets", Rocky River "Pirates", and the Vermilion "Sailors", as well as college marching bands from the area, including The University of Akron "Zips" Marching Band, The University of Toledo "Rockets" Marching Band, and The Ohio State University Marching Band.

Clubs and activities[edit]

The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[10] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[11] The Lakewood High School Pretentious Club was founded in the winter of 2010. The club considers itself to be "exclusively inclusive" and holds meetings once a month.

Image gallery[edit]

Related links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ "Lakewood High School 2008-2009 School Year Report Card" (PDF). Ohio Department of Education Local Report Card Files. Ohio Department of Education. Retrieved 7 October 2009. 
  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. ^ "Player Profile: Summer Erb". 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ "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.