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West Shore students' art to be part of airport exhibit

geyer imageArtwork of two students in the West Shore Career-Tech's Media, Art & Design class has been chosen to be part of an exhibition called Mythical Creatures at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s new Youth Art Gallery. The exhibit will run December 28, 2017-October 31, 2018. Congratulations to juniors Riley Geyer and Victoria Myers for their inclusion in the selective exhibit. Click Read More to see their winning work.

Trio of wrestlers take home tournament titles

rangerman logoLakewood High wrestlers wrapped up their weekend with three individual champions and a solid team finish at the Riverside Rumble Tournament. Freshmen Jayden Jackson moved to 12-1 after winning the 152 weight class​. Senior Joey Rodriguez (182 pounds) won his second championship this season and is 11-0. Sophomore Yousef Awad also won his class and is now 11-1.

Ranger Shop Plans Pop-Up Shop on Dec. 16

Ranger Shop logoNeed a gift for your Ranger? Stop by the LHS Ranger Shop on Saturday, December 16th from 10 am - 3 pm for all of your Ranger Spirit Wear needs. PJ pants are back in stock along with some great new knit hats-perfect for the cold weather! The shop is located in the Lakewood High Bookroom, which can be accessed through the east-end cafeteria doors.


vaseThe Lakewood High Art Department will host a Photography, Ceramics & Fiber Arts Show on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 5-7 pm in the Civic Auditorium lobby. An awards ceremony will take place at 6 pm. Come see the show before attending the Sounds of the Season concert at 7:30 pm. Make it a great arts evening!


Today at approximately 1:30 pm at Lakewood High School, smoke and a burning odor was reported by a staff member. The entire building was immediately evacuated and the Lakewood Fire Department was on the scene within minutes. At no time were any of our students or staff in danger.  The Fire Department determined that the smell and smoke was caused by a burned out motor that was caused due to issues related to a single phase power outage that impacted LHS.

Chipotle Fundraiser to Help Interact/ShelterboxUSA

chipotle logoJoin LHS' Interact club on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 4-8 pm at Lakewood Chipotle to help raise money for the club's ShelterboxUSA project. Show this flyer when your order or mention the club and 50% of your bill will be donated.

News 5 Highlights Badat's Work to Open Malawi School

badatLakewood HIgh Principal Yakoob Badat's efforts to open a primary school in his native Malawi through Nanze, the nonprofit he founded, were featured recently on News 5 Cleveland. You can view the video here.

Pumpkin Palooza highlights Oct. service opportunities

logoIf it's October, then that means it's Pumpkin Palooza time! Find out when and how can volunteer for this event and many other great service opportunities this month with H2O by viewing this month's calendar.

Ranger Cafe Accepting Reservations; Opens Oct. 24

cafe logoThe Ranger Café at West Shore, located at Lakewood High School, will be open for business beginning on Tuesday, October 24. Ranger Café is operated by the students and staff of the Culinary Arts program of the West Shore Career-Technical District. They cook the food, wait on the tables, manage the cash register and everything else that goes along with running a restaurant. The food is fabulous and the prices reasonable!

Spirit Parade & Homecoming 2017

marching bandSchools across the District celebrated Homecoming Week September 25-30 with Spirit Days and capped off the week with the Spirit Parade. A new Homecoming King and Queen were crowned (Gabby Eisel and Jacob Richmond), the football team gave a valiant fight in its loss to North Olmsted, and hundreds of high schoolers danced the night away Saturday evening. Ranger spirit was everywhere! See Spirit Parade & Homecoming photos here.

Congrats to the new Homecoming King & Queen

king and queenCongratulations to Jacob Richmond and Gabby Eisel on being named the 2017 Homecoming King & Queen! Joining them on the Homecoming Court are Emily Ertle, Rachel Fox, Erin Mullen, Olivia Nagy, Courtney Ribar, Ahmed Alhanash, Alex Aoun, Joe Byczek, Joe Giffels, and Rory Meehan. 

Soccer Tops St. Ed's To Claim Community Cup

boys soccer teamCongratulations to the boys' varsity soccer team, which defeated St. Ed's, 2-0, to win back the Community Cup trophy on September 25. The Rangers won on goals scored by Brennan Foran and Malvin Gblah. Goalkeeper George Hericks kept the Eagles scoreless. The JV team also beat the Eagle, 2-1, and remain undefeated for the season. Go Rangers! 

Girls' Tennis Hosting Angelo's Fundraiser Sept. 27

angelo's logoThe Lakewood High girls' tennis team will be hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 27 at Angelo's Pizza. From open to close, Angelo's will donate 20% of your bill if you mention the tennis team. The offer is good for dine-in, delivery or takeout and includes gift cards as well. An easy way to help one of our Ranger teams!

LHS Pays Tribute to WWII Hero, Staff Sgt. McGraw

flags lining streetFriday morning, Lakewood High staff members and students lined the streets to pay tribute and respect to Lakewood's fallen World War II hero and LHS grad, Staff Sgt. Thomas McGraw, whose remains were welcomed home this week after being buried in the Adriatic Sea for more than 70 years. As the funeral procession went by you could hear a pin drop as family members tearfully acknowledged and expressed gratitude for the show of support from the LHS community. RIP, Staff Sgt. McGraw. Photo Gallery

Doubles Title Highlights Tennis' SWC Tournament Showing

rangerman logoThe girls' varsity tennis team had an impressive showing in the Southwest Conference championship tournament held on September. 16 & 18. The team placed third overall, led by a first-place finish for the 2nd doubles team of  Clare Harvey and Sarah Yonkers. Haley Stanaitis was the highest individual finisher with a 3rd overall in 3rd singles.

Sign up for senior yearbook pictures on Sept. 27

cameraLast chance for free senior yearbook photos: Senior yearbook pictures will be taken at LHS on Wednesday, September 27. A signup sheet for appointments is on the wall outside Room B207. Stop by and sign up soon. ONLY PICTURES FROM PRESTIGE PHOTOGRAPHY WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE YEARBOOK, so make sure to have yours taken that day. It is recommended that all seniors have their pictured taken that day to avoid missing out on having their photos included in the yearbook.

National Merit Semifinalist Leads List of Academic Standouts

Veronica LeeThe annual September announcements of the National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions and Advanced Placement Scholars includes Lakewood High students who are among the top academic students in the nation . Based on tests taken in the 2016-2017 school year, the latest LHS academic stars include National Merit Semifinalist Veronica Lee (pictured at left), three National Merit Commended Students and 85 AP Scholars, including four National AP Scholars.

