Lincoln-Way Central High School

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Lincoln-Way Central High School
1801 E. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, Illinois 60451
United States
Coordinates 41°30′50″N 87°55′47″W / 41.5138°N 87.9298°W / 41.5138; -87.9298
School type Public Secondary
Motto "Once a Knight,
Always a Knight"
Established 1954 (9-12) LW H.S.
1977 (11-12) LW H.S.-Central
2001 (9-12) LWC H.S.[1]
School district Lincoln-Way Community H.S.
District 210
Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley[2]
Principal Dr. Steven Provis[3]
Staff 411[4]
Grades 9–12
Gender Coed
Enrollment 1918[5]
Average class size 22[5]
Campus size 70 acres
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Red
Fight song "Lincoln-Way Loyalty" [6]
Athletics conference Southwest Suburban[7]
Mascot Knight
Team name Knights[8]
Average ACT scores 22.8[9]
Newspaper The Knight Times[10]
Yearbook Aegis[11]

Lincoln-Way Central High School or LWC, is a public four-year high school located approximately 3.5 miles south of Interstate 80 near the intersection of Schoolhouse Road and Lincoln Highway in New Lenox, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is the original school of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, which also includes Lincoln-Way East High School, Lincoln-Way North High School, and Lincoln-Way West High School. Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West are located in New Lenox; Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North are located in Frankfort. Effective for the 2016-2017 school year, Lincoln-Way North High School, in Frankfort, will be closed due to financial troubles and the district will become a three school district.[12] District 210 offices are located at Lincoln-Way Central.


In June 1952, another election provided for the approval and construction of Lincoln-Way High School. The new high school district would draw students which until then had been attending Joliet Township High School, Bloom Township High School, Carl Sandburg High School, and Peotone High School.[13] The cornerstone was ceremonially installed on October 25, 1953, after construction had begun.[13] Lincoln-Way opened its doors to students on September 7, 1954. The name of the school was selected by one Mrs. Florence Pittman and the board of education officially adopted it as "Lincoln-Way". The charter members of the student body voted to have red and black as their school colors. Lyrics to the Lincoln-Way Central school song were written by Robert Taylor and Betty Tryon, set to the tune of the University of Chicago pep song.

Bond issues for additions to the original building were approved in 1957, 1960, 1962, and 1969. The 1969 bond issue approved a ninth grade building which was built north of the main building. In 1971 the north building opened up, accommodating 700 students.

In 1994, a field house was added to the campus. Then in 1998, citizens of District #210 approved a $60 million building bond referendum to split the existing high school freshmen-sophomore / junior-senior configuration into two separate four year high schools while adding to the existing two schools an academic wing with 50 classrooms at each campus, olympic-sizes swimming pools, as well as the addition of a fine arts auditorium and music classrooms at Central. The changeover became official for the 2001-02 school year as the Central campus opened as Lincoln-Way Central High School.

Lincoln-Way Central is known as "The" Lincoln-Way because it is the original of the four high schools, rich in over sixty years of tradition and history. Students here are noted for their exceeding pride. Phrases such as "We are Central", "Once a Knight, Always a Knight", and "Knight Pride Never Dies" exemplify students' spirit. This spirit does not extend to alumni relations however as the district has ceased maintaining and updating and reaching out to its alumni.


Lincoln-Way Central's Music Department consists of multiple extracurricular music groups, including the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Concert Bands, two jazz ensembles, (Jazz I and II), pep band, orchestra, guitar studio, piano, multiple choirs, including Madrigal Singers, and the school's marching band, the Marching Knights.

The Marching Knights is Lincoln-Way Central's award-winning marching band, under the direction of Chris Mroczek. It consisted of 101 student members as of the 2012-2013 season. The group has traveled to many places to participate in parades and competitions, such as Florida, California, Texas, Italy, among other places and venues, and has marched in the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade. The band has been in existence since 1974, maintaining long-standing traditions and a rich history.

Notable Music Department events include:

  • 2012 - Trip to San Diego (Big Bay Balloon Parade)
  • 2010 - Trip to Orlando, Florida (Citrus Bowl Parade)
  • 2008 - Trip to Italy
  • 2007 - Opening Ceremony for I-355
  • 2007 - Guitar studio and orchestra tour of Toronto, Ontario
  • 2005 - Presidential Inaugural Parade Participants
  • 2000 - Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade
  • 1999 - ISU State Champions
  • 1987 - Performance at the Special Olympics in South Bend, IN
  • 1982 - Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade
  • 1974 - Marching Knights formed
  • 1968 - Opening Ceremony for I-80
  • 1954 - Robert C. Taylor becomes Lincoln-Way High School’s first band director


Lincoln-Way Central competes as a member of the Southwest Suburban Conference. The school is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), which governs most athletics and competitive activities in Illinois. Teams are stylized as the "Knights".

The school sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and water polo.[14] Young women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, poms, and softball, while young men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling.[14] While not recognized by the IHSA, the school's athletic department also oversees a lacrosse team for young men and one for women.[14]

The following teams have finished in the top four of their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament or meet:[15]

  • Badminton: 2nd place (2007–08, 08–09)
  • Bowling (boys): 3rd place (2007–08)
  • Cross Country (boys): 3rd place (1968–69, 90–91); 4th place (1997–98)
  • Football: State Champions (1997–98); 2nd place (1996–97); Semifinalists (1999–2000, 00–01)
  • Golf (boys): 4th place (1984–85)
  • Gymnastics (boys): State Champions (2005-2006, 2010-2011); 2nd place (1996–97)
  • Soccer (boys): 2nd place (1999–2000, 00–01); 3rd place (2001–02); 4th place (1992–93)
  • Soccer (girls): 2nd place (1998–99, 99–2000); 4th place (1997–98, 2004–05, 06–07)
  • Softball: State Champions (2007–08)
  • Track & Field (boys): 3rd place (1996–97)
  • Track & Field (girls): 4th place (1973–74)
  • Volleyball (boys): 4th place (1998–99)
  • Wrestling: 3rd place (2007–08)
  • Water Polo (girls): 2nd place (2012-2013)

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  1. ^ "District History". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Administrative Team at Lincoln-Way District". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Administrative Team at Lincoln-Way Central". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lincoln-Way Central High School Illinois School Report Card 2012-2013". Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Lincoln-Way Central High School Illinois School Report Card". Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lincoln-Way Central Loyalty & Fight Song". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "IHSA Conferences Affiliated Schools". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lincoln-Way Central High School". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lincoln-Way Fact Sheet -July 2015" (PDF). Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Knight Times homepage". Lincoln-Way Central High School. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "L-W Central yearbook staff celebrates 60th edition of Aegis" (Press release). Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Lincoln-Way Board of Education Votes to Close North". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Lincoln-Way School to Lay Stone Today". Chicago Tribune. 25 October 1953. pp. SW A1. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  14. ^ a b c "Lincoln-Way Central Athletic Department". Lincoln-Way Central High School. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "School Directory-->Season summaries for Lincoln-Way Central High School". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Milbert, Neil (24 February 2006). "Banding together for the whole ride: Friends Dee Brown and James Augustine are nearing the end of four great seasons at Illinois.". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 22 September 2009. Illinois will hand out 17,000 headbands ... to honor seniors Dee Brown and James Augustine ... Their paths first crossed during the summer between Augustine's junior and senior year at Lincoln-Way Central 
  17. ^ "40 James Augustine". biography. University of Illinois Athletics. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f Whalen, Randy (27 May 2009). "Lincoln-Way Central Knights". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 

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