Lakota Local School District (Butler County)
|Lakota Local Schools|
|West Chester and Liberty Townships
|Students and staff|
|Athletic conference||Greater Miami Conference|
|Website||Lakota Local Schools|
Lakota Local Schools is a public school district serving students from West Chester and Liberty Township in Butler County, and numerous municipalities in suburban Cincinnati. Serving nearly 18,500 students, it is the largest school district in Butler County, third largest in southwestern Ohio and the seventh largest in the U.S. state of Ohio. It operates four early childhood (PK-1) schools, ten elementary schools, four junior high schools and two high schools.
Lakota was rated 'Excellent with Distinction' in the most recent Ohio Department of Education report card (2010-11), ranking in the top 7% of school districts statewide. They met 26 of 26 state indicators and had a graduation rate of over 95%. It is the largest school district in the state to earn the 'Excellent' designation.
The current superintendent as of July 2011is Dr. Karen Mantia.
The district in its current configuration was established in 1957 after the Union and Liberty school districts were combined. The district was originally known as the Liberty-Union School District and was renamed to Lakota Local School District in 1970.
Two of the district's schools, Union Elementary (1916) and Liberty Elementary (1928), were built prior to the consolidation and are still standing. In 1959, the Board of Education built a high school for the district; three years later, a third elementary (Hopewell) was added.
From 1969 to 1978, three junior schools were built. The first, Lakota Junior School (1969), was built next to the high school and was later used as a freshman wing of the high school, and then the Lakota Early Childhood Center. It is now used to house the Creekside Early Childhood School. Hopewell Junior was opened in 1973, and Lakota Junior was replaced by Liberty Junior when it opened in 1976. Adena Elementary became the district's fourth when it opened in 1978.
Freedom Elementary opened in 1988, the same year an addition was built onto the high school. Two years later in 1990, Woodland and Shawnee elementary opened their doors. From 1992-1994, three new elementary schools (Heritage-1992, Cherokee, and Independence-1994), and a separate freshman building (1993) were built, as well as additions to six other buildings.
1997 marked the largest expansion to the Lakota district. In that year, two new high schools were opened (Lakota East and Lakota West). Freshmen were moved to the old high school building, and the freshman building became a third junior school (Lakota Ridge). Kindergarten students from most of the elementary schools were consolidated into the Lakota Early Childhood Center, which also holds preschool classes.
In 2003, Van Gorden Elementary (named after the family that donated the land it sits on) and Lakota Plains Junior School were opened, along with a new Central Office Building.
Starting from the school year 2007–08, there were many transfers throughout the district. New schools were being built and some students, as well as staff, were relocated to new schools. Lakota East Freshman school opened in the 2008–2009 school year for students who will attend Lakota East. The building that once contained freshmen for both high schools (which was once the old high school itself previous to 1997), became Lakota West Freshman for the students who will attend Lakota West.
The Lakota district competes in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) in 24 varsity sports.
|1983||Boys Cross Country||Lakota|
|1984||Girls Cross Country||Lakota|
|1999||Girls Soccer||Lakota West|
|2000||Boys Golf||Lakota West|
|2006||Girls Golf||Lakota West|
|2007||Boys Baseball||Lakota West|
|2011||Boys Baseball||Lakota East|
|1990||Karl Bludworth||Wrestling - 103 Weight Class|
|1998||Brian Godsey||Track - 3200 Meter Run|
|Brian Godsey||Cross Country|
|2000||Lindsey Zinn||Cross Country|
|2001||Hetag Pliev||Wrestling - 171 Weight Class|
|Lindsey Zinn||Track - 1600 Meter Run|
|Erik Reynolds||Track - High Jump|
|2002||Hetag Pliev||Wrestling - 189 Weight Class|
|2004||Tony Johnson||Wrestling - 275 Weight Class|
|2005||Matthew Peters, Chris Keefer,
William Johnson, Jason Fisher
|Track - 3200 Meter Relay|
|2001||Matt McIntire||Wrestling - 135 Weight Class|
|2002||Matt McIntire||Wrestling - 140 Weight Class|
|2003||Zach Flake||Wrestling - 135 Weight Class|
|2006||Amanda Burger||Cross Country|
|2007||Bo Touris||wrestling 112 Weight Class|
- Lakota East High School
- Lakota West High School
- Lakota East Freshman Campus(1991)
- Lakota West Freshman Campus(1990)
- Hopewell Junior School
- Liberty Junior School
- Lakota Plains Junior School
- Lakota Ridge Junior School
- Adena Elementary School
- Cherokee Elementary School
- Endeavor Elementary School
- Freedom Elementary School
- Heritage Elementary School
- Hopewell Elementary School
- Independence Elementary School
- Union Elementary School
- Van Gorden Elementary School
- Woodland Elementary School
- Creekside Early Childhood School
- Liberty Early Childhood School
- Shawnee Early Childhood School
- Wyandot Early Childhood School (K-1 only)