Toiletries Drive to Benefit Community Closets, Honor Giffels

t shirtAt this Friday's LHS football game vs. Berea-Midpark, the first 500 people to make a donation ~ either monetary or new, unopened toiletries ~ will receive a free “NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE” t-shirt in honor of Anne Giffels, friend and colleague to many in the Lakewood City Schools and the community.

Class of 2018 Kicks off Scholarship Drive

While students at Lakewood High are focusing on homework, Friday nights, and planning for their future, they are also looking to give back to their community. The days for LHS seniors are dwindling and as these students reflect upon their time in Lakewood, they are beginning to realize the many gifts afforded to them by this community, sparking a desire to give back. The LHS Senior Class is looking to promote academic success, active volunteerism, and a continuation into secondary education through the establishment of a Class of 2018 Scholarship Fund.

Music Boosters First Meeting Sept. 5

boosters logoThe Music Boosters will be holding its first general meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 5 at 7:30 pm. Anyone is welcome to join the meeting and become a member of the Boosters. Please enter through the athletic doors in the back and go to the keyboad classroom (E134). 

H2O Orientation Meeting Sept. 7 at 7:15 am

H20 logoH2O (Help to Others) will host a meeting for interested high school students on Thursday, September 7 at 7:15 am in the Lakewood High School cafeteria. Calendars of service events and volunteer sign-up sheets will be available. It will also be a chance to see the  new H2O office in the newly renovated cafeteria area! This is a great opportunity to learn about and become involved with the H2O high school club.

LHS Musicians Selected for All-State, Region Orchestras

ne ohio orchestra membersLakewood High will be well-represented at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Region Orchestra as five student musicians were selected for the honors ensemble. Of the five chosen, sophomore cellist Grace Gill was also selected to be part of the All-State Orchestra.

Cross Country Teams to Host Chipotle Fundraiser Aug. 29

chipotle logoCome to Lakewood's Chipotle and support the Lakewood High School boys' and girls' cross country teams. Fifty percent of sales from 4-8pm will be donated to the teams. Be sure to show this flyer or mention you are supporting the cross country teams.
If you order online, be sure to pay in the store and mention/show the flyer for credit to to the teams.


Community Celebrates New Performing Arts & Phys Ed Wing

ribbon cuttingHundreds turned out to enjoy the dedication of the new Lakewood High Performing Arts & Physical Education Wing on a hot but beautiful Sunday afternoon on Aug. 20. The dedication marked the near completion of the final construction project of the District's Facilities Master Plan. The gym is scheduled to open Nov. 1.


chipotle logoJoin the LHS girls' soccer team at their fundraiser at Lakewood Chipotle on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 4-8 pm. Show this flyer or tell the cashier before ordering about the fundraiser and Chipotle will give 50% of your check to the team.


College & Career Information Night and Open House is set for Thursday, Aug. 24. The Guiidance Dept. will present on planning for college and career readiness from 5-6 pm in the Civic. From 6-7:30 pm, students may visit representatives from more than two dozen post-secondary institutions set up in the hallways. From 6:30-8:30, parents can follow their student's schedule to meet their teachers in their classrooms. Click here for a list of colleges attending. 

Chromebook Distribution for 9th & 10th Graders

LHS chromebooks will be distributed to incoming 9th and 10th graders on August 15 and August 16 from 9:00-11:30 am and 12:30-3:00 pm. Please enter at the flagpole entrance. Students must have their 2017-2018 AUP and Chromebook Agreement signed by the student and parent/guardian and have paid their 2016-2017 $50 tech fee in order to receive their chromebook. Those who did not pick up their chromebooks during designated pick-up times will need to pick theirs up from the LRC during the first week of school.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Firstenberger at 216.529.4045 or

Chromebook Agreement

Student Musicians Coming to Your Neighborhood Sept. 9

Tag!  Lakewood is IT. Who can it be knocking at my door? Lakewood High School musicians will be walking in your neighborhood on Saturday, September 9, from 1:00-5:00 pm.  Musicians will be handing out the 2017-2018 performance schedule, Music Boosters membership forms, phone app info, and accepting free will donations. Parent volunteers needed: please sign up by clicking here.


Marching Band Festival Preview Is Aug. 16

band logoBring the family, camp chairs and a picnic basket, and watch and listen as the Ranger Marching Band prepares for the annual Lakewood High School Band Festival by marching non-stop for four hours. All families, fans, friends, and alumni of the band, and all members of the local business community, are invited to sponsor a student with a donation. Nine sponsorship levels are available with corresponding rewards at the Preview event and in the Festival program. Sponsorship information is available here.

Board Considers Multi-Purpose Field Proposal for North Lot

Superintendent Jeff Patterson recommended to the Board of Education at its August 7 meeting that it consider installing a multi-purpose field in the North Lot across from Lakewood High. The Board had promised at the beginning of the Facilities Master Plan implementation that it would return the North Lot to a field and parking lot when construction was complete.

Student Parking Passes Available 7 AM on Aug 21

carParking passes will go on sale on Monday, August 21 at 7 am in the Bookroom  A limited number of passes will be available and will likely sell out that morning.  The cost is $10. The application must be signed by the student and parent.  Also required are the student's driver's license and current proof of insurance with expiration date. Click here for the application form or find it on the LHS Bookroom web page.

LHS Duo Part of All-Ohio State Fair Band

fair band logoTwo Lakewood High musicians are spending two weeks in Columbus as members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band are juniors Lidia Logan and Kira Marjanovic.

LHS New WIng Dedication to be livestreamed

LHS new wingPlease join the Lakewood Board of Education, Superintendent Jeff Patterson and Principal Keith Ahearn at the Dedication Celebration for the new Lakewood High School Performing Arts & Physical Education Wing today at 4 pm. The building will be open for tours immediately following the ceremony. The District is eager to share this significant milestone with community members, whose generosity made the completion of our Facilities Master Plan possible!

Link to livestreaming here.

Fall Sports Preseason Meeting Set for July 20

Ranger logoFor those interested in playing a fall sport for the 2017-2018 school year, there will be a OHSAA-required preseason meeting for parents and athletes on Thursday, July 20 at 6 pm in the Harding Middle School Gym. 

Yard Signs Celebrate Highest Achievement on AP Tests

AP yard signSigns were placed at 42 Lakewood High students' homes Thursday, congratulating the students for scoring a "5" on at least one Advanced Placement exam taken in May. Many of those students scored multiple "5s". Congratulations to these students and their teachers and all who took these difficult college-level exams!

