Lawrence Free State High School

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Lawrence Free State High School
Free State High School Firebird Logo.png
4700 Overland Drive [1]
Lawrence, Kansas 66049
United States
Coordinates 38°58′30″N 95°18′13″W / 38.975138°N 95.303650°W / 38.975138; -95.303650Coordinates: 38°58′30″N 95°18′13″W / 38.975138°N 95.303650°W / 38.975138; -95.303650
School type Public, High School
Established 1997 [2]
School board Board Website
School district USD 497 [3]
Superintendent Rick Doll [4]
CEEB code 171691 [5]
Principal Myron Graber
Asst Principal Lisa Boyd, Mike Hill
Grades 9 to 12 [2]
Gender coed
Enrollment 1450 [2]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Hunter Green
     Silver [2]
Athletics Class 6A
Athletics conference Sunflower League
Mascot Firebird [2]
Rival Lawrence High School

Lawrence Free State High School (FSHS or LFS) is a public secondary school in Lawrence, Kansas, USA operated by Unified School District 497, and serves students of grades 9 to 12. It is one of two public high schools within the city limits of Lawrence. The current enrollment is approximately 1,450 students.[2] The school colors are hunter green and silver.[2] The current principal is Myron Graber.

Lawrence Free State is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and are known as the "Firebirds". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.


Lawrence Free State was established in 1997[2] in response to overcrowding at Lawrence High School, the only existing public high school in Lawrence at the time.


The College Board recognized Free State High with the 2007-08 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement participation and performance. One high school in each state receives this honor and a $1,000 grant for math and science education.[2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Firebirds compete in the Sunflower League and are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Lawrence Free State has won eleven state championships in various sports. Additionally, a small number of graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.

From the school's inception in 1997 until 2008, football games were played at Haskell Memorial Stadium. Some games were also played at Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas.[6] They are now, however, played in a home stadium built in 2009-2010, a stadium was built for Lawrence High School as well.

State Championships[edit]

State Championships[7]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Gymnastics, Girls 3 2009, 2011, 2013
Cross Country, Girls 2 2013,2016
Winter Swimming and Diving, Boys 1 2004
Spring Baseball 2 2006, 2015
Track and Field, Girls 2 2013, 2014
Swimming and Diving, Girls 2 2009, 2015
Total 11

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS for Lawrence Free State High School; USGS; November 3, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lawrence Free State High School - About Us
  3. ^ USD 497
  4. ^ USD 497 - Superintendent
  5. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  6. ^ Smith, Benton (August 31, 2007). "Haskell Stadium a house of history". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "State Records & State Champions". Archived from the original (English) on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  8. ^ "Christian Ballard" (English). Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Free State Firebirds Cody Kukuk, Colin Toalson sign with KU baseball". Retrieved December 18, 2014. 

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