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LHS First Day for New Students Only

fresh startLakewood High School is excited to introduce a new Fresh Start orientation for the 2019-2020 school year! The first day of school on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 will be dedicated to freshmen and other new students to Lakewood High. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will report for their first day on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

classThree hundred and one Lakewood High School seniors marched across the stage to receive their high school diplomas on Sunday, June 2, in front of a Civic Auditorium full of their family, friends and teachers. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education President Linda Beebe along with congratulations from Superintendent Mike Barnes and LHS Principal Mark Walter.

Hannah Finishes 4th & 7th in State in Hurdles

Tyler HannahSenior Tyler Hannah wrapped up his incredible high school track and field career finishing in the top 10 in the state in two hurdles events! Tyler finished 4th in the state in the 300 meter hurdles and 7th in the state in the 110 meter hurdles at the State Tournament in Columbus on June 1. Tyler came into the meet as Regional champ in the 300 meters and Southwest Conference champ in both events. We wish Tyler well as he continues his athletic and educational career at Ashland University.


2019 LHS Commencement Streaming Online Cap and Gown

Didn't get tickets to LHS Commencement?  Relatives out of town and can't attend?  You are still not out of luck.  Click the link here to watch the 2019 LHS Commencement live online starting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2nd.   






Summer Reading 2019

Assignments for all English classes are available here. Deadline for assignments is August 23, 2019.

Juniors' Leadership Institute Project Tackles Teen Relationships

first ring logoEarlier this month, a team of five Lakewood High School juniors and their mentors, teachers Aimee Guzowski and Gray Cooper, participated in the yearlong First Ring Student Leadership Institute. The institute is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative, which brings together the school districts contingent to Cleveland in order to work together to solve issues that are common to all first ring districts and promote public school education.

Academic Challenge Shines at National Tournament

Academic Challenge teamCongratulations to the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team on its excellent performance in the 2019 High School National Championship Tournament where the team joined 335 of the top high school quiz bowl teams in Atlanta May 24-26. Lakewood finished the preliminary rounds with a 6-4 record, which qualified the team for the playoffs.

Rangers Selected for All-Conference Honors

SWC logoCongratulations to our Ranger spring sports athletes who earned All-Southwest Conference honors, including five First Team selections! Click on Read More to see who were singled out for their outstanding performance over the season.

Regional Champ Hannah Headed to State

Tyler HannahCongratulations Tyler Hannah, who is headed to the Division 1 State Track & Field Tournament after finishing first in the 300 meter hurdles and third in the 110 meter hurdles at the Regional meet on May 24. Tyler will compete in Columbus on May 31. Junior Cormac Peppard-Kramer also competed at Regionals and finished in 11th place in the 800 meters. Congratulations to both Tyler and Cormac and coaches Mike Dow and Dan McWilliams!

Celebration of Excellence Salutes Academic Standouts

handshakeOur academic superstars were in the spotlight at the 36th annual Celebration of Excellence academic awards ceremony held May 21 at the Civic Auditorium, as the District honored 307 students in grades 6-12 for having achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this school year. The senior class had a record number of 70 students earning recognition.  They received their awards from Superintendent Barnes and Board of Education members Linda Beebe, Emma Petrie Barcelona and Betsy Shaughnessy.

Hannah's Two District Titles Leads Ranger Runners

HannahLakewood High’s Tyler Hannah continues to bolster his case as one of the best track and field athletes in the school’s history as the senior added two District hurdle titles to his two conference titles in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles. He moves on to Regionals, as does the 4x400 relay that finished fourth (with Tyler, Devon Brown, Jack Hueter, and Cormac Peppard-Kramer). Cormac also qualified for the 800 meters with a third-place finish.

Junior Auck Sets School Shot Put Record

AuckCongratulations to junior Christina Auck, who set a new school shot put record with her 36’ 8.5” throw at the OHSAA Div. 1 District Finals at Amherst High School yesterday! The record has stood since 1984. Christina finished 5th in the competition. 

Boys Grab Four SWC Track & Field Titles

teamCongratulations to the boys' varsity track and field team on a Southwest Conference Championship Meet that included four conference crowns, including two by senior Tyler Hannah as he defended his 110- and 300-meter hurdle titles! Junior Cormac Peppard-Kramer won the 800-meter run and Tyler and Cormac were also part of the 4x400 relay that came from behind to win their event. Joining Tyler and Cormac on the awards podium for the 4x400 relay were seniors Devon Brown and Jack Hueter. Cormac and Devon earned medals for a second-place finish in the 1600 meters and third in the long jump, respectively. Congratulations to these Rangers and all the athletes who competed at the meet!