LHS Basketball/Golf Teams Join for Golf Fundraiser

ballJoin the boys' basketball and the golf teams of Lakewood High for a fun golf fundraiser outing on Saturday, July 22. There will be lots of food, prizes and great golf! Click here for more information.


chipotle logoThe LHS girls' soccer program will be holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, June 27 from 5-9 pm at Lakewood Chipotle. Make sure to show this flyer when you order and Chipotle will donate 50% of your check to the team.

LHS Team is Academic Challenge Champion!

ac The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team captured the championship of the WEWS-NewsChannel 5 Academic Challenge TV show! The team of seniors Ian Bell and Evan Suttell and junior Brian Donahoe beat teams from St. Vincent St. Mary and Benedictine high schools for the win. Lakewood finished with 560 points, St. Vincent St. Mary 440 and Benedictine 390. Besides the trophy, the win earned the school $4,000. Congratulations to the team and to advisers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak.

Malloy Credits LHS for his start on path to Broadway

malloyLakewood High School 1994 graduate Dave Malloy recently saw his musical, "Natasha & Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812," nominated for 12 Tonys, including two nominations for himself. The Broadway smash took home two Tonys for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting for musicals. In a recent article, Malloy credits Lakewood High for his musical start. Click here to read the story.

Academic Challenge Team Earns 5th Place at Nationals

tournament teamCongratulations to our LHS Academic Challenge team on its outstanding performance in the National Academic Championship tournament in Chicago! The varsity team finished 6-2 and in a tie for fifth place overall while the JV team finished 3-3. The varsity team bowed out of the tournament in the playoff round when it lost a tight match to Detroit Jesuit High School. Good work by all the tournament participants and advisers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak.

LHS Teacher Petto Wins Jennings Foundation Award

PettoLakewood High School math teacher Peter Petto has been selected as the winner of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation’s George B. Champman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education. It is one of the highest awards the foundation bestows on an educator.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

gradsLakewood High School seniors - 321 of them - marched across the stage to receive their high school diploma on Sunday, June 4, in front a packed Civic Auditorium full of their family, friends and teachers. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education President Betsy Shaughnessy along with congratulations from Superintendent Jeff Patterson and LHS Principal Keith Ahearn.

Lakewood High Commencement Livestreaming Available

The 168th Lakewood High Commencement ceremony can be viewed beginning at 1:30 pm at this link:

June Staff Spotlight Shines on 4 Dedicated Staff Members

spotlight logoThe last month of recognition for our Staff Spotlight feature shines the light on four staff members with very diverse roles in the District but all have in common their professionalism and dedication as they go about doing their jobs. Congratulations to Garfield Middle School cleaner Nadia Bouti, LHS teacher Megan Eadah, Lakewood City Academy dropout prevention agent Renee Kolecki, and Roosevelt Elementary teacher Cindy Vullo. Click "Read More" to learn why these four are honored.

Ranger Athletes Earn Conference Honors

rangerman logoCongratulations to our Ranger student athletes who have been recognized by the Southwestern Conference for their outstanding efforts during the spring 2017 season, led by senior Hailey Owens, who was named to the conference 1st Team in softball and will continue her career at Baldwin Wallace University.

Summer Reading Assignments Available

booksThe summer reading assignments for core English classes grades 9-12 are now available. Please click here to view each grade's assignment.

Class of 2017 Post-Grad Plans Reflect Diverse Class

grad capWhen the Class of 2017 graduates on June 4, a new chapter will begin for its members. Some grads will go off to serve our country, some will join the work world. Many will continue their education at 2- and 4-year institutions. Many of our graduates will stay close to home, attending Cleveland State and Tri-C, while others will attend some of our country's most prestigious schools such as Carleton College, Georgetown University and University of Pennsylvania. For a list of the post-grad choices of our seniors, click here.

Congratulations to MILES Class of 2017 graduates!

MILES graduateFIve students from the Moving to Independent Learning and Employment Successs, or MILES, program are Lakewood High Class of 2017's first graduates! The five students were awarded diplomas by Superintendent Jeff Patterson at a ceremony at the school on May 24. Congratulations to Frannie Borick, Emily Gilgallon, Anthony Scott, Nick Scavone and Owen Teets! Click "Read More" to view photos.

Students Honored at W. Shore Passport Assembly

west shore logoCongratulations to the nearly 200 West Shore Career-Technical students who received their Career Passport at the annual assembly and recognition program on May 18.  Career Passports are awarded to West Shore students who successfully complete their course of study.  Each passport includes the student’s resume, state testing certificates along with any career-field licensing and awards the student has earned.

Seniors Show Showcases Amazing Student Art

paintingThe annual Lakewood High Seniors Art Show was held on May 18 and like every year, the artwork was amazing and inspiring! Awards for Best in Show were given in seven different medium categories. Congratulations to all the artists and teachers Amy Sedlak, Arline Olear, Autumn Sabin, Dayna Hansen, Kari Sanford and Anne McQuay. See the list of winners on next page.


LHS shieldThe Lakewood High new student Fresh Start orientation program will be Aug. 15 & 16, 2017. A parent session will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15 beginning at 6:15 pm in the Ranger Cafe for mingling and refreshments. The information program will begin at 7:30 pm in the Civic. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, students can attend on of two sessions: 9-11:30 am or 12:30 - 3 pm. Students will receive Chromebooks and learn the ins and outs of LHS. Please register here by Aug. 6. Any questions, email

LHS History Club To Present "Lincoln Quotes" On May 14

Abe LincolnThe Lakewood High School History Club will present "Lincoln in Quotes" on Sunday, May 14 at 7 pm at the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium. Club president, junior Faiza Manaa, and adviser Dr. Chuck Greanoff will examine the intentions and achievements of Lincoln through an analysis of some of his most famous quotes. Context matters, but so does your attendance! Please join the club for a conversation about our most quoted president. The program should last about an hour, with time for questions afterward. 

Hankins Receives Grammy Music Educator Finalist Award

hankins with awardFive months after being named one of 10 nationwide finalists for the Grammy Museum’s Music Educator Award, Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Beth Hankins was presented with her finalist award and the accompanying check for $1,000 at a ceremony during intermission of the school’s spring musical.

Senior Recognition Day is May 12

Parents are invited to attend the Class of 2017 Senior Recognition Day on May 12 beginning at 8:40 am in the Civic Auditorium.The event will celebrate our seniors' accomplishments during their high school careers. Students, please wear your post-secondary apparel and stop by Guidance during lunch for a photo.

