Louisville Male High School

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Louisville Male High School
Male Bulldog logo.jpg
Male Bulldogs
Louisville, KY
United States
Coordinates 38°11′05″N 85°43′21″W / 38.18478°N 85.72243°W / 38.18478; -85.72243Coordinates: 38°11′05″N 85°43′21″W / 38.18478°N 85.72243°W / 38.18478; -85.72243
Type Public Secondary
Established 1856
School district Jefferson County Public Schools
Principal Jim Jury (acting)
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,780[1]

Purple and Gold

Mascot Bulldogs
Nickname Male Dawgs
Rival DuPont Manual High School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Since 1913[2]

Louisville Male Traditional High School is a public secondary school serving students in grades 9 through 12 in the southside of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is part of the Jefferson County Public School District.

School history[edit]

Early history[edit]

Mascot and school letter[edit]

The school's mascot is a Bulldog and it is common to refer to the school as the Male Bulldogs.

The school letter is actually an H, standing for High school while the longstanding rival duPont Manual has the M as its letter. The reason behind this is as follows: Male was known originally as, "The High School." Others have suggested, that when Manual was founded, the schools had a football game to determine who would use the "M" as their school's letter. Manual then won the game, which led to a rivalry that continues to the present day. This latter explanation has little historical evidence to substantiate it.

School locations[edit]

Ninth and Chestnut (1856–1897)[edit]

First Street near Chestnut (1898–1915)[edit]

Corner of Brook Street and Breckinridge Street (1915–1991)[edit]

This location is now owned by Salvation Army and is a historic landmark in Louisville.

4409 Preston Highway (1991–present)[edit]

In August 1991, Male moved to its current campus at 4409 Preston Highway, an educational facility that doubled the instructional, laboratory, library and campus space. Since it has moved to this location, the school has won two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon awards. The site was previously Sallie P. Durrett High School, which became the Durrett Education Center in the early 1980s and was used by Jefferson County Public Schools Library Media Services until 1991. The adjoining Gheens Academy, which opened in 1983, was previously Prestonia Elementary School.

Present day[edit]


The school, like its rival du Pont Manual, runs a unique curriculum that is different from the other public high schools in the city. All students participate in the College Preparatory Program so as to guarantee the transition to higher education is as smooth as possible.

Students have an opportunity to graduate with a Commonwealth Diploma,[3] which demands more than the required units for graduating high school in JCPS. One of the stipulations is the successful completion (i.e., receiving a grade of "C" or its equivalent) in 4 AP courses in the areas of English, Science/Mathematics, Foreign Language, and Elective.


Louisville Male adheres to a strict dress code, stipulating (amongst other requirements) that students wear neatly tucked-in shirts, belts, few piercings (two for girls' ears, none for boys'), hair of even color and length (boys' sideburns and bangs may not be more than two inches—51 millimeters—long), and without visible tattoos or markings. Students may wear solid purple, gold, white, or black emblemless polo shirts, and plain black, navy, or khaki pants; exceptionally, on Fridays ("Spirit Day"), students may choose from a variety of school "Spirit" shirts with blue jeans.

The guidelines and strict rules are designed to give students a clean and professional appearance, and to level the appearance of all; for, as a magnet school, students come from the entire city and from different social and economic backgrounds.


Getting into the high school is virtually impossible unless previous enrolled in one of the three traditional program magnet middle schools, Johnson Middle (Southwest), Jefferson County Traditional Middle (Middle East) and Barret Traditional Middle (Northeast and East). The traditional program works on a lottery system where you are given an equal chance as everyone else to get your student into the school. Only students from the feeder schools are automatically accepted. However, if they give up their spot freshmen year they cannot retain it on special status.


On Saturday, November 18, 1893, the annual Male-Manual football rivalry, the longest running, continuously played, high school football series in Kentucky, began. Their football team is a perennial state power, and in addition to its long-running rivalry with Manual, Male is also a close rival with St. Xavier High School, with the annual contest usually determining the fate of the district champion; however, due to the state's realignment of high school football into a six-class system starting in 2007–08, Male is the third winningest football program in the United States and the winningest program in Kentucky.[4] Male also has a rivalry with Trinity High School in football. The school offers football (State Championships: 6)(State Runner-ups:3),[5] basketball (State Championships: 4)(State Runner-ups: 5),[6] baseball (State Championship: 1944), softball (State Runner-up: 2015), tennis, soccer, field hockey, wrestling, swimming, track and field (5-Peat State Championship Winners: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and lacrosse

Sports championships[edit]