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Junior Selected for Tech Society's Honors Program

Colin MeehanJunior Colin Meehan, a student in the West Shore Project Lead the Way program, has been selected to be part of the Cleveland Technical Societies Council Honor Junior program. Colin was nominated for the program by his teachers, Ed Holmok and Bob Sedlak. Every year, CTSC invites teachers at high schools from throughout Northeast Ohio to nominate one high school junior as the outstanding mathematics or science student in their school. These students are designated Honor Juniors and are invited to the CTSC’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Event held this month that includes a college fair and professoinal showcase. Congratulations to Colin!

2019 Summer School Application Now Available

Information and application for the two 2019 Lakewood Schools Summer School session are now available. The first session begins on June 7, 2019. 

Summer School application & information

Lakewood Project "The Jungle" Concert May 18

Lakewood Project logoThe Lakewood Project spring concert is dubbed "The Jungle" and will feature songs centered around animals.The spring  is designed by the students. The concert will also feature small ensembles showcasing the group's top musicians' talents and creativity. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $3 for students in advance. At the door, prices will increase to $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in advance by calling the Lakewood High School Book Room at 216-529-4047.

Staff Spotlight: Duhr & Holton

staff spotlight logoCongratulations to Garfield Middle School BRIDGES teacher Tricia Duhr and Lakewood High paraprofessional Karen Holton on being named the May Staff Spotlight honorees! Please click on Read More to learn why these two outstanding staff members were nominated by their peers for this honor. 

Barnstormers Performing "Mamma Mia!" May 2-4

logoThe Lakewood High Barnstormers Drama Club will perform the musical "Mamma Mia!" on May 2, 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $8 in advance by calling the LHS Book Room at 216-529-4047 or $10 at the door. Don't miss what is sure to be a great show!

LHS Grad's Portfolio Chosen As National AP Art Sample

MIcah InakFor anyone who had the pleasure of viewing 2018 Lakewood High graduate Micah Inak's artwork, you know that Micah is an exceptionally talented artist. As high schools across the country prepare for students to take their Advanced Placement (AP) exams this month, thousands of art teachers are viewing Michah's work in the portfolio she submitted last year for the Studio Art: Drawing exam (which, of course, received a top score of 5). Out of more than 20,000 portfolios submitted last May, Micah's was selected to be posted on the AP website as the sample for teachers to view to understand the portfolio components and requirements for this year's students' work.

LHS Chosen Best Public High School by Scene

LHSLakewood High School has earned the top spot for Best Public High School in Cleveland Scene Magazine's The Best of Cleveland 2019 issue. LHS edged placed ahead of Rocky River, Solon, Cleveland Heights, and Shaker Heights high schools. We are proud of LHS and all our schools! Incidentally, Lakewood was named Best Neighborhood as well!

21 at LHS Inducted into French Honor Society

French honor society logoCongratulations to the 21 Lakewood High students who were recently inducted into the French Honor Society! In order to be eligible, a student must have taken at least three years of French, have earned at least an A- GPA in their French studies and a B+ GPA in their overall studies. Click on Read More to see the list of 2018-2019 inductees.

Model UN Club Returns from Memorable Cornell Conference

Model UN presidentsThe Lakewood High School Model UN Club recently attended a 3 1/2-day conference at Cornell University that lef them bone tired but filled with long-lasting memories. Due to the exemplary leadership of co-presidents and seniors Nick Cleary and Elizabeth Halko (pictured), the club was able to raise over $5,000 selling candy bars and conducting bake sales. Even more impressive, however, was the proposal that the pair made to the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation, resulting in the securing of a $5,000 grant that benefited the entire club. Club advisor Chuck Greanoff said he can't thank his co-presidents, and the LREF, enough for their four years of unfailing commitment to the club and its members. 

Everybody But the Seniors Show is April 25

artworlThe Everybody But the Seniors Art Show will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 4-7 pm in the Lakewood High Art Atrium. Come see the fantastic work our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have created this school year. An awards ceremony will be held at 6:30 pm and light refreshments will be served.

District to Join Great Lakes Conference in 2020

GLC logoBeginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Lakewood City Schools athletic teams will move from competing in the Southwest Conference, where the District has been a member since 2015, to competing in the Great Lakes Conference. The move will provide more balanced competition for Lakewood teams and allow them to better develop, and in some cases rekindle, rivalries with schools that are in closer proximity to Lakewood.

Academic Challenge Team Headed to State Tourney

AC teamCongratulations to the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team on qualifying for the Ohio Academic Competition state tournament! The team joins the tournament roster having achieved one of the top four average point scores in all regional competitions (comprised of 67 teams) in team category and alphabet round questions. The team competes for the OAC title May 11 in Columbus. Members of the qualifying team are Evan Bell, JT Bobik, Aidan Bohac, Tim Daso, Michael Ferrone, and Sasha Seckers. 