Sophomore class holding clothing drive May 6

box of clothesThe sophomore class is holding an Easter Seals clothing drive this Saturday, May 6 from 10 am-1 pm.  An Easter Seals truck will be parked in the North Lot at Lakewood High to collect items such as clothing, boots, belts, purses, bags, sheets, blankets, and coats. Easter Seals will also accept small household items such as dishes, kitchen appliances, picture frames, jewelry, and toys.  All items must be bagged or boxed. Please no bed pillows, stuffed animals, furniture, or any item a baby sleeps or sits in.

LHS Band, Choirs Receive High Ratings at State Contest

music notesOn Friday, April 28, the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Mixed Choir, and Symphonic Treble Choir all participated in the OMEA State Adjudicated Event.  Wind Ensemble performed at North Royalton High School and received an Excellent rating. Symphonic Mixed Choir and Symphonic Treble Choir performed at Highland High School in Medina, and each received a Superior rating. Congratulations to directors Clinton Steinbrunner and Peter Hampton and their students!

West Shore Student Wins State Culinary Competition

Jessica with trophyCongratulations to West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts student Jessica Bohannon, who won first place in the 2017 Ohio FCCLA State Creative Cake Competition! Jessica created a chocolate butter cake with raspberry jam, white chocolate mousse, vanilla buttercream and a swirled mirror glaze and gum paste flowers. 

LHS Ranked Among U.S. News' Best High Schools in Nation

Lakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Bronze Medalist for 2017. The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to state proficiency standards and how well schools prepare students for college.

Five Ranger Athletes Sign to Continue Sports Careers

athletes signingLakewood High celebrated the signing of letters of intent of five of its senior Ranger athletes to play collegiate sports at the Division I and II level. Not only are these five Rangers top athletes in their respective sport, but they are stellar students as well. Congratulations to Halle Krebs, Elizabeth Pearlman, Kelley Reis, Daniel Strachan and Gabby Wine!

Students Enjoy First Day in New LHS Cafeteria

cafeteria lineLakewood High students were welcomed back from Spring Break with a new cafeteria waiting for them to enjoy. The new kitchen and dining space were the talk of the school. Walls of glass and high ceilings give the space an open, airy feel. The cafeteria still has some work to be done, which will be completed over the summer. See photos from the first day in this Photo Gallery.

Barnstormers to Perform "Little Women" May 4-6

Little Women logoIt’s getting close to spring musical time! You won’t want to miss this year’s Barnstormers’ production, “Little Women,” based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. The show is May 4-6 at 7:30 in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. Presale tickets can be purchased through the LHS Bookroom for $8 by calling 216-529-4047. It's going to be a great show!

Junior Robinson sets school record in 100-meter dash

Jordan RobinsonCongratulations to LHS junior Jordan Robinson, who broke the school record in the 100-meter dash twice last week! On April 5, she ran a 12.55, and then April 8 she improved the record with a 12.15.. The previous record (12.65) was set by April Yachanin in 1999.

LHS Students Earn Top Awards in Rotary/Beck Contest

Speech winnersLakewood High students swept the Speech category and also earned recognition in other categories in the 72nd annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests. Earning first place and $750 in the Speech contest was senior Elizabeth Pearlman. Second and third place went to juniors Brian Donahoe and Zach Howe, respectively.

Boys' track & field Chipotle fundraiser March 29

chiopotle logoThe Lakewood High boys' track & field team will host a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Wednesday, March 29 from 5-9 pm. Download and show this flyer on your smartphone or mention the team when you order and 50% of your bill will go to the team.

LHS Students Take 1st & 2nd in Hiram Writing Contest

Zach HoweostrowskiLakewood High students took the top two spots in the Hiram College Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest and several other students earned Honorable Mention and Finalist honors. Congratulations to junior Zachary Howe, who was awarded first place and junior Isabel Ostrowski, who took second place.

Junior Jump Start Night March 29

Juniors and their parents are invited to Junior Jump Start Night on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 pm in the Civic. Come hear how you can get a head start on the college application process and learn more about the entire journey. 

The Lakewood Project Taking its Show on the Road

Lakewood Project logoThe Lakewood Project, the Lakewood High electric rock orchestra, will be taking its show on the road! The group, the first of its kind in the country when it was formed in 2002, will be traveling to Delaware City Schools, Indian Hill Schools, and Ashland City Schools from March 22-24.


maya and garrettLakewood High School senior Maya Sutliff has been named a national Gold Medal winner - the highest honor - in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and senior Garrett Bodnar a Silver Medal winner.

Adults Only After Prom Fundraiser at O'Toole's April 1

The LHS After Prom Committee is holding an adults only fundraiser at O'Toole's Pub & Restaurant on Saturday, April 1, from 7-10 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. There will be a silent auction, side boards and a Chinese Raffle and a $500 grand prize. See this flyer for more info and ticket order from. You can also purchase on PayPal by going to


microphoneCome see the incredible diversity of artistic talent our Lakewood High students have by attending the annual LHS Talent Show. You have two nights to choose from: Friday, March 24 or Saturday, March 25. Show begins at 7 pm each night and tickets are $5. Proceeds go toward defraying the cost of Prom for the senior class.

LHS Braves the Shave event raises $12,000 for pediatric cancer

arianna in the chairThe students and staff of Lakewood High can hold their bald heads proud as they raised more than $12,000 for pediatric cancer research and St. Baldrick's Foundation at the school's LHS Braves the Shave event on March 16. About 30 students, teachers and other District employees and community members shaved their heads for the cause.

LHS Staff, Students to Shave Heads to Fight Cancer

Baldricks logoOn March 14 at LHS, 18 staff and students will be shaving their heads to raise money and awareness of those afflicted with childhood cancer. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. More than $6,000 has been raised of the $7,000 goal.

Senior McCrae Selected for Hockey All-Star Game

McRaeLakewood High Donny McCrae has been chosen from among nearly 200 Greater Cleveland senior hockey players to participate in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League's All Star Event on March 17 at Quicken Loans Arena. McCrae, who plays defense, will join 58 other seniors who will split into four teams for a 4 v 4 tournament beginning at 3:55 pm.


teamThis Saturday, Feb 18, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge team will compete on the Academic Challenge show, airing on Channel 5, WEWS, at 7 pm. The team has been burning through the regular Southwest Conference season and stands at 6-1 in conference play. Over the past five years in conference play, Lakewood has an outstanding record of 36-2.  


ranger logoThe Lakewood High swimming and diving team will be sending 12 swimmers and two divers to the Division 1 Northwest District Championship Meet after an impressive showing at the Sectionals meet on Feb. 11 at Cleveland State, including numerous top 10 finishes at a meet that included 17 teams.


