Lyons Township High School

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Lyons Township High School
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Lyons Township High School North Campus
LTHS is located in Chicago metropolitan area
Location in the Chicago area
100 South Brainard Avenue


United States
Coordinates41°48′44″N 87°52′49″W / 41.812155°N 87.88028°W / 41.812155; -87.88028 (North campus)
41°48′04″N 87°53′28″W / 41.801247°N 87.89101°W / 41.801247; -87.89101 (South campus)
Other nameLyons Township
School typeCo-ed Public
MottoVita Plena
(The quest for the fulfilling life)
School districtLyons Township High School District 204
SuperintendentTimothy B. Kilrea, PhD
PrincipalDr. Brian Waterman (Principal)
Shanna Lewis (Associate Principal South)
Kevin Brown (Associate Principal North)
Staff250.99 (FTE)[1]
Grades9–10 (South)
11–12 (North)
Enrollment4,052 (2018–19)[1]
Average class size18.8
Student to teacher ratio16.14[1]
Campus sizeEighty acres over two campuses
School colour(s)     royal blue
Fight songGold & Blue, based on My Illinois
Athletics conferenceWest Suburban Conference
MascotNessie and Noil
AccreditationNorth Central Association
Nobel laureatesBen R. Mottelson

Lyons Township High School (often referred to as LTHS or simply LT) is a public high school located in Western Springs, Illinois (South Campus), and also in La Grange, Illinois (North Campus). Lyons Township is a co-educational high school and serves grades 9–12 for Lyons Township High School District 204. Students from the communities of La Grange, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, La Grange Park, Countryside, Indian Head Park, Hodgkins, and parts of Brookfield, Willow Springs, and McCook attend Lyons Township. Lyons Township High School is the 8th-largest public high school in Illinois[2] and the 46th-largest public high school in the United States.[3] Freshmen and sophomores attend class at South campus, located at 4900 S. Willow Springs Rd. in Western Springs. Juniors and seniors attend class at North campus, located at 100 S. Brainard Ave. in LaGrange, which also houses the district offices. Sports facilities at Lyons Township include swimming pools, field houses, theatres, a turf football field (south campus), soccer fields, baseball fields, a gym, outdoor tracks, basketball courts, and volleyball courts. The two campuses are about a mile apart. Activity buses run after school between the campuses.


Lyons Township High School was opened on September 4, 1888. The enrollment included 39 students. An athletic field named Emmond Field was constructed in 1888, and a 1926–1929 expansion included the erection of a clock tower, auditorium, offices, library, and a gym. Leonard H. Vaughan (president of a seed company and former school board president,[4]) funded the erection of the Vaughan Building; it was constructed in 1949 for sporting events and classes. In 1956, South Campus was opened about a mile south-west in nearby Western Springs to accommodate the community's growing population. The Corral was constructed in 1944 as a social place for all students to spend time with each other after school hours. In 2005, a performing arts center, a field house, and a pool were added to the South campus to complement the facilities at the North campus.[5][6]


At LTHS boys compete in baseball, football, cross country, wrestling, golf, soccer, bowling, basketball, swimming, diving, track and field, lacrosse, water polo, tennis, and volleyball. Girls compete in basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, lacrosse, track and field, volleyball, badminton, softball and water polo.

The following teams have won their respective IHSA state championship tournaments:[7]

  • Baseball: 1966–67, 2002–03, 2010–11
  • Basketball (boys):1952–53, 1969–70
  • Cross country (boys): 1955–56, 1956–57
  • Golf (girls): 1938–39
  • Gymnastics (girls): 2012–13, 2013–14
  • Hockey (boys): 1979–80
  • Soccer (boys): 2009–10
  • Swimming and diving (boys)2015–16, 2016–17
  • Tennis (girls): 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93
  • Track and field (boys): 1913–14, 1914–15, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1960–61, 1972–73
  • Volleyball (girls):1975–76, 1989–90, 2010–11
  • Water Polo (boys): 2011–12, 2014–15
  • Water Polo (girls): 2009–10


The LION newspaper is the student publication of LTHS.[8] The LION is a member of the High School National Ad Network. The newspaper has won multiple awards:

  • Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association: 1st place nationally in 16+ page category in 1999
  • Scholastic Press Association: 1st place (national overall newspaper award)
  • Northern Illinois School Press Association: Golden Eagle Award: Best of Class 2009, One Honor Scholarship, 13 individual Blue
  • The red stripe award for journalistic excellence ribbons, and 47 Honorable Mentions
  • National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association: Two individual Awards of Excellence and one Honorable Mention
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors and Quill & Scroll: Four national 1st place awards
  • Illinois Men’s Press Association: A 2nd place award in Column Writing and an Honorable Mention in Sports Writing


LTHS is the license holder of WLTL-FM - a Class A non-commercial radio station which broadcasts from North Campus on 88.1 FM.[9] WLTL has won several national and local awards, including the Service to Young Children award. The station is student-run, with new student managers selected each year.

