Lawrence Central High School

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Lawrence Central High School
7300 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
United States
Coordinates 39°51′23″N 86°02′23″W / 39.85639°N 86.03972°W / 39.85639; -86.03972Coordinates: 39°51′23″N 86°02′23″W / 39.85639°N 86.03972°W / 39.85639; -86.03972
Type Public high school
Established 1941
School district M S D Lawrence Township
Principal Franklyn Bush
Faculty 118
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,500+ (2018-2019)
Athletics Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference
Team name Bears

Lawrence Central High School (LCHS) is a high school with more than 3,500 students, in northeast Marion County, Indiana.


It was established in 1940 and is one of two high schools in the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township. [1]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • "We, the People ... the Citizen and the Constitution Debate Team" district-level winners every year since 1995 (1995, 1997, 2000, and 2003 state champions)
  • Highest number of Indiana University Honors Program participants in foreign language of any state high school in 2000-2001.
  • Spanish Club - 1st in state
  • Finalists in the National African-American Achievement Program
  • Quill and Scroll - national winner in sports writing
  • All-American Cub Reporter
  • DECA state and national winners
  • S. Michael Bryant - Visiting Lecturer of the Year
  • The "Spirit of Central" Marching Band has won the 1997, 1998, 2000, & 2008 ISSMA State Marching Band Field Show and was named the Bands of America Grand National Champion in 2001 & 2004
  • The "Central Sound" Lawrence Central's top Mixed Showchoir received Grand Champion at Warren Central's Circle City Classic Invitational, Center Grove's Best of the Midwest Competition, and also won North Central's MIC Choral Invitational with multiple caption awards.

The school officially joined the International Baccalaureate Programme in July 2003. One of 430 schools in the world to offer this program. In 2005, it claimed above-average graduation and attendance rates of 96.1% and 97.3%, respectively.[citation needed]


LC athletic teams have enjoyed success, including recent state titles in baseball and both men's and Women's Track and Field. Past success in Conference Indiana has been enjoyed by the football team, with several championships in the early 2000s as well as a 5A State Runner-up finish in 2010. LC's football team went on to become the 2012 5A state champions. The Men's Track and Field team won state championships in 1998 and 2005. The LC gymnastics team won its first team state title in 2007. LC has also enjoyed titles of sectional, regional and state level in individual wrestling, women's cross country, and men's and women's track champions.

As of 2013, Lawrence Central High School left Conference Indiana and joined the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.

Performing arts[edit]

The Lawrence Central Marching Band (the "Spirit of Central Marching Band & Guard") is a two-time Bands of America Grand National Champion, receiving the award in 2001 and 2004. The marching band is also the 2002 BOA Grand National Runner-Up and 2008 Grand National Second Runner-Up. At BOA Grand National Finals, the marching band has won the Outstanding Visual caption award in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008 (tie-Avon High School). The marching band has been a consistent BOA Grand National Finalist since 1996. The marching band has also won the ISSMA State Marching Band Championship in 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2008. The marching band has also performed in multiple parades, including the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade in 1996 and 2002, the Hollywood Christmas Parade in 1999, the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2005, the 2006 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the 2008 Fiesta Bowl Parade. At the 2008 Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship, the band won first place and the Grand Master Trophy. They are also the first band to win in the new Lucas Oil Stadium(Four Times) and the first to achieve a perfect score in the percussion sub-caption in 2008. The Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra at Lawrence Central also both won their respective titles as ISSMA State Champions in 2005, as they have on a few occasions in the past, including a recent 2008 win. Lawrence Central is also home to two award-winning show choirs. "Central Sound" and "Sweet Sensation", who both compete in the ISSMA State Show choir competition along with other invitationals throughout the year.For the last three years "Sweet Sensation" has placed a respectable third place at the State Competition and placed first at Center Grove in 2008 and also at Anderson HS in 2007. The Central Sound was undefeated at all of the regional competitions they attended in 2009. Central Sound placed 3rd in the Nation at the Showstoppers Invitational in Orlando, Fl in 2009. Other performing arts programs include Thespian Society, Winter Guard, and Jazz Ensemble, as well as an award-winning speech team.

The Lawrence Central Performing Arts Association ([1]) is the "umbrella" parent-teacher organization which engages families in activities involving each or all of the performing arts programs. It provides a novel approach through collaborative support, uniting all members in activities, regardless of which group their child is in, to benefit the program as a whole. Activities include fund-raising, volunteerism, and public relations. The website in the above link is updated weekly to keep families informed.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Lawrence Central has many extracurricular clubs and activities. Currently these extracurricular activities are available: Anime Club, Bowling Club, Best Buddies, Cub Reporter, Color Guard, Chess Club, Choir, Classic Gaming Club, Cross Country, Dance, Drama (Musicals and Plays), Euchre Club, International Thespian Society, Jazz Band, Key Club, LC Latinos, LC Players, National Honor Society, PEERS, Pep Band, Rock Climbing, Science Club, Show Choir, Skiing, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Swimming and Diving, Bears' Den Yearbook, Winter Guard, Marching Band, Marching Orchestra, German Club, Tribal Regime, Corpse Corps, Parcheesi Club, LaRue Carter Club, Epic Spore Club.

Notable alumni[edit]

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