Ian BellCongratulations to senior Ian Bell, who was the highest scorer in Cuyahoga County on the American Legion Government & Americanism test administered by American Legion Post 451 in Rocky River. Bell's test will now be forwarded to the Department of Ohio American Legion to compete with top scorers from other districts around Ohio. 


dollar signOne day, two great chances to help students in our District: On Thursday, Feb. 16, Garfield Middle School will hold a fundraiser at Angelo's Pizza to help raise money for the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. Angelo's will donate 20% of the bill to Garfield if you show this flyer or mention Garfield. That same day, the LHS girls' track team will host a fundraiser at Chipotle, which will donate 50% of your order between 5-9 pm. Mention LHS track or show this flyer. How about Angelo's for lunch and Chipotle for dinner?!


melt logoOn Thursday, Feb. 9 from 11 am - 10 pm Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood will donate 20% of your check to the LHS After-Prom Committee. Good for takeout or dine-in but patrons must show this flyer for the committee to receive the donation. Each member of the dining party must have a flyer. There will be similar Melt fundraisers on March 20 & April 19.


pillaOn Wednesday, Feb. 15, LHS will present a panel of health care experts to discuss "Managing Meds at College." The discussion will begin at 7 pm in Lecture Hall 2 and include two pediatricians and university health care representatives. Senior parents, come get all those nagging questions/worries in your head answered! More info here


hannanThe Lakewood Board of Education  at its Feb. 6 meeting approved Tom Hannan, current assistant head coach at Garrettsville’s James A. Garfield High School, as the next head coach for the Lakewood High School varsity football team. The community will get its first chance to meet the new coach at a "meet & greet" planned for 6 pm on Feb. 10 at the Civic Auditorium.


logoLakewood High math teacher Peter Petto is one of those people who revels in the process as much as the result. In contrast to the black and white of math, Peter recognizes there is no one way to achieve a result in teaching and that each student deserves the instructional approach that works best for him or her. Because of this, and many other qualities, Peter has been selected as our February Staff Spotlight honoree.


ranger logoCongratulations to our trio of Ranger Southwest Conference individual swimming champions: seniors Evan Gainous, Preston Polen and Kelley Reis! Reis set a pool and meet record en route to a win in the 100 backstroke and she also topped the field in 100 butterfly at the conference championship meet Jan. 28. Polen defended his title in the 100 butterfly and Gainous won the 100 backstroke. The 400 free relay of Gainous, Polen, Nick Ferrone and Colman McGuan were also champs!


boosters logoHelp support the Lakewood Music Boosters buy buying a football square for $20 for a chance to win $200-$800. If your numbers match the end of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and/or final score you win $200! The Music Boosters are selling 100 football ‘squares’ for the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.To purchase tickets you can go to and pay with PayPal. Visit for more details. Proceeds from this fundraiser support the Lakewood City School music programs K-12 and the new LHS Performing Arts Wing.



theter logoThe LHS Barnstormers Drama Club will perform its annual student-written & directed Winter One Act Play Festival February 1-4 at 7:30 pm in the LHS Art Atrium. There will be a special “after school” performance at 4 pm on Friday, Feb. 3. Tickets are $5 at the door.


logoPlease join the Class of 2017 After-Prom Committee for a fundraiser on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Angelo's Pizza. Angelo's will donate 20% of your delivery, take out and dine in orders to the committee. The offer is good the entire day, from 11 am-midnight. Make sure to you are supporting LHS After Prom.


winnwesCongratulations to the three grand prize winners of the 2016-17 LHS Science Fair! The winners, pictured at left, are Logan Camp, Alice King and Emma Hirsch.  They will advance to the Northeast Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held in March. Also advancing to the next round are the blue ribbon winners, who include: Lily Bacon, Kim Banak, Maizy Cunningham, Mackenzie Davis, Isabella Dombrowski, Sophia Miranda, William Rosenberger, Aaron Shaffer, and Aurora Thurman.


Don't forget the Class of 2017 After-Prom Committee meeting is Thursday, Jan. 19 at Garfield Middle School at 6:30 pm in the Cafetorium. Please join the fun of planning this After-Prom Party for our seniors. The committee need loads of help to make this a successful, fun and safe night! 



O'Reilly vaseArtwork created by students from Lakewood High School, West Shore Career-Tech’s Media Art & Design program and Harding Middle School  earned more than 40 honors, including 11 highest honors, in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition. In total, Lakewood and West Shore students earned 45 recognitions.


tshirtTo commemorate the opening of the new Lakewood High academic wing, the high school is selling “All In 216” t-shirts with rendering of the new wing on the back for $10 through the LHS Bookroom. You can order by calling 216-529-4047. Hurry, quantities are limited!


hoopThe Ranger varsity girls' basketball team beat Magnificat High School, 47-36, in a DIvision 1 District semfinal game on Feb. 27. The Rangers, coached by Mike Harper, will vie for the District title versus Medina High School on Thursday, March 2 at 7 pm at Valley Forge High School. Congratulations to the players an coaches on their postseason success so far!


chiopitle logoThe Lakewood High sophomore class is hosting a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Saturday, March 25th at 5:00-9:00 pm.  Mention the sophomore class and 50% of the sales will go toward the class.

Emerson Principal Named New LHS Associate Principal

SiftarThe Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting held Friday, April 7, 2017 approved the appointment of Emerson Elementary School Principal Brian Siftar as Associate Principal for Lakewood High School effective with the 2017-2018 school year. The move to Lakewood High School will be a familiar one for Siftar, who was hired by the District in 2008 as a House Principal for Lakewood High School.  

Univ. of Akron Moving Lakewood Campus to LHS

akron logoThe Lakewood Board of Education at its May 15 meeting approved a lease agreement with the University of Akron (UA) that will relocate the University’s Lakewood regional campus from its current space on Warren Road to Lakewood High School. This move will help expand post-secondary educational opportunities for Lakewood High School and other area students.

LHS History Club to Present on Cleve. Race & Housing Legacy

The Lakewood High School History club will kick off its 2017-2018 teacher/student lecture series on Sunday, September 24 at 7 pm at the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium with the presentation "Cleveland - A city Divided: The Legacy of Race and Housing."  The featured speakers will be Joe Lobozzo, facilitator of the LHS Social Studies Department, and senior Erika Hakko. Their presentation will include a history of Cleveland’s housing patterns, including the underlying political, social and economic factors.