Championship Years Won
District Champion 1983,1985,1986,1987,1990,1992,1995,1996,1997,1999,2000,2001
Region Champion 1944,1954,1984,1987,1990,1992,1995,2003,2010
State Final Four 1944,1954,2003,2010
State Runner-Up 1954,2003
State Champion 1944
Championship Years Won
Region Champion 1932,1933,1944,1945,1946,1947,1948,1950,1954,1966,1970,1971
State Runner-Up 1932,1966,1973,1974,2001
State Champion 1945,1970,1971,1975
Championship Years Won
Region Runner-up 1985,1986,1988,1989,1992,1997,1999,2003,2006,2007,2009
Region Champion 1993,1998,2000,2001,2002,2008,2010, 2013
State Runner-Up 2001,2002,2010
State Champion 1952,1960,1963,1964,1993,1998,2000
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1941,1942,1944,1945,1946,1947,1948
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1983
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1921,1923,1924,1927,1929,1932,1936,1942,1943,1945,1946,1947
1948,1949,1952,1966,1967,1968,1969,1970, 1971,1972,1994,1995,
Championship Years Won
Region Champion 1987,1994,1996,2015
State Final Four 1994,2015
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1993,1994
Championship Years Won
Region Champion 2013, 2014, 2015
State Runner-Up 2015
Championship Years Won
State Champion 1966,1968,1972

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Students participate in many clubs and organizations: Art Club, Band (Marching, Concert, Symphonic), Beta Club, Brook 'n' Breck Newspaper, Chorus (Boys, Girls), Drama Club, FBLA, FCA, FCA, Governor's Scholars, French Honor Society, JROTC (Drill Team, Color Guard, Rifle Team, Raider Team), Lacrosse, Latin Club, Latin Honor Society, Literary Magazine, Marine Biology, Math Team, Men of Quality, MTRP, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Peer Mediation, Quick Recall (Varsity, JV), Recycling Squad, Red Cross, SAM (serving at male), Show Choir (Boys, Girls), Spanish Honor Society, Speech & Debate, Student Senate, Student Technology Leadership Program, Women of Quality, Writing Team, Yearbook, and YMCA Club.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class Notability
Chris Barclay professional football player[18]
Ralph Beard 1945 professional basketball player[19]
Rick Bolus 1968 Nations Top Prep Basketball Analyst[citation needed]
Winston Bennett 1983 professional basketball player[20]
Porter Bibb the first publisher of Rolling Stone[citation needed]
Emery Bopp 1942 artist[citation needed]
Louis Brandeis 1870 U.S. Supreme Court Justice[citation needed]
Michael Bush 2003 professional football player[21]
Valerie Coleman 1989 Classical Flutist and Composer. Founder of the 2005 nominated ensemble Imani Winds[22]
Tony Driver 1996 professional football player for Notre Dame and the Buffalo Bills[23]
Trent Findley professional football player[citation needed]
Abraham Flexner reformed medical education in the United States[citation needed]
Charles Grawemeyer 1929.5 industrialist, entrepreneur and investor, created the Grawemeyer Award[citation needed]
Marcus Green 2001 professional football player[24]
Sean Green Major League Baseball Pitcher[25]
Darrell Griffith 1976 professional basketball player[26]
John R. Harper engineer, inventor, politician[citation needed]
William B. Harrison former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]
D.J. Johnson Professional football player[27]
Neville Miller 1912 former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]
William Burke Miller Pulitzer Prize winner[citation needed]
Warren Oates 1945 noted film actor
Larry O'Bannon basketball player who plays for Hapoel Eilat B.C. in Israel[citation needed]
Joseph T. O'Neal former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]
Chris Redman 1995 professional football player[28]
Lee Roberson 1923 notable Baptist pastor, and founder, president and chancellor of Tennessee Temple University and Temple Baptist Seminary[citation needed]
Brian K. Scott 1997 Buffalo Stille - Member of the Grammy Nominated Platinum recording artists Nappy Roots (2002 to present) and Founder/CEO of Birdgang Brand Clothing[citation needed]
Edliff Slaughter 1920 LMHS's first All-American football player[citation needed]
Hunter S. Thompson 1955 gonzo journalist, writer, novelist, political commentator[citation needed]
George Weissinger Smith 1883 former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]
Wilson Wyatt former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2009–2010 Audited School Enrollments (in alphabetic order)" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. January 14, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Institution Summary". AdvancED. 1913-12-31. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Commonwealth Diploma". Wayback.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Final Football Alignment for 2007–2008 Through 2008–2009" (PDF). KHSAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Past Khsaa State Football Champions" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  6. ^ "State Tournament Game-By-Game Results 1916-2012" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  7. ^ http://wayback.archive.org/web/20120407030441/http://www.khsaa.org/Publications/Records/Baseball/finals/rb/
  8. ^ "Male HS Baseball Championships". Malehsbaseball.com. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  9. ^ "All-Time Regional Champions" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Male Playoff History". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  11. ^ "Boys Golf Team State Titles" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  12. ^ "Boys Soccer State Titles" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  13. ^ "Boys Track State Titles" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  14. ^ "Kentucky Girls' Basketball Regional Champions" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  15. ^ "Past Khsaa Girls' Soccer State Championship Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  16. ^ "Girls Track State Titles" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  17. ^ "Male HS Clubs". Jefferson.k12.ky.us. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  18. ^ "Chris Barclay". NFL Enterpriss LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Ralph Milton Beard". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Winston Bennett". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Michael Bush". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  22. ^ Coleman, Valerie. http://www.imaniwinds.com.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ "Tony Driver". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Marcus Green". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Sean Green Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Darrell Griffith". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  27. ^ "D.J. Johnson". databseFootball.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Chris Redman". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013.