Lakota Local School District (Butler County)

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Lakota Local Schools
West Chester and Liberty Townships
United States
District information
Type Public-Suburban
Grades K-12
Established 1956
Superintendent Matt Miller
Students and staff
Students 18,426 (2010-11)
Athletic conference Greater Miami Conference
Other information
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 2011 (2011-07) is 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.

State Team Championships (OHSAA)
1983 Boys Cross Country Lakota
1984 Girls Cross Country Lakota
1992 Boys Basketball Lakota
1994 Girls Volleyball 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
Individual Lakota State Champions
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


Secondary (9-12)[edit]

Middle (7-8)[edit]

  • Hopewell Junior School
  • Liberty Junior School
  • Lakota Plains Junior School
  • Lakota Ridge Junior School

Elementary (2-6)[edit]

  • 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

Primary (PK-1)[edit]

  • Creekside Early Childhood School
  • Liberty Early Childhood School
  • Shawnee Early Childhood School
  • Wyandot Early Childhood School (K-1 only)

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