W. Shore Student Wins Billboard Design Contest

billboard designCongratulations to senior Micah Inak of the Media, Art & Design program in the West Shore Career-Tech District. Micah won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge sponsored by University Hospitals, Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm Insurance. The contest asked for designs for a billboard on distracted teen driving. Micah's winning design was displayed on digital billboards for two weeks around the City of Cleveland and is currently displayed on print billboards around the city. She will receive $500 for her winning design.

Save Around books fundraiser to benefit Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 is currently selling Save Around coupon books to help with the cost of prom this year. Coupon books can be bought for $25 from a senior class officer or can be purchased using the link: Order your book before December 15. Want to flip through the pages of the book? Check out this link: 


Ohio's College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Learn more about CCP through Lakewood High School at an informational meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Click here for more info.


Kelley ReisCongratulations to senior swimmer Kelley Reis, who closed out her LHS swimming career with a 11th place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and 21st place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in the Division 1 State Championship Meet! Reis broke her own school backstroke record twice over the course of the meet and finished with a time of 56.96 seconds!


West Shore logoWest Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at a luncheon on March 13 at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River. The 14 students, top performers in their career-technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. 


Help out the Class of 2017 After Prom Committee by attending two coming fundraiser: Angelo's Pizza, all day, on Tuesday, April 11 will donate 20% of your bill to the committee and on Wednesday, April 19, from 11 am-10 pm, The Melt will donate 20% of your bill as well. Last chance to help our our seniors so they have a fantastic Prom experience!

LHS Clubs' Event Celebrates Community's Cultural Diversity

flagsLakewood High’s Facing History Girls’ Leadership Group and the Race and Diversity Club are hosting "United Neighbors: Celebrating the World in Our Own Backyard."  Come experience the different cultures in our community and enjoy interactive cultural stations, drum circle, and education our city's refugees. There will be games, dancing, raffles and food. The event is Wednesday, May 17 from 5-8 pm at the Woman's Pavilion in Lakewood Park. Click here for a schedule and more details.


lakewood high entranceThe Lakewood Board of Education at its Sept. 5 meeting approved an agreement with Cleveland Clinic Children’s to provide health care services, including mental health services, to Lakewood High School students and employees of the Lakewood City Schools through a school-based health center at Lakewood High.

World War II Focus of Next LHS History Club Program Dec. 3

You are cordially invited to the next Lakewood High School History Club program. On Sunday, December 3 at 7 pm at the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium, LHS sophomore Adele Daniels and Dr. Chuck Greanoff will present "Lakewood in World War II, The Story of Many."


logoJoin the Lakewood High Travel Club at Chipotle on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 4-8 pm and help raise money for the group's trip to the Galapagos Islands in March. Mention LHS Travel Club or show this flyer at checkout and 50% of your bill will be donated to the group. 


AP logoThe application for Advanced Placement classes for the 2017-2018 school can be downloaded here. Applications are due to Mr. Takacs in the House II Office by Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.


grad capIf you were unable to attend last week's Superintendent Chat on the new Ohio graduation requirements, please take a moment to view Assistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey Caserio's presentation, Keep informed to know if your child is on track! View presentation here.


logoLHS athletes continue to shine in the postseason as three Ranger wrestlers have qualified for the District Tournament on March 3 and junior Jordan Robinson has qualified for the indoor track state championships in the 60 meters.


Model UN logoThe Lakewood High School Model United Nations club recently completed their “season” with an outstanding showing at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference at Case Western Reserve University March 7-8. Senior co-president Evan Suttell won the "Gavel" as the best delegate in his committee (the highest award), representing Ethiopia in the General Assembly.

Softball program update meeting set for April 10

softball logoSoftball parents are invited to meet with administrators to receive updates to the softball program and have the opportunity to ask any questions. The meeting will be held at Harding Middle School in the cafetorium on Monday, April 10 at 7:30pm.

Seniors Art Show Set for May 18

art collageThe annual Seniors Art Show will be held on Thursday, May 18 from 4-7 pm in the LHS Art Atrium. The awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm. Come see the incredible talent of our senior artists, some who will continue to study art after they graduate. Guaranteed you will be amazed!

Marching Band Festival Set for Sept. 16

band logoOn Saturday, September 16, the Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band will host the 31st Annual Lakewood Ranger Marching Band Festival at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Visiting marching bands performing at this year’s festival include Avon HS, Brush HS, Fairview Park HS, North Olmsted HS, Strongsville HS, Valley Forge HS, and Bay Village HS. The parade of bands begins at  6 pm with performances starting at 6:30.

Nov. 30 Ranger Rally to Celebrate New Athletic Facilities
block LThe time has finally come! Join Lakewood City Schools in celebrating the new Lakewood High School gymnasium, weight room, wrestling gym and community fitness facility on Thursday, November 30 at 6 pm when the District invites holds its Purple & Gold Ranger Rally in the new gym. This athletic showcase and open house will include our winter season Ranger teams displaying their skills in a variety of exhibitions and competitions. The public is welcome to tour the athletic wing, including walking the new indoor track, during the festivities. The Boosters will be on hand with concessions as well.
Community Celebrates New LHS Athletic Facilities

new gymOn Nov. 30, the District welcomed hundreds of community members to celebrate the opening of the new LHS athletic facilities, including a beautiful new gym, wrestling room, weight room, indoor track and community fitness facility. This celebration ceremony was the last in a long string of dedications of the last 12 years and now we can say our long-range Facilities Master Plan is complete! Thank you to our community! View photos of the Nov. 30 celebration here.


Juniors who are interested in taking the PSAT/NMSQT at Lakewood High School on October 11th need to fill out this form:


Lakewood Project logoThe Lakewood Project will perform a "Pop Royalty" theme concert on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Joining Lakewood Project will be special guests Tricky Dick & the Cover-Ups and LHS graduate and Ohio Idol winner Abby Boland. They will play songs from such "pop royalty" as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Prince, Madonna and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call the LHS Bookroom at 216-4047 to purchase tickets in advance.


relayCongratulations to the members of the boys' varsity 200-free relay, who broke a 21-year-old school record at the Northeast Classic Invitational at University of Akron on Jan. 14. The team of Preston Polen, Evan Gainous, Colman McGuan and Nick Ferrone took first place with a time of 1:32.42. Congratulations, boys!


science fair logoLakewood City Schools' eighth- and ninth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held March 6-9 at Cleveland State, led by five second-place winners for the District and several special award winners.


honor society logoCongratulations to the latest membersof the LHS chapter of La Société Honoraire de Français (The French National Honor Society)! The honor society is an organization whose intent is to recognize high school students in the United States who have maintained excellent grades in at least three semesters of French language courses.

