Lincoln-Way East High School

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Lincoln-Way East High School
201 Colorado Avenue


United States
Coordinates41°30′46″N 87°51′22″W / 41.5129°N 87.8561°W / 41.5129; -87.8561Coordinates: 41°30′46″N 87°51′22″W / 41.5129°N 87.8561°W / 41.5129; -87.8561
School typePublic Secondary
Opened1977 (9–10)
2001 (9–12)
School districtLincoln-Way Com. H.S. 210
SuperintendentR. Scott Tingley[1]
PrincipalToriano Griggs[2]
Teaching staff149.45 (on an FTE basis)[4]
Enrollment2,766 (2019–20)[4]
Student to teacher ratio18.51[4]
AreaSouth Suburbs
Campus typesuburban
Color(s)  Blue
Athletics conferenceSouthwest Suburban[3]
Team nameGriffins

Lincoln-Way East High School or LWE, is a four-year public high school located approximately three miles south of Interstate 80 near the intersection of La Grange Road and Lincoln Highway in Frankfort, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is a part of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, which also includes Lincoln-Way Central High School and Lincoln-Way West High School.


In December 1974, voters approved a $4,985,000 bond issue to develop a new freshman–sophomore building on the Frankfort site. Construction began in the summer of 1975, and the school opened in the fall of 1977 as Lincoln-Way High School East Campus. In November 1992, voters agreed to double the size of the campus to accommodate growth. Facilities added included a 42 classroom academic wing, a field house and auditorium. The expansion was completed in March 1995.

In 1997, citizens of District No. 210 approved a $60 million building bond referendum to split the existing freshmen–sophomore / junior–senior configuration into two separate four-year high schools and to add to the existing East and Central Campuses. The East Campus added 50 classrooms and an Olympic-sized swimming pool, while the Central Campus added 50 classrooms, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a performing arts auditorium with music classrooms, new nursing office, and new administrative offices (PPS). The splitting of Lincoln-Way into two separate high schools became official for the 2001–02 school year as the East Campus became Lincoln-Way East High School.


As of 2018, Lincoln-Way East is considered an "exemplary" school, with 1,070 students taking Advanced Placement or dual credit courses, a 97.0% four-year graduation rate (98.3% five-year rate) and 90.6% of students going on to postsecondary education.[5]


The Athletic Director is Mark Vander Kooi and the Asst. Athletic Director is Elizabeth Hyland.

Lincoln-Way East 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. School colors are blue and black. Teams are called the "Griffins".

Lincoln-Way East sponsors interscholastic teams for young men and women in basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. Young women may compete in badminton, cheerleading, dance, and softball, while young men may also compete in baseball, football, and wrestling.

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

  • Badminton (Girls): Sectional Champions (2004-05, 2017-18)
  • Cross country (Boys): Regional Champions (2011-12, 2017-18)
  • Cheerleading: State Champions (2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17, 2018-19, 2019-2020, 2020-2021)
  • Football: 2nd place (2012-13) State Champions (2005-06, 2017-18, 2019-20)
  • Gymnastics (Boys): 2nd place (2004-05, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12) State Champions (2005-06, 2010-11)
  • Softball: 4th place (2013-14) 2nd place (2014-15, 2016-17) State Champion (2001-02)
  • Swimming (Boys): Sectional Champions (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19)
  • Swimming (Girls): Sectional Champions (2004-05, 20007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20)
  • Track (Boys): Sectional Champions (2006-07, 2007-08)
  • Track (Girls): 2nd place (2010-11) State Champions (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2020-21)
  • Volleyball (Boys): 4th place (2006-07) 2nd place (2016-17) State Champions (2013-14, 2017-18)
  • Water polo (Boys): 4th place (2018-19)
  • Wrestling: Regional Champions (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Lincoln-Way District 210 Administration". Lincoln-Way District 210. Archived from the original on November 27, 2021. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  2. ^ "Lincoln-Way East High School Administration". Lincoln-Way East High School. Archived from the original on November 27, 2021. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  3. ^ "IHSA school information: Lincoln-Way Central High School". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 18 September 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Lincoln-Way East High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  5. ^ "Lincoln-Way East High School" (PDF). Illinois Report Card. Illinois State Board of Education. 2017–2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  6. ^ Clark, Mike. "Clark: Lincoln-Way East's Nick Allegretti and Neuqua Valley's Mike Dudek stay course for Illinois". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  7. ^ Topkin, Marc (November 17, 2021). "Rays pitcher Dietrich Enns headed to overseas team". Yahoo! Sports. Tampa Bay Times.
  8. ^ Adams, Steve (November 21, 2021). "NPB's Seibu Lions Sign Dietrich Enns". MLB Trade Rumors.

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