Spring AIR Testing Schedule

The spring end of course testing schedule is available here.  Please note that students who are not testing should report per the schedule in the afternoon on test days.   

Juniors Take 1st, 2nd in Hiram Writing Contest

Hiram writing cotnest winnersLakewood High students took home the top two spots in the Hiram College Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest and had several other finalists, including an honorable mention award. Earning first place was junior Halina Dreger and runnerup was junior Tyler Biddulph.

Staff Spotlight Honorees: Bunsey & Sheils

spotlight logoCongratulations to I.T./Videography Specialist Doug Bunsey and Lakewood High English teacher Pam Sheils on being named the District's April Staff Spotlight honorees! Please click Read More to find out why these two deserve to be recognized as they were suggested by their peers.

H2O April Volunteer Calendar Now Available

h2o logoH2O's volunteer opportunities for April are now available. Check out all the offerings, highlighted by this month's Breakfast with the Bunny event. Click here for the calendar.

LHS Students Snag Top Awards in Beck/Rotary Contest

rotary logoLakewood High students were top award-winners in the 74th annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests sponsored by the Beck Center for the Arts. Lakewood students swept the speech category and took the top spot in the music category as well.


Students' Art Chosen for Airport Water Exhibit

Seth Marroquin artCongratulations to West Shore Media Art & Design students Sarah Drago, Sara Bitter, Madi Kelly, Riley Geyer, Seth Marroquin (art pictured), and Sophia Ashby for being chosen as winners of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport's "Celebrating Clean Water, Igniting the Future" youth art contest. Our students' winning art will be displayed at the airport and seen by thousands as part of a year-long exhibit celebrating the connection of the importance of our rivers, lakes and oceans to you and the world. The exhibit runs through the end of the year. 

District Earns Best Communities for Music Education Award

BCME logoLakewood City Schools has earned its third straight Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Lakewood is one of only 38 districts in Ohio that earned the designation.

Junior's Art Chosen For Gov.'s Exhibit

jane's artCongratulations to Lakewood High junior Jane Kalinowski, whose artwork has been chosen to be part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus. Arline Olear is Jane's teacher in Art 3. Judges received more than 1,000 entries from high school students across Northeast Ohio.

Artists Earn 1st, 2nd in State Reflections Contest

logoThe Lakewood Council of PTAs Reflection Committee recently announced that five of its submissions for judging at the state level earned recognition for further artistic merit. In the high school visual arts category, senior Riley Geyer won first place, which qualifies her piece to move on to national judging. Garfield Middle School seventh grader Nora Germaine earned a second place in the state in the middle school visual arts category.

LHS, Garfield Students Awarded Science Fair Honors

sci fair logoCongratulations to our high school and middle school students who participated in the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held March 11-14 at Cleveland State. Our students won many honors, including special industry awards that included cash prizes. Click Read More for a list of winners.

Music Boosters Sing & Serve is April 12

Boosters logoThe Music Boosters will host its third annual Sing & Serve event on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6-10 pm in the Lakewood High cafeteria. Join our music teachers for a night of fun, food, and karaoke! There will be Angelo's Pizza meals for $5 and the chance to sing a song with your music teacher! For more details, click here.

LHS Students Earn National Scholastic Art Awards

Lillian and IngaLakewood High School senior Lillian Horschke and freshman Inga Wilhelmy have earned national Silver Medals in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This competition is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. More than 340,000 pieces of art were submitted for the contest and earning a national award puts Lillian and Inga in the top 1% of participants.

LHS Club Hosting Reptile Show March 14

lizardWhat: The LHS Herpetology Club will showcase some of the animals from its collection in its Reptile Show on March 20. The event will take place in Room C111 at LHS from 9-11 am. Space is limited so please RSVP here by March 14. After the short presentation, you will have time to explore the exhibits and ask questions. Herpetology Club members will help facilitate hands-on experiences for the kids, ages 0-10*. Cost: is only $3 (cash only) per child! All proceeds benefit the club. Park behind LHS and enter Door 11 (off of Robinwood). Contact Cory Streets with any questions at

*Reptiles and amphibians carry salmonella; therefore, direct animal contact is not recommended people with compromised immune systems.


Ranger Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors

SWC logoCongratulations to our winter sports student-athletes who have been honored for their skills by the Southwest Conference by including them on 1st and 2nd All-Conference teams, as well as Honorable Mention lists. Special shout out to our three 1st Team selections: basketball players Tommy Sala and Tim Smith, and swimmer Sistina Simcox.