LHS Academic Challenge Team Fourth in State

Academic Challenge teamThe Lakewood High Academic Challenge  team finished fourth in Ohio at a state tournament in Columbus on May 13 after finishing as a regional runner-up the weekend before. Over the past few months, the team has been competing both on Channel 5’s TV show, “Academic Challenge” and in Southwest Conference matches.  The team's point total on WEWS was the highest of the season (78 schools competed).  You can watch the team on June 17 in the WEWS “Academic Challenge” Championship. 

Rangers Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors

ranger logoCongratulations to our Ranger athletes who have been named to one of the Southwest Conference All-Conference teams. First team selections are: Joe Burtzlaff (cross country), Malvin Gblah, Brennan Foran and Sophia Parker (soccer), and Dayvon Hanible (football).


staff spotlight logoCongratulations to our December Staff Spotlight honorees: Lakewood High Science teacher Lisa Krumroy and Emerson Elementary Family Resource Coordinator Tara Shirley. These two dedicated staff members were nominated by one of their peers for the honor. Click Read More to find out more about this deserving duo.


Ian BellRachel DasoLakewood High seniors Ian Bell and Rachel Daso have been selected by the Ohio Department of Education as two of 20 Ohio high school students to be nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. This is the third straight year LHS has had a student nominated for the honor.


h2o logoThe annual Martin Luther King Day of Service highlights January's H2O volunteer opportunities. There are also plenty of other choices such as ASIA tutoring, Ronald McDonald House and PTA child care. Click here to see what can fit into your schedule.


On Wednesday, March 1, all 11th graders will be taking a school day SAT at Lakewood High School.  Students need to report to testing sites by 8 am.  College Board inadvertantly mailed SAT testing ticket home to familes. Students can bring these tickets with them to their testing sites, but it is not mandatory.  Room proctors will have testing tickets available for students and will verify their admission to the testing room.  All 9th,10th and 12th grade students will not have school on March 1 due to the lenght of time required for SAT adminstration.  


The Lakewood Teachers Association will award three scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year. 
Eligibility for scholarship:

  1. Must be a child of a current LTA member planning to attend or is presently enrolled in an undergraduate college/university and is planning to use the scholarship for undergraduate school or
  2. Student currently enrolled at  Lakewood High School or Lakewood City Academy planning to major in education at an undergraduate college/university.

The elected officers  will evaluate these scholarship applications using a rubric that enables the elected officers to have the most flexibility in awarding the scholarships to students of merit and students in need. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities and an essay. Deadline for applications is April 7, 2017.

Link to Scholarship Information

Link to Scholarship Application


paint palletLakewood High art students fared well in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition regional competition, with two pieces of students’ work selected to be part of the exhibition at the Statehouse next month.

Lakewood Project Spring Concert Set for May 20

Lakewood Project logoThe  Lakewood Project will perform its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. The show will feature small ensembles where students perform their own compositions. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. You can order tickets via this order form or by calling the LHS Bookroom at 216-529-4047.

Cross Country Winter Hats for Sale

hatThe LHS cross country program is selling winter hats for $15 each. You can pay with cash or a check made out to "Lakewood Athletic Boosters".  Email Stephanie Toole at to place your order or click here for order form.

Sounds of Season Set for Dec. 14 & 15

ornamentThe popular Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert, now in its fifth year, will be performed on December 14 & 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Come and celebrate the holidays with the LHS Performing Arts Department as students perform holiday song, tell holiday stories, and come together for a final carol sing along with the audience. The following groups will be performing: Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Barnstormers.


RangermanThe LHS swim team had a momentous Div. 1 Championship Meet on Feb. 18 at Bowling Green State University as swimmers broke four school records and senior Kelley Reis qualified for her third straight State Championship Meet in her two individual events.


band instrumentsThe Lakewood High School Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Mixed Choir and the Symphonic Treble Choir all earned a 1 or Superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association Large Band/Choir Adjudicated Event on March 11, earning the ensembles a trip to the High School State Large Group competition on April 28. The Symphonic Band and Men's Choir also did well, earning a 2 or Excellent rating. Only groups judged Superior move on to state competition. Congrats to all the musicians and directors Clinton Steinbrunner and Peter Hampton!

Kudos to Everyone But Seniors Art Show Artists

art show crowdThe annual Lakewood High Everyone But the Seniors Art Show was held on May 3 and like every year, the artwork was impressive! Awards for Best in Show were given in seven different medium categories. Congratulations to all the artists and teachers Amy Sedlak, Arline Olear, Autumn Sabin, Dayna Hansen and Anne McQuay. See the list of winners on next page.

Makerspace Coming to LHS Thanks to LREF Grant

makerspace themesEveryone agrees that a successful 21st century education model calls for increased opportunities for students in creative thinking and hands-on learning. Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation, Lakewood High will soon have a dedicated space for just that. The Makerspace room will be a place where students will be encouraged to explore, discover, dream, create, produce, and collaborate using a variety of tools and materials.

LHS Model UN Club Earns Conference Awards

Model UN logoThe Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club turned in a fine performance at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference held Nov. 7 & 8 at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Senior Co-President Abe Dalisky and sophomore Evan Bell won the Superior Delegation award in the highly competitive Security Council.

Get Your Ranger Holiday Spirit T-Shirt!

holiday t shirt designForget Ugly Sweaters, Get your Ranger Holiday On!  We've known that Ranger Man has needed a ride for a while now!  This year the Lakewood Teachers Association is selling Ranger Holiday shirts as a fundraiser as a part of its service outreach. Print and complete your order form and send it along with cash or a check made out to LTA  to Lakewood High School c/o Alison Breckel or Beth Hankins.  It needs to arrive by 3:00 pm on Monday, December 4th. These shirts are available to All Rangers. Students, staff and parents can all get in the spirit!


The Class of 2017 After-Prom Committee is planning the After-Prom activities and needs your help and input to make it the best After-Prom yet. There will be a meeting on Thursday January 5th in room A102 at 6:30 pm. Prom is Saturday, April 29. After-Prom is held after Prom from 11:00 pm to 2:30 am. (This year it will be at Garfield Middle School). It gives the kids a fun and safe alternative for hanging out after regular Prom. It takes lots of ideas, effort and involvement from the parents. Please plan on coming on Thursday! 


