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Music Boosters Sing & Serve Fundraiser Jan. 26

boosters logoJoin the Lakewood Music Boosters for their second annual Sing & Serve fundraiser on Friday, January 26 from 6-10 pm at Garfield Middle School in Lakewood. This is a fun-filled family event full of music, singing, food and drink. Lakewood teachers and administrators will be your celebrity servers!


Garfield's Smith to Give History Club Talk on Vikings

viking hatAre you related to Vikings? What were they really like? What is fact, and what is fiction? Want some answers? On Sunday, January 21 at 7pm, in the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium, Garfield Middle School teacher Dan Smith will present a fabulous slide show and discussion on the surprises, ironies and history of Vikings. The program, "Vikings: Be Amazed" is free and open to all. The Lakewood High School History Club (President Faiza Manaa, Advisor Dr Chuck Greanoff) hopes to see you there!

Sophomore Gill Named to National Orchestra

Grace Go;;Sophomore cellist Grace Gill has been selected as a member of the Honor Orchestra of America, sponsored by the non-profit arts advocate Music For All. Grace will perform with the ensemble in March at Music for All’s National Festival in Indianapolis.

Students Earn 70 Scholastic Art & Writing Regional Honors

solace duval artStudents from Lakewood High School, the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design program and Harding Middle School earned an impressively high number awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December, including 17 of the highest-honor Gold Keys and 70 honored pieces overall.

Jan. Staff Spotlight Honorees: Coughlin & Sedlak

staff spotlight logoCongratulations to Harrison Elementary Parent Resource Coordinator Tanya Coughlin and Lakewood High art teacher Amy Sedlak for being chosen as our January Staff Spotlight honorees. Our honorees our nominated by their peers each month. Click on Read More to see why these two are so deserving.

College Credit Plus Night Jan. 22

The Lakewood High School Guidance Department will host a College Credit Plus Night on Monday, January 22 at 7 pm in the LHS Cafeteria. Come learn how your studentcan benfit from this program and earn college credits while in high school.

Soph. Holden Earns School Record for Hockey Shutouts

HoldenLakewood High sophomore Rob Holden broke the school record for shutouts in a hockey game with seven. The record came in the team's 6-0 win over Nordonia on Jan. 6. With another victory on Jan. 7, the team's current record is 6-1.

Watch LHS Cool School of the Week Video

fox 8Lakewood High School recently won Fox 8's Cool School of the Week and the news station came to Lakewoood High to see why it's so cool. Watch the video here.

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!

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.


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.

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.

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: 


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. 


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.


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.

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!

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.

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."

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. 


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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.


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:

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).

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.
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.

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!

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.

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. 

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!

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! 

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.

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

Senior Calendar of Important Dates & Deadlines

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

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.


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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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. 

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.


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

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.