Band, Orchestra Each Earn Top Contest Rating

music notesCongratulations to the LHS Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, which both earned the highest rating possible at their respective Ohio Music Educators Association Adjudicated Event. The Chamber Orchestra, directed by Beth Hankins, earned a Superior rating in the highest class level of AA and the Wind Ensemble, directed by Dale Hildebrand, earned a 1 rating in the college level category.

Hannah Places 13th in Nation in Hurdles

Tyler HannahCongratulations to senior Tyler Hannah for his 13th-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles at the New Balance Nationals Indoor held March 8-10 in New York City! Tyler's national finish is on the heels of him capturing the state title in the event. We look forward to seeing what heights Tyler will reach as the spring track and field season begins!

$8K Raised for St. Baldrick's Brave the Shave Event

Jimmy TRudelStudents and staff of Lakewood High raised nearly $8,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation and pediatric cancer research. On Friday, March 8, eleven people willingly had their heads shaved for the cause, including three teachers. The top fundraiser was junior Jimmy Trudel with more than $2,000 raised. Stylists from local salons such as Crazy Mullets donated their time to be the barbers. Beyond the money raised from individual solicitations, bake sales and button sales helped the organizers boost the donation level. 

Cardboard Boat Regatta Shows Fun of Physics

boat raceThe 17th 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!

H2O Volunteer Opportunities Abound

If your student is interested in helping others, building self-esteem, and having fun, then H2O is the club for them to join.   There are lots of upcoming events and you can pick and choose which ones you are interested in helping out with.  Click here for March and April's calendar of events and don't forget to stop by the H2O office to find out about other special events taking place.  

Nine Students' Work Honored in Gov. Art Exhibit

Nine students from Lakewood High and West Shore Career-Tech's Media Art & Design program had their art selected to move on to the state-level judging in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition regional competition held March 9. Artwork selected from among the regional award winners will hang in the Statehouse in Columbus for one month.

Rotary Honors Outstanding West Shore Students

West Shore logoThe Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Club recognized 16 West Shore Career-Technical District students at their annual Outstanding Student luncheon March 4 at the Rocky River Civic Center. Students are acknowledged as the top performers in their career-technical program. Outstanding students share traits of leadership, academic excellence, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative. 

SAT Testing Day for Juniors

On Wednesday, March 6th, all Juniors at LHS will be taking the SAT.  Juniors should arrive to school between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. with their charged Chromebooks and report to their testing site.   Testing locations will be posted outside of the House Offices.   This is a non-instructional day for all other students.  Please click here for detailed SAT testing information.  

Hannah Wins State Title in Hurdles!

Tyler Hannah with medalCongratulations to senior Tyler Hannah, who won the Division 1 Indoor title in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.96 seconds! Tyler was seeded second going into the race and narrowly beat out Muhammad Fall of Reynoldsburg by .09 seconds. Tyler will next compete at the New Balance Nationals Indoor competition in New York City. Joining Tyler at the State Tournament at the Spire Institute were juniors Christina Auck, who finished 15th in the shot put, and Cormac Peppard-Kramer, who finished 18th in the 800 meters. Proud of all our Rangers!

Staff Spotlight Honorees: Groh & Smolen

Staff Spotlight logoCongratulations to Lakewood High School secretary/recordkeeper Deb Groh and Grant Elementary preschool teacher Cheryl Smolen on being named our March Staff Spotlight honorees! Please click on Read More to find out more about these two outstanding staff members and why they are so deserving of their honor.

LHS Academic Challenge Team Wins SWC Title

Academic Challenge logoThe Lakewood High Academic Challenge Team continues its legacy of excellence as the varsity squad  wrapped up its regular season Southwest Conference play undefeated at 9-0. The team earlier this year had earned invitations to Regional Ohio Academic Challenge Tournament and also to the National Academic Quiz Tournament to be held in Atlanta in May. Congratulations to all the team members and to advisers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak!

Three Qualify for State in Indoor Track

Rangerman logoCongratulations to our qualifiers for the Division 1 State Championship Tournament taking place March 2 at The Spire Institute. Our athletes competing among the top 24 in the state are junior Christina Auck in shot put, junior Cormac Peppard-Kramer in the 800 meters, and senior Tyler Hannah in the long jump and 60 meter hurdles, in which he is seeded second in the state. Congrats and good luck to all our Rangers!


Wrestler Awad Wins Sectional, 4 Others Headed to Districts

Yousef AwadThe Lakewood High wrestling team enjoyed a successful Sectionals tournament on February 23, led by two-time Sectional champion Yousef Awad! Joining the junior Yousef at the District tournament March 1 & 2 in North Canton will be freshman Rubyn Semedo (placed 3rd at 120 lbs.), sophomore Jayden Jackson (2nd, 145 lbs.), junior Spencer Reynolds (4th, 195 lbs.), and freshman Brandyn Bates (4th, 220 lbs.). Senior Ahmed Muhammad and sophomore Jimmy Trudel both placed 5th in their weight class to qualify as alternates. Congratulations to all!

