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]
PrincipalSharon Michalak[2]
Teaching staff152.92 (on an FTE basis)[3]
Enrollment2,889 (2017–18)[3]
AreaSouth Suburbs
Campus typesuburban
Color(s)     blue
Athletics conferenceSouthwest Suburban Conference[4]
MascotYugo Griffin
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, as well as a new nursing office and new PPS offices. 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 Lincoln-Way East music department's instrumental music ensembles include:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Wind Symphony
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Percussion Class

Vocal music classes include:

  • Chorale (a selective group of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses)
  • Concert Choir (all girls)
  • Men's Choir
  • Treble Choir (all girls).

Courses are also offered in String Orchestra, Guitar I and Guitar II. LWE Other music classes include

  • AP Music Theory

The music department also includes the Lincoln Way Marching Band and Madrigals. The Lincoln-Way East Madrigals consist of costumed Singers, Ladies, Troubadours, and a Jester, Wench, and Shakespearean Players who perform medieval and Renaissance Christmas music.

The Marching Griffins were Lincoln-Way East’s traveling and competing marching unit. The roster included, in addition to the playing block of winds, the Griffins Color Guard and drumline. Participation began with fundamental instruction and music/marching auditions in May. When selected for membership, student involvement continued with summer drills and parade performances.[6]

In 2007, the Marching Griffins defeated more than 40 other competing marching bands in the State Championships at Illinois State University and were Grand Champions of the competition. They also placed 1st in Class 6A (the largest competing class) and won the award for best color guard in Class 6A. They defended this title in 2008.[7]

In 2016, all Lincoln Way marching bands were combined to form the Lincoln Way Marching Band.

Lincoln-Way East also offers participation in its various jazz programs as an extracurricular activity. Jazz programs include:

- Jazz Workshop - Jazz Orchestra - Jazz Ensemble - LWE Jazz Sextet - LWE Jazz Quintet

Ensemble placement is determined by audition.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "District 210 Administration Staff". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Lincoln-Way East Administration". Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Lincoln-Way East High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "IHSA school information: Lincoln-Way Central High School". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 18 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Lincoln-Way East High School" (PDF). Illinois Report Card. Illinois State Board of Education. 2017–2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  6. ^ Lincoln-Way East High School Music
  7. ^ Phantom Regiment - Drum & Bugle Corps Archived 2007-12-29 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ 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.

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