Lebanon High School (Pennsylvania)

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Lebanon High School
Lebanon HS - USGS.jpg
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1000 S. 8th Street

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School typePublic, Secondary
MottoLive. Learn. Lebanon.
Established1852 (current building - 1969, renovated - 2013)
School districtLebanon School District
SuperintendentDr. Arthur Abrom
PrincipalWilliam Giovino
Enrollment1,224 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Navy Blue and Red
RivalCedar Crest High School
Feeder schoolsLebanon Middle School
Information(717) 273-9391
Lebanon Cedars athletic logo

Lebanon Senior High School (LHS) houses grades nine through twelve for the Lebanon School District, and is located in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The current building, which also serves as district headquarters, opened to students for the 1969-70 school year. The school, with a unique architecture featuring three circular buildings, underwent extensive renovations completed in early 2013. The school's mascot is the cedar tree. In 2013, the cedar tree mascot, Rooty, was featured in a mini-series on HULU entitled Behind the Mask.

Internal description[edit]

Each of the school's three buildings includes a principal occupant (Library, Gymnasium, or Auditorium) which is used to identify the specific building. The "Library" building contains most of the school's classrooms and the library itself features a glass dome ceiling. In addition to the gym, the "Gymnasium" building includes the school's cafeteria. Since the renovations, the offices of the high school are located in the West in-fill and the district offices are found in the North in-fill. The renovations also resulted in the enclosure of the school's courtyard into a large atrium.

Graduation rate[edit]

2010 - 83% [2]
2009 - 79%
2008 - 80% [3]
2007 - 80% [4]
2006 - 77%, State 88% [5]

Academic achievement[edit]

The high school is in Making Progress: in Corrective Action II AYP status in 2010 due to chronic low academic achievement in reading and mathematics.[6] In 2009, the school was in Did not make AYP - Corrective Action II 2nd Year AYP status.

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
2010 - 49% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 67% of 11th graders on grade level.[7]
2009 - 44%, State - 65% [8]
2008 - 33%, State - 65%
2007 - 45%, State - 65%[9]
2006 - 43%, State - 65%
2005 - 39%, State - 65%

11th Grade Math:
2010 - 51% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[10]
2009 - 44%, State - 56% [11]
2008 - 33%, State - 56%
2007 - 40%, State - 53%
2006 - 36%, State - 52%
2005 - 42%, State - 51%

11th Grade Science:
2010 - 24% on grade level. State - 40% of 11th graders on grade level.
2009 - 17%, State - 40% [12]
2008 - 11%, State - 40%[13]

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 42% of Lebanon School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[14] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[15] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment[edit]

The high school offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. At LHS the courses are offered at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lebanon Valley College, and Harrisburg University of Science and TEchnology.[16] Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school, including the graduation ceremony. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist enrollees in costs for tuition, fees and books.[17] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[18]

For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $15,812 for the program.[19]

Graduation requirements[edit]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[20]

Beginning with the class of 2015, students must take the Keystone Exams in Literature and Algebra 1.[21] As originally drafted, beginning in 2017 the law would have required students to have passed the Keystone exams in order to graduate. However, the requirement that students pass either the Keystone exams in Literature, Biology and Algebra or an equivalent project-based assessment has now been delayed until the 2018-2019 school year. The delay was implemented to order to allow officials "time to resolve some of the unintended consequences of Keystone implementation." [22]


Lebanon High School is well-known for its music programs. It has many performing groups including: Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Show Choir, Jazz Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Marching Band.

Students participate in PMEA District 7, LLMEA music festivals, and other festivals/events.

The music department also produces a Broadway-quality musical every spring.

Notable alumni[edit]

Sam Bowie, All-American at Kentucky and 10-season NBA veteran.

External links[edit]

Lebanon Cedars logo


  1. ^ "Lebanon SHS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  2. ^ "Lebanon School District Report Card 2010 data tabe". January 27, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  3. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 25, 2009). "Lebanon County School Districts Graduation Rate 2008,".
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. "Pennsylvania High School Graduation Rates 2007". Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "Lebanon School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2005 & 2006". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Lebanon SHS School AYP Overview". Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  7. ^ The Times-Tribune (September 14, 2010). "Lebanon School District PSSA scores 2010, Grading Our Schools,".
  8. ^ "Lebanon Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2008 & 2009". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of Education Mathematics and Reading PSSA results by School and Grade 2007". Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  10. ^ "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  11. ^ 2009 "PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  12. ^ The Times-Tribune (September 14, 2010). "Lebanon School District PSSA scores 2009, Grading Our Schools,".
  13. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of Education Science PSSA results by school and Grade 2008". Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  14. ^ "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report". Retrieved January 27, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "National Center for Education Statistics".
  16. ^ "Dual Enrollment at LHS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-21. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  17. ^ "2010-2011 Pennsylvania Department of Education - Dual Enrollment Guidelines". Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  18. ^ "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  19. ^ "Pennsylvania Department of Education Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10". August 2009. Archived from the original on 2013-10-20.
  20. ^ "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 2 January 2011.
  21. ^ "Pennsylvania's New Graduation Requirements". Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  22. ^ "Bill Delaying Keystone Exam Graduation Requirement Approved By Pa. Senate | Patch". Levittown, PA Patch. Retrieved 2015-10-26.

Coordinates: 40°19′35″N 76°25′15″W / 40.3263°N 76.4209°W / 40.3263; -76.4209