Junior Ashley is Sectional Bowling Runnerup

Megan AshleyCongratulations to junior bowler Megan Ashley, who finished second in the individual event at the Divisin 1 Sectional tournament on February 17. Megan will be competing at the District tournament on February 23 at Roseland Lanes.

NHS Chapter at LHS Inducts 58 New Members

NHS logoThe current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 58 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on February 14.Gaining entry into NHS is the highest honor a school can bestow upon a student.

Showcase Event to Share All LHS Offers

LHSThe Lakewood High School Showcase event is scheduled for Thursday, February 28 from 6-7:30 pm. The event is designed to share with the community all the opportunities available to an LHS student, from the abundance of extracurricular activities, to the wide range of curricular options such as Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus, and career-tech classes. The evening will also include a session for parents of incoming freshmen to talk about scheduling and a session for parents of non-public students interested in LHS. Click here for more information.

11 Swimmers & Divers Qualify for Districts

rangermanThe Lakewood High swimming and diving team will be sending 11 athletes to Districts following the success of the team at the Division 1 Sectional meet on Saturday at CSU. Two divers and two swimmers qualified individually, and seven other swimmers qualified as members of the four relays that qualified to compete on February 15 & 16 at Bowling Green State University.

College Credit Plus Night at Tri-C March 13

CCP logoThe Tri-C Spring 2019 CCP Information Night will be held at the Tri-C Westshore Campus, located at 31001 Clemens Road in Westlake in the Atrium. The event is March 13 and will begin at 6 pm. This event will focus on information pertaining to College Credit Plus at Tri-C. Reservations are strongly recommended and encouraged.
RSVP at:

Gblah Wins Male High School Athlete of the Year

Malvin GblahCongratulations to senior and soccer All-American Malvin Gblah on winning the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards' Male High School Athlete of the Year honor! Malvin was one of three finalists for the award, which was given at a ceremony hosted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission on February 7. Malvin's accolades, in addition to his All-America award earned earlier this year, include:



  • 2018 OSSCA All-Ohio First Team
  • 2018 All-Greater Cleveland Player of the Year
  • 2018 All-Greater Cleveland First Team
  • 2018 All-Lake Erie Regional Team
  • 2018 All-Southwest Conference 2nd Team
  • 2018 GCSSCA All-Star First Team

Malvin's success is even more remarkable when you consider that he came to the United States four years ago from an African refugee camp and found his home here in Lakewood and on the soccer field. We are so proud of all Malvin has accomplished!

LREF Scholarship Application Now Available; Due March 14

LREF logoThe application for scholarships awarded by the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation is now available. The deadline for the application is March 14. You must download the application at the following link:

LREF Scholarship Application

LHS History Club Presents on Civil Rights Movement Feb. 10

Please join the Lakewood High History Club for its Black History Month presentation on the spirit of achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. Explore the long struggle for voting rights, equal access to education and employment, and the end of Jim Crow laws. The presentation is Sunday, February 10 at 7 pm in the Lakewood Public Library main branch auditorium. LHS student Gina Marjanovic and Joshua Thornsberry, Garfield Middle School teacher, will present.

Conference Champs Results Include Title for Swimmer Simcox

Sistina Simcox on podiumCongratulations to the Lakewood High swimming and diving team for a successful Southwest Conference Championship Meet that included sophomore Sistina Simcox winning a conference title! Many other Ranger swimmers and divers placed in the top 12 to earn points for their team as well.

LHS Team Fares Well in First Mock Trial Competition

attorneysFor the first time ever, Lakewood High School participated in the annual Ohio Mock Trial competition, sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education.  Mock Trial is a program where students are given a case folder with facts and legal cases, and then present a trial. The participants act as lawyers and witnesses. The team did well in the competition, including winning a Best Attorney award.

LHS to Host Viewing of Toni Morrison Documentary on Feb. 4

Foreigner's Home posterLakewood High School welcomes the community to a viewing of the documentary "The Foreigner's Home, " which explores author Toni Morrison’s artistic and intellectual vision for her 2006 exhibition of the same name at the Louvre. The documentary was directed by Oberlin College Cinema Studies professors Geoff Pingree and Rian Brown. Brown will be at the showing for a Q&A session afterward. The event is Monday, February 4, 5:30-7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. There is no admission fee to attend. Recommended for middle school and older.

