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", while the longstanding rival duPont Manual High School has the "M" as its letter. The reason behind this is as follows: Founded in 1856, Louisville Male High School became the first high school west of the Allegheny Mountains. Therefore, Male was known originally as "High School." After other high schools were established in the years following, and eventually the school was named "Louisville Male High School", the "H" was kept as the school's letter for tradition and to honor the origins of the school. Others have suggested that when rival duPont Manual High School was founded, the schools had a football game to determine who would use the "M" as their school's letter.

School locations[edit]

Third site
Fourth site

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 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 dress code, stipulating that, students wear a collared shirt, neatly tucked in with a belt, 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 with black, navy, or khaki pants. On Fridays (or the last day of the week) "Spirit Day" is in place and students may choose from a variety of school "Spirit" shirts with blue jeans.

These guidelines 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 Traditional 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 Runners-up:3),[5] basketball (State Championships: 4)(State Runners-up: 5),[6] baseball (State Championship: 1944), softball (State Runner-up: 2015), bowling, tennis, soccer, field hockey, wrestling, swimming, track and field (5-Peat State Championship Winners: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and lacrosse.


Maxwell Field, formerly called High School Park, was the football stadium located behind Male's former location on Brook Street.[7] In 1984 a double murder known locally as the Trinity murders occurred behind the stadium. This is now the site of the Dawson Orman Education Center.[8]

Sports championships[edit]

Championship Years Won
District Champion 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2014
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
1973, 1974, 1975, 1990, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002
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, 2015
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,
1996, 1998, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
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, 2016
Championship WRESTLERS
State Runner-Up Zane Brown '15 '16
State Champion Garrett Chandler '16

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.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class Notability
Chris Barclay professional football player[19]
Ralph Beard 1945 professional basketball player[20]
Winston Bennett 1983 professional basketball player[21]
Porter Bibb the first publisher of Rolling Stone[citation needed]
Rick Bolus 1968 Nations Top Prep Basketball Analyst[citation needed]
Emery Bopp 1942 artist[citation needed]
Louis Brandeis 1870 U.S. Supreme Court Justice[citation needed]
Michael Bush 2003 professional football player[22]
Valerie Coleman 1989 Classical Flutist and Composer. Founder of the 2005 nominated ensemble Imani Winds[citation needed]
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]
Kenny Kuhn 1955 professional baseball player[28]
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[29]
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]
George Weissinger Smith 1883 former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]
Hunter S. Thompson 1955 gonzo journalist, writer, novelist, political commentator[citation needed]
Wilson Wyatt former mayor of Louisville[citation needed]

See also[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. December 31, 1913. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Commonwealth Diploma". Wayback.archive.org. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  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 November 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "State Tournament Game-By-Game Results 1916-2012" (PDF). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dickey, Kelly (September 1, 2015). "From High School Park to 65,000-plus". Cardinal Sports. louisville.rivals.com. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Dawson Orman Ed. Ctr". Jefferson County Public Schools. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Male HS Baseball Championships". Malehsbaseball.com. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ "All-Time Regional Champions" (PDF). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Male Playoff History". Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Boys Golf Team State Titles" (PDF). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Boys Soccer State Titles" (PDF). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Boys Track State Titles" (PDF). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kentucky Girls' Basketball Regional Champions" (PDF). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Past Khsaa Girls' Soccer State Championship Results" (PDF). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Girls Track State Titles" (PDF). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Male HS Clubs". Jefferson.k12.ky.us. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Chris Barclay". NFL Enterpriss LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ralph Milton Beard". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Winston Bennett". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Michael Bush". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  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. ^ "Kenny Kuhn". baseball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Chris Redman". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013.