Lawrence High School (Kansas)
|Lawrence High School|
1901 Louisiana Street 
|School type||Public, High School|
|Established||1857, 1954 (current building)|
|School board||Board Website|
|School district||USD 497 |
|Superintendent||Anthony Lewis |
|CEEB code||171690 |
|Principal||Cynthia Johnson (interm) |
|Asst Principal||Margene Brohammer, Quentin Rials, Mark Pruet, John Hilton|
|Athletic Director||John Hilton |
|Teaching staff||104.58 (FTE)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.43|
|Athletics||Class 6A |
District 4 
|Athletics conference||Sunflower |
|Rival||Free State, Topeka|
Lawrence High School (LHS) is a public secondary school in Lawrence, Kansas, USA operated by Unified School District 497, and serves students of grades 9 to 12. The school is one of the two public high schools located in the city. Lawrence High enrolled 1,260 students in the 2007-2008 school year. The school colors are red and black and the mascot is the "Chesty Lion".
Lawrence High School was established in 1857 in order to help educate the growing population of Lawrence. The first classes were held in the basement of a Unitarian Church. Three years later, the school was relocated to the current site of Central Junior High School, on Massachusetts Street. In 1930, the Lion was introduced as the school symbol and in 1946, it made its official debut as the school mascot. Lawrence High moved to its current location on Louisiana Street in 1954.
Lawrence is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in Class 6A and are known as the "Chesty Lions". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs. Throughout its history, Lawrence High has won more state championships in athletics than any other high school in the state of Kansas.
The school originated in 1857 and was referred to as "Quincy School". The first classes were held in the basement of a Unitarian church located at 906 Kentucky Street. Three years later the city of Lawrence chartered a public school system, which was located at 15th and Massachusetts, currently the site of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. Construction of the original building for the school was completed in 1865. In 1946, Paul Coker designed the "Chesty Lion" logo. He would go on to become a famous cartoonist with works appearing in Mad Magazine, and on Hallmark Cards products, and is also the original author of the "Frosty the Snowman" character.
The high school occupied a succession of buildings until the opening of the present campus, at 19th and Louisiana Streets, in 1954. The building was expanded repeatedly over the ensuing forty years, as the school district struggled to keep pace with the growth of Lawrence's population. Finally, in 1997, a second public high school, Lawrence Free State High School, was opened, ending the city's long record of all students being educated in a single high school. In 2009, the school finished construction of a new football stadium on the school campus.
The Chesty Lions 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 has won more state championships than any other high school in the state. Many graduates have gone on to participate in collegiate and professional athletics including former KU All-Americans Danny Manning, John Hadl and Paul Endacott.
Currently Lawrence High has more than 100 state championships in various sports, one of the highest totals in the nation. The first state championship was won in 1914 in boys basketball. The next title in basketball was 1948, when the Lions defeated Newton 39-36 in the state final. This started a half century of athletic achievements by the Chesty Lions. From 1954 to 2009 the Lions added 104 more state titles, bringing their total to 105. In 2008, Sports Illustrated listed Lawrence High School as the top high school athletics program in Kansas. Additionally, due to the success of Lawrence High and the University of Kansas, Lawrence was featured as a candidate for Titletown, United States by ESPN.
The Lawrence High School Chesty Lions have 31 undefeated seasons in football, the most in the United States. Additionally, the Chesty Lions won a High School Football National Championship in 1960. The Chesty Lions won five consecutive Kansas State High School Activities Association state championships in Class 6A, the state's largest, from 1989 through 1993. The record was broken by Hutchinson High School in 2009. From 1930-2008, games were played at Haskell Memorial Stadium. Following completion of the new football stadium on the Lawrence High campus, the football team began playing games on the new stadium in 2009.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Football||27||1919^, 1927^, 1928^, 1945^, 1946^, 1947+, 1952+, 1956+, 1957+, 1958+, 1959+, 1960+, 1962+, 1963+, 1964+, 1966+, 1968+, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995|
|Cross Country, Boys||2||2008, 2009|
|Cross Country, Girls||3||1985, 1986, 1987|
|Volleyball||16||1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2018|
|Gymnastics, Girls||3||2004, 2005, 2006|
|Gymnastics, Boys||21||1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988|
|Winter||Basketball, Boys||4||1914, 1948, 1983, 1995|
|Basketball, Girls||3||1984, 1992, 2008|
|Indoor Track, Girls||2||1977, 1978|
|Golf, Girls||4||1975, 1977, 1982, 1984|
|Tennis, Boys||2||1981, 1995|
|Baseball||3||1996, 2000, 2009|
|Swimming, Girls||8||1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2018|
|Track and Field, Boys||5||1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 2006|
|Track and Field, Girls||5||1978, 1979, 2015, 2018, 2019|
- ^ predates KSHSAA playoffs and AP poll
- +predates KSHSAA playoffs; ranked #1 in final AP poll
- David Booth, CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, namesake for David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, the home stadium for the University of Kansas football team
- Corinne Brinkerhoff, television producer and writer
- Erin Brockovich, had a movie made about her when she helped a town win a $333 million lawsuit because Pacific Gas and Electric Company had contaminated their water supply
- Sara Buxton, singer/ songwriter
- Paul Coker, animator, creator of the Chesty Lion mascot
- Robert Docking, 38th Governor of Kansas
- Paul Endacott, led the Kansas Jayhawks to consecutive Helms Foundation national championships in 1922 and 1923
- John Hadl, former professional American football player and All-American running back at KU
- Patty Jenkins, film director
- Christopher Karpowitz, political scientist
- Larry Kwak, cancer researcher, named one of the Most Influential People in the world by Time Magazine in 2010
- Danny Manning, led the University of Kansas basketball team to the 1988 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship
- Brian McClendon, Google Earth creator, and Democratic Nominee for Secretary of State of Kansas in 2018
- Alan Mulally, former Ford Motors CEO
- Sara Paretsky, author
- Bucky Scribner, former NFL punter for the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers
- Sri Srinivasan, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Robby Steinhardt, former member of the band Kansas
- Jeff Yagher, American actor
- GNIS for Lawrence High School; USGS; October 13, 1978.
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