Successful Acad. Challenge Team Headed Back to Nationals

Academic Challenge logoOver the past couple months, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team has competed successfully in two major tournaments.  At the Solon Tournament in November, Lakewood finished fifth of 32 schools. At the Olmsted Falls Tournament four weeks ago, the team finished second of 38 schools.  Because of that success, the team has qualified for the Regional Ohio Academic Challenge Tournament (OAC) in late April and the National Academic Quiz Tournament (HSNAQT) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Students Earn Top Honors in Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Winning photoStudents from Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design earned a  high number awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December, including eight Gold Keys, the highest honor given, and 44 total pieces honored overall. Lakewood students were also well-represented at the Silver Key and Honorable Mention levels.

Byrne & Francis Earn Staff Spotlight Honor for January

spotlight logoCongratulations to Lakewood High speech language pathologist Beth Byrne and Central Office cleaner Erik Francis for being named the Staff Spotlight honorees for January! The two will be honored at the January 7 Board meeting at Harding Middle School. Please click on Read More to learn more about these two outstanding staff members.

Lakewood Project's "A Night at the Movies" is Jan. 19

Lakewood Project logoThe Lakewood Project's winter concert on Saturday, January 19 will take you back to many of your greatest film memories as the group puts on its show, "A Night at the Movies." Songs from favorite films such as "Rocky," Mamma Mia," and "Ghostbusters" are on tap. The group will also be joined by some of our middle school musicians. The show kicks off at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $8 for adults in advance at the LHS Bookroom (216-529-4047) or by using this order form, and $5/$10 at the door. 

LHS Science Fair Winners Selected

The LHS science fair competition has concluded and the three top winners will advance to the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair in January. The winners and their projects are:

Caleigh Naylon - How Zebra Mussels Affect the Clarity of Lake Erie
Amy Pilgrim - Gender Remember (how gender affects memory)
David Stack - Playing with Power (effect of magnet placement on a generator)

Congratulations to these three students and good luck at the NEOSF!

Music Boosters Hosting Casino Night Fundraiser

Speakeasy night logoThe Lakewood Music Boosters will host its first annual Speakeasy Casino Night to benefit the Boosters and the Music Department on Saturday, January 26 from 7-11 pm at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. The evening will include plenty of casino games, live music, hors d'ouevers, raffles, sideboards, and more. Your $60 ticket entitles you to starter betting chips, hors d'oeuvres and two drinks from the bar. 21 and over only. 1920's attire is highly encouraged! Purchase your tickets now by clicking here.

After Prom Nail Bar Fundraiser

Have you tried dry nail polish yet?  Why not try Color Street nail strips and help support the After Prom committee?  Join us this Wednesday, December 19th at Lakewood Nutrition between 5-7pm to get your Color Street nails done.  Click Here for more information.


Rangers Win Wrestling Invitational

RangermanCongratulations to the Lakewood High wrestling team on winning the Dean Kinley Invitational Tournament on December 8! The victory over 12 other teams was led by six Ranger first-place winners: Ruben Semedo (126 lbs.), Jayden Jackson (152), Milan Jackson (170), Spencer Reynolds (195), Brandyn Bates (220), and Yousef Awad (285).  Well done, Rangers!

Glbah Named Soccer All-American

MalvinCongratulations to senior Malvin Glbah, who was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Team. Malvin is just one of 68 young men selected for the honor. The award is the icing on a cake full of accolades for Malvin's play this year. His other awards include All Lake Erie Regional Team, All Ohio First Team, Greater Cleveland Player of the Year, All Greater Cleveland First Team, and All Southwest Conference Second Team. His 14 goals this season tied a school record.

Join Us for Sounds of the Season Dec. 13 & 14

SOS logoThe popular Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert will be performed on December 13 & 14 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Come and celebrate the holidays with the LHS George P. Read Performing Arts Department as students perform holiday songs and tell holiday stories. The following groups will be performing: Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Mixed Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Four Seasons String Quartet, and Barnstormers members as narrators. Tickets are $8 at the door or $5 in advance. Call 216-529-4047 or stopping by the Lakewood High Bookroom in person during school hours for presale tickets.

Midterms Schedule Available

Midterm exams will be administered from December 18-20. Please click here for the exam schedule.

Thank You to Music Marathon Volunteers, Sponsors

music notesA huge "Thank You" to the volunteers who donated their time, food items, and supplies for the 2018 Music Marathon. It wouldn't have been such a big success without you! A special "Thank You" to Director Beth Hankins for her dedication, time, and energy to the Lakewood City Schools' Music Department. Click "Read More" to see all those who contributed, including our generous local business sponsors.