Into the WoodsCongratulations to Lakewood Schools parent Shawn Warren and the LHS Barnstormers Club for winning the prestigious Northeast Ohio Performing Arts List for Musical Scene Design for last year's Barnstormers production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods." The NEohioPAL award winners aree nominated and voted on by the public and were created to bring recognition to the region's non-professionals working in theater. Great job by all involved!!

LHS Academic Challenge Team Rolls to Victory

academic challenge teamCongratulations to the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge team on its victory on the Feb. 18 episode of the quiz show aired on WEWS News 5. The team of seniors Ian Bell, Brian Donahoe and Evan Suttell dominated opponents Valley Forge and Euclid high schools, winning with the highest team score of the show's season at 750. Runner-up Valley Forge had 360.


RangermanWinter sports All-Conference teams for the Southwest Conference have been announced and there are plenty of Rangers represented! These honors are nice icing on the cake of a great winter sports season.

Summer School Registration Begins May 1

Registration for the Lakewood City Schools' summer school program for high school and middle school begins May 1. Session 1 runs from June 9-29 and Session 2 from June 30-July 21. Click here for more information on classes and how to register.

Runners Shine in District, State Meets

joe burtzlaffDan GarciaCongratulations to senior cross country runner Joe Burtzlaff (far left), who finished 7th of 96 runners at the Divison 1 District championship meet Saturday and advanced to the Regional meet on Oct. 28. Also shining on the cross country course was Harding 8th grader Danny Garcia, who placed 5th in the state at the Ohio Middle School cross country championship meet on Sunday. Congrats to both these fine runners and their coaches!


heart of rocksThe Lakewood High Interact Club wasted no time in fulfilling its mission to put service first, by raising money this fall for disaster relief. The club, which is the high school affiliate of the Lakewood River Rotary Club, encourages students to think globally and act locally by participating in service and social activities together with the school’s foreign-exchange students.


Parent Teacher Conferences Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Nov. 16 & 20. Please take a moment to schedule your conferences now via our Conference Scheduler at the following link:


violinLakewood High will certainly leave its mark on the orchestra ensemble at Ohio University’s annual Honor Choir & Orchestra Festival Jan. 13-1 with nearly two dozen student musicians chosen to be part of the Honor Orchestra.


car with cheerleadresSale of tickets has been extended! The Lakewood Athletic Boosters is raffling off a 2-year lease on a 2017 Buick Encore courtesy of Lakewood's Steve Barry Buick or $10,000 in cash instead. Tickets for the raffle are $25 each. Visit to purchase your ticket. View more info here as well. Winner will be announced at the Spring Sports Banquet on May 30.

LHS Inducts 68 New Members Into NHS Chapter

NHS logoThe current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 68 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on Feb. 15. Gaining entry into NHS is the highest honor a school can bestow upon a student.


music boostersThe Music Boosters are raising funds for equipment for the new LHS performing arts wing and have several fundraisers happening. On Thursday, March 16, Angelos's will donate 20% of your check to the Boosters. The offer is good on dine-in, carryout or delivery. The Boosters are also selling "hangers" to raise money to purchase a uniform storage conveyor system.

Athletic Ticket Packages Now on Sale

rangermanThe start of the winters sports season is just around the corner. The Athletic Department is selling family and single ticket packages. The packages can be purchased at the ticket gate of any home event or at the Athletic Office at the high school. Click here for more details and package pricing.


violinThe Lakewood High School Orchestra Department raised more than $10,000 via its annual Music Marathon. The students gathered sponsors for the 13-hour long day of continual music playing on November 18. The students arrived at the Civic in their PJs ready to begin practicing at 6 am. The day ended at 7 pm after a finale concert where donors of a certain level were able to conduct one of the six orchestras. Click on Read More for some photos of the day.


ROX logoLakewood High guidance counselor Nina DeChant has started a girls’ empowerment group at LHS that is already improving the lives and attitudes of its members only a few short weeks into the program. “My self esteem has gotten higher and it’s helped me with relationships,” says one member of ROX.  “It’s a place where I’m not judged,” said another girl of her ROX group.


AP logoThe application for the Advanced Placement exams to be administered in May is now available. Forms must be turned into the Bookroom by March 22,2017 with a deposit of $15 for each exam. Exams are scheduled for May 1-12, 2017.

AP Exam Application

Boys' Soccer Team Earns GCSSCA Awards

gblahThe District runner-up boys' soccer team earned a number of Division 1 awards at the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association banquet on Nov. 19, including an All-State award to junior Malvin Glbah (at left) and Assistant Coach of the Year for Grant Graves. 

Football Head Coach Hannan Resigns

HannanThe Board of Education at its November 20 meeting accepted the resignation of head football coach Tom Hannan, effective immediately. Hannan will continue his job as a study hall monitor through the end of the school year and remain as intermural weightlifting coach until a new head coach is hired.

Culinary Arts Talent on Display at Hospitality Summit

Odessertsn Feb.28, the West Shore Culinary Arts Department prepared great food at the the Hospitality Labor Summit event hosted by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce in the Ranger Cafe. Members of the Lakewood food and restaurant community attended the event to discuss issues related to hiring and retaining employees in the hospitality industry. Doug Trattner, the Cleveland Scene dining editor, moderated the roundtable discussion.


View the presentation given Senior Parent Night on Nov. 7 here. You can download a version of the presentaion here.


district champsCongratulations to the Lakewood High girls' basketball team, which defeated Medina 49-41 on Thursday night at Valley Forge High School to claim the District championship! The huge contingent of Ranger fans were treated with the program’s biggest win since 1995. Junior center Olivia Nagy led the scoring with 23 points. Medina staged a furious third quarter rally to narrow a 12-point halftime deficit, but Lakewood’s tenacious defense carried the Rangers to victory. The Rangers next play in a Regional quarterfinal vs. Berea-Midpark High School on Tuesday, March 7.

Craft Making, Food Bank Among Nov. Opportunities

h2o logoFrom making crafts for Light Up Lakewood to delivering groceries to the elderly to helping at the Food Bank, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in November. Check out this month's H2O calendar here.


logoThe March H2O calendar is out! Click here for a listing of all the great chances to help out our Lakewood and Greater Cleveland community.

Senior Calendar of Important Dates & Deadlines

calendarView the important events and deadlines for the Class of 2018 here.


logoEach year, the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to our LHS seniors. The application for the Class of 2017 is now available. Click here to download the application, which is due March 15.


cardboard boat regattaThe 15th annual Lakewood High Physics Cardboard Boat Regatta sponsored by Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions once again showed that learning about physics and its principles can be a lot of fun and not every boat floats!