Lutheran High School of Orange County

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Lutheran High School of Orange County
Lutheran Highschool of Orange Logo.jpg
2222 North Santiago Boulevard
Orange, California

Coordinates33°49′30″N 117°49′41″W / 33.82500°N 117.82806°W / 33.82500; -117.82806Coordinates: 33°49′30″N 117°49′41″W / 33.82500°N 117.82806°W / 33.82500; -117.82806
Religious affiliation(s)Lutheran
PrincipalTodd Eklund
HeadmistressLeslie Smith
Faculty84.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment1,363[1] (2015-2016)
Student to teacher ratio16.1[1]
Color(s)Red, Gold & White
Athletics conferenceTrinity League
NicknameOLu (pronounced Oh-Loo)
Team nameLancers

Lutheran High School of Orange County (commonly known as Orange Lutheran High School) is a private Lutheran high school in Orange, California in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, founded in 1973.[2] The school offers traditional, online and hybrid schedules for its students.[3] Orange Lutheran is accredited by the National Lutheran School Accreditation Organization and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school is also known for its Missions Program, which travels internationally and nationally on a year-round basis.[4]


School buildings

In the fall of 2003, the Alexandra Nechita Center for the Arts opened in the space once occupied by an old gym. The 740-seat performance hall is home to drama, dance, instrumental and vocal music productions, guest speakers and chapel services.[5]

In 2014, the school completed a round of renovations as part of its "Beyond Expectations" program which added 40,000 sq. ft. of new buildings to the school’s footprint, including a new academic center, three new classrooms, and new collaborative meeting spaces for students, teachers and parents, in addition to the student union and a 12,900 sq. ft. covered lunch area.[6]

In late 2004, Orange Lutheran partnered with the Apollo Group to offer online classes.[7] In 2013, the school launched a new enrollment system[8] and integrated tablets into its curriculum.[9]


The school operates under a two semester system and eight periods on a block schedule. Four are periods offered each day that are 75 minutes in length. All students attend Daily Gathering, which includes Praise & Worship, Chapel and school activities.[10]

Orange Lutheran incorporates 19 Advanced Placement classes into its curriculum. The Orange Lutheran Online (OLO) program allows for students to complete coursework online on a full-time basis. "Blended" schedules allow students to work online and attend on-campus classes.[3] The school also offers a STEM program.[11]


All students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of "Service to Society" community service for each year of attendance. Five of the 20 hours will involve participation in one Service Day event each year.[12]


Orange Lutheran has 20 varsity athletic teams, including hockey, which won the 2014-15 State title and a 2014 Track and Field State Title in the Pole Vault by Carl Johansson.[13] They include football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, water polo, swimming, soccer, golf, track and field, cross country, tennis, and wrestling.[14] The school competes in the CIF Southern Section and the Trinity League.[15]

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "Lutheran High School - Orange County". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2011-01-08. "Total Students: 1,322 (2007-2008)"
  2. ^ "Orange Lutheran marks 40 years". Orange County Register. August 27, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Orange Lutheran High School".
  4. ^ "Orange Lutheran High School Missions".
  5. ^ "Alexandra Nechita Center for the Performing Arts". Goldstar.
  6. ^ "Orange Lutheran completes $15 million expansion". The Orange County Register.
  7. ^ Damast, Alison (April 19, 2007). "Be True to Your Cyberschool". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved December 31, 2014. Apollo's entry into the online high school market began two-and-a-half-years ago, when the company formed a partnership with Orange Lutheran High School in California.
  8. ^ "The Lutheran High School of Orange County launches their Smart Choice System". Smart Choice Technologies.
  9. ^ Leal, Fermin (May 24, 2012). "Orange Lutheran to launch iPad curriculum". Orange County Register. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  10. ^ "Orange Lutheran High School ~Innovation in Learning".
  11. ^ "Orange Lutheran High School ~STEM".
  12. ^ "Orange Lutheran High School ~Service to Society".
  13. ^ "Orange Lutheran captures state title - state, lancers, game - Sports - OC Varsity". OC Varsity.
  14. ^ "Orange Lutheran High School".
  15. ^ "Orange Lutheran High School".
  16. ^ Sondheimer, Eric. "Cole Winn of Orange Lutheran selected 15th overall in MLB draft, pitcher Casey Mize of Auburn goes first". Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  17. ^ Sondheimer, Eric (February 27, 2008). "Orange Lutheran's Cole is a pitcher with options". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  18. ^ Lev, Michael (April 25, 2012). "Don't sleep on QB Aaron Corp in the NFL draft". Orange County Register. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  19. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (April 25, 2013). "Angels can't solve Mariners' Brandon Maurer in 6-0 loss". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  20. ^ Burt, Tim (August 3, 2008). "Irvine community supporting Olympic cyclist Amber Neben". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  21. ^ Fernas, Rob (September 20, 2003). "Living Large". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  22. ^ Sondheimer, Eric (March 10, 2014). "Austin Pettis is hosting camp and charity basketball game". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  23. ^ "Orange Lutheran's consistency could pay off in CIF Southern Section baseball playoffs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  24. ^ Foster, Chris (February 20, 2001). "Langston Likes His View, From the Ground Up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 31, 2014.

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