Gymnastics Fundraiser at Angelo's gymnastics and pizza

Come out and support our Gymnastics team at Angelo's on November 27th.  20% of all sales will go to support our gymnastics team.  Please mention the fundraiser when ordering.   

After Prom Committee Fundraisers

The LHS After Prom Committee has scheduled several fundraisers in the next couple of weeks to raise money for the post-dance event. A Chipotle fundraiser is set for December 4 from 5-9 pm and two Angelo's fundraisers are scheduled for November 28 and December 20. Please mark your calendars and order some great food while helping out our seniors! Make sure to mention LHS After Prom when ordering.

Gblah Named Soccer Player of the Year

Malvin GblahCongratulations to senior Malvin Gblah on being named the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Associations' Division 1 Boys Player of the Year! Malvin's award was one of many earned by our Ranger players, including First Team designations for Malvin and his co-captain, senior Jack Hueter, and five players who earned the Academic All Ohio award.

Collection Bin Part of Partnership with Kids' Book Bank

Book bin with studentsGently-used children’s books that might have been thrown out will now have a second life thanks to the Lakewood Schools’ new partnership with the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank. The Kids’ Book Bank has provided a large steel bin for the collection of children’s books from the community. The bin is located in front of the Lakewood High School cafeteria at the east end of the building.

Networking/Cisco Team Wins Hyland Innovation Showdown

Team Mitchell membersCongratulations to seniors Damian Barto, Hong Chen, Bryce Mitchell, and Wilson Reynolds, winners of the Hyland High School Innovation Showdown! Hyland Software sponsors the Innovation Showdown to encourage high school students interested in technology to use their creativity to come up with an innovative solution to a real-world problem and present a plan to market it.

Discounted Cap and Gown Orders Now Available cap and gown

Jostens is offering early bird pricing for graduation items including the required Cap and Gown unit.  To order your Cap and Gown please click here for online ordering.  Sales pricing is valid until January 31st, 2019.   The Cap and Gown unit is required for commencement and all other packages are optional.   

Sophomore Harmon Takes 2nd in Chinese Contest

Cara HarmonOn Thursday, LHS students taking Mandarin Chinese spent the day at The University of Akron for a Chinese culture field trip and a speech competition, which was sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the university. More than 100 students from six high schools participated in the competition. Sophomore Cara Harmon won the 2nd place in the competition! Congrats to Cara! Thankful that our students have these enriching opportunities to learn outside the classroom!

Sophomore's Work Honored in Creative Writing Contest

Sara JareckeCongratulations to sophomore Sara Jarecke for earning an Honorable Mention in Ursuline College's annual fall high school writing contest. The contest tmore than 100 high schoolers submitted  brief works of prose or poetry based on a prompt that asked: Imagine what a quilt that represents your family story might look like. Sara and the other winners will read their work at a reception on November 15 at the college, in conjuction with the opening of an exhibit highlighting quiltmaking. The contest was open to all high schoolers in Cuyahoga County. Congrats to Sara, who earned $100, and her teacher, Susan Cesa.

SWC Honors Include Five 1st Team Ranger Selections

Congratulations to our Ranger student athletes who have been recognized by the Southwestern Conference for their outstanding efforts during the fall 2018 season, including five All Conference 1st Team members! Earning 1st Team status in their respective sports are Nate Bilski (football), Claire Hylton (soccer), Jack Hueter (soccer), Cormac Peppard-Kramer (cross country), and Teaja Keith (cheerleading). Click on Read More for a complete list of those recognized.

LHS Model UN Club Members Win Top Awards


Model UN logoThe Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club won multiple awards at the conference hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Nov. 7 & 8. Overall, the team finished 5th out of 16 teams. The club's leadership team of Co-Presidents Nick Cleary, Elizabeth Halko, and Sasha Seckers and Vice Presidents Aidan Bohac, Evan Bell and Tully Worron did a great job preparing the group. 

Congrats to Our Star Students for October

starCongratulations to our new LHS Students or the Month for the month of October! These students have been nominated by teachers and staff for exemplifying positive behaviors and a strong work ethic throughout the month. Congrats to: Alexis Stringer, Zane Tuskes, Jozalynn Parks, Andre Uriona, Michael Drewke, Cameron Constantine, D'Anthony Hanible, Brittany Fababe, Alisa Cole, and Ethan Burney.

Senior Class Calendar with Important Dates, Deadlines

Please click here for important dates and deadlines for the Class of 2019's senior year!

Musai Named SWC Scholar Athlete for October

MusaiCongratulations to senior football player Alvin Musai, who was named the Male SWC Scholar Athlete for October. Musai holds a 4.21 cumulative grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is enrolled in four AP Courses and Robotics for Engineering as well as Engineering Capstone. Musai is also an active member of H2O.  