WLTL is the recipient of more than 25 awards of excellence, including the John Dunn award for "Best High School Radio Station in the Nation" and has had 10 consecutive years winning the Communicator Award. WLTL has also been recognized nationally for the quality broadcasting that it provides by the National Association of Broadcasters. Several current media figures got their start at WLTL, including Mike Murphy of WSCR, Dave Juday of WMVP-AM, Ryan Arnold and Emma McElherne of WXRT-FM, and Phil LeBeau of CNBC.

Clubs and activities[edit]

LTHS offers over 100 activities and athletics including academic clubs, communication arts, performing arts, intramurals, leadership and service organizations. They include the following:[10]

Performance groups

  • Brass Impact
  • Cheerleading
  • Color Guard and Winter guard
  • Drama Plays
  • Eurythmics
  • Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band & Jazz Lab Band
  • Latino Dance Troupe
  • Marching Band
  • Pit Orchestra
  • Pom Pons
  • Speech Team
  • Steppers
  • Symphonic Band
  • Theatre Board
  • Variety Show
  • Vocal Music
  • Wind Ensemble

Service groups and initiatives

  • Interact
  • Lion Friends
  • National Hispanic Institute
  • Peaceable/Warring Schools Initiative (PSI)
  • Relay for Life
  • Operation Snowball
  • Social Action Club
  • Student Council

Fine arts groups

  • Art Club
  • Brass Impact
  • Chorus
  • Drama Plays
  • Eurythmics
  • Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band & Jazz Lab Band
  • Madrigals
  • Marching Band
  • Orchestra
  • Photography Club
  • Symphonic Band
  • Theatre Board
  • Wind Ensemble

Academic organizations

  • Aviation Club
  • Chemistry Club
  • Choir Board
  • Congressional Debate
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
  • French/Exchange
  • German/Exchange
  • Italian/Exchange
  • Newspaper
  • Math Team
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Science Olympics
  • Spanish/Exchange
  • Speech Team
  • Yearbook
  • Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA)
  • Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE)

Clubs and organizations

  • A Cappella Club
  • American Sign Language Club
  • Archery Club
  • Art Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Auto Club
  • Aviation Club
  • Baccalaureate
  • Band
  • Best Buddies
  • Black Culture / Multi Culture Club
  • Board Game Club
  • Bowling Club
  • Breakfast with Barbells
  • Business Management
  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Catering Club
  • Cheerleading (Spirit)
  • Choir
  • Class of 2018
  • Class of 2019
  • Class of 2020
  • Class of 2021
  • Color Guard/Winter Guard
  • Congressional Debate
  • CyberPatriots
  • East Asian Culture Club
  • eSports Club
  • Eurythmic Dance Company
  • Fishing Club
  • French Club
  • Future Healthcare Professionals
  • GEMS
  • German Club
  • Greek Club
  • Improvisation Society of Geniuses
  • Interact Club
  • Italian Club
  • Latin Club
  • LION Newspaper
  • Lions Den Student Section
  • LTTV
  • Math Team
  • Menagerie
  • Model UN
  • National Hispanic Institute (NHI)
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • Officiating Club
  • Orchestra
  • Peaceable Schools Initiative (PSI)
  • Peer Leadership
  • Philosophy Club
  • Photography Club
  • Poms
  • Programming Club
  • Project ASSIST
  • Recycling Club
  • Relay for Life
  • Rock Climbing
  • SAVE Promise Club
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Anime Club
  • Snowball
  • Social Action Club
  • Songwriting Circle
  • Speech Team
  • STEM Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Steppers
  • Student Athletic Training (Sports Medicine)
  • Student Council
  • Technology Club
  • Technology Student Association
  • Theatre Board
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Variety Show
  • VEX Robotics Club
  • WLTL
  • Zoology

Throughout the year, students arrange multiple small events for the school as well as the community. Such events include the All School Assembly, Relay For Life events, Computer Drive, Secret Santa, Rockathon and various other student run events.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  8. ^ "LION Newspaper - The voice of Lyons Township students for more than 100 years". Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "WLTL 88.1 FM LaGrange". WLTL 88.1 FM LaGrange. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
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