Leavenworth High School

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Leavenworth High School
Leavenworth USD 453 logo.png
2012 10th Avenue[1]
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
Coordinates 39°17′46″N 94°55′47″W / 39.29611°N 94.92972°W / 39.29611; -94.92972
School type Public, High School
Established 1865
Status Open
School board BOE website
School district Leavenworth USD 453
Superintendent Mike Roth [2]
President Nancy Klemp, USD 453 BOE
Principal Thomas Barry[3]
Teaching staff 74
Grades 9 to 12
Gender coed
Enrollment 1,249 (2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 17:1
Language English
Schedule type Block
Hours in school day 7 hours
Color(s)      Blue
Slogan Home of the Pioneers
Athletics KSHSAA 5A
Athletics conference Sunflower League
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Football, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling, and many more
Mascot Pioneer Pete
Nickname LV
Team name Pioneers
Rival Lansing High School
Newspaper The Patriot
Yearbook Junebug
Affiliations KSHSAA
Alumni See Notable Alumni section

Leavenworth High School, located in Leavenworth, Kansas, was established in 1865, making it one of the first high schools in Kansas. Students studied Latin, Math, Rhetoric, Science, Caesar and Virgil like their counterparts from the East Coast.


Athletics Seal

The first building to house the high school was a renovated church. In 1904 the taxpayers of Leavenworth authorized a new building for the high school at the corner of 4th and Chestnut. In 1932 the building was destroyed by fire. A new building was soon erected at the same site in time to begin classes in the fall of 1933.[4]

When the high school was moved to its present site at 2012 10th Avenue in 1959, the old building became East Junior High School. In 1990 the high school was renovated and changed from a campus style to the present layout. Although Latin and Virgil are no longer offered at LHS, students currently choose from over one hundred other course offerings. It underwent renovation in 2010 for new room and Performance Arts Center. It teaches grades 9 to 12.[4]

In 2013, it was announced that Language Arts teacher Jeff Baxter, was selected as the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year by the Kansas State Department of Education.[5]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Pioneers compete in the Sunflower League and are classified as a 5A school, the second-largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Leavenworth has won 22 state championships in various sports.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Leavenworth HS Location; www.usd453.org
  2. ^ District Administration
  3. ^ a b c d School Administration
  4. ^ a b History
  5. ^ Jeff Baxter, 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year
  6. ^ Extracurricular Activities
  7. ^ Brendel, Dale (October 12, 2010). "Leavenworth's own Melissa Etheridge lets us .... inside her window". Leavenworth Times. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "This and That". Leavenworth Times. Newspapers.com. July 15, 1974. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Amy Hastings". USA Track & Field. August 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "KSHSAA inducts Wayne Simien into Hall of Fame". Lawrence Journal World. March 2, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Edwin E. Slosson papers, 1896-1937". WorldCat. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ Richmeier, John (September 28, 2013). "Leavenworth High grad enjoys Miss America experience". Leavenworth Times. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 

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