Nov. 13 Forum to Address Teen Depression, Anxiety

LkwdAlive logoLakewoodAlive will host a community forum on Tuesday, November 13 that addresses the topic of anxiety and depression in teens how we as a community can address it. The forum, "Depression, Anxiety and Teens - Who Cares? A Community Conversation," will be held at 7 pm in the Lakewood High cafeteria. Panelists include an adolescent psychiatrist and Roberta Marcinek and Nina DeChant of the Lakewood High School Counseling Department. Hope you can make this important forum! 

Barnstormers To Present "The Laramie Project"

laramie project logoThe Lakewood High Barnstormers' first performance of the season will be "The Laramie Project." Performances in the Black Box Studio Theatre are November 1 at 7:30 pm, November 2 at 4:00 pm, and November 3 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The play is a docu-drama following the aftermath of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year-old college student who was murdered for being gay. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the murder. The Barnstormers' goal is to use the show to honor Matthew Shepard's memory, to bring the Lakewood community together, and to open a dialogue for our students about acceptance. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased by calling 216-529-4047.

Juniors Participating in First Ring Leadership Academy

First Ring Leadership studentsOn October 19, five Lakewood High students and teacher mentors Gray Cooper and Aimee Guzowski traveled to the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland for the first session of the First Ring Student Leadership Academy, which is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative. Participating for Lakewood are juniors, Christopher Brown, Ava Clause, Autumn Cruz, Will Holden, and Aziza Mohamed.

Ranger Day Brings 8th Graders to LHS

Harding 8th graders enjoyed a visit to Lakewood High on Thursday as part of Ranger Day where they were able to experience all that is Lakewood High! Friday will be the Garfield 8th graders' turn. While half of the Harding class was at LHS, the other half were back at Harding hearing presentations from various school groups and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation about all the opportunities from clubs to sports to community service that they can take advantage of as a Lakewood High School student. They then switched places after enjoying lunch together at LHS. Watch the video below to learn about some of those great opportunities!

LHS Video

LHS Students Spend Day Off Leading Diversity Workshop

Diversity workshop group

While most of our students enjoyed October 12 as a welcome day off from school, more than 15 students spent their day leading an anti-bullying workshop that focused on students embracing each other's diversity. The dozen LHS facilitators were trained to be workshop facilitators a week earlier by the Cleveland Leadership Center and Dare2Care. At the October 12 workshop, they put their training to the test as they facilitated small group discussions and activities with students from a mix of nine public and private schools from across Northeast Ohio.

West Shore Senior Wins Billboard Design Contest

madisyn kellyFor the second year in a row, a student from the Media, Art & Design program in the West Shore Career-Tech District has won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge. Congratulations to senior Madisyn Kelly for her winning design! The contest centers on students creating billboard designs that address the issue of distracted teen driving. LHS 2018 graduate Micah Inak was last year's winner.

Boys' Cross Country Captures SWC Title

boys champsCongratulations to the boys' varsity cross country team, which captured the Southwest Conference title at the Championship Meet on October 13 at Lorain County Community College. It is the second time in three years that the team, coached by Stephanie Toole, has won the conference championship. The team was paced by senior Cormac Peppard-Kkramer, who finished third overall. The other champion team members are seniors Tyler Hannah, and Joey Toole, juniors Patrick McCallum, Sean O'Donnell, sophomores Joe Kelly and Aidyn Zingale and freshmen James O'Donnell.

Conference Scheduler Now Open Parent Teacher Conferences

Home and school communication is extremely important to the success of our students.  LHS is using to make signups as convenient as possible to set up conferences.  We will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 15th and Monday, November 19th.  Please enter the following web address into your browser window to schedule your conferences:

If you do not have internet access , please contact us via phone at 216-529-4028.


College Credit Options Night is Oct. 15

The Lakewood High School Counseling Department will hold an information session on college credit options such as College Credit Plus and AP on Monday, October 15 at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria. Please join the counselors for this important meeting!

Ranger Cafe Opens Oct. 23, Accepting Reservations Now

Ranger Cafe logoThe Ranger Cafe's grand opening date is scheduled for October 23 and reservations are now being taken. The Ranger Cafe is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 pm. To make a dining room reservation, please call: 216-529-4165, ext. 1.   Please look at the Ranger Cafe Calendar to view dates we our open and closed throughout the school year. The menu can be viewed on the Ranger Cafe website.

Modified Bell Schedule for PSAT/ASVAB Testing

On Wednesday, October 10th, all Sopohomores and select Juniors will be taking the PSAT or the ASVAB starting at 8:00 a.m.  All other students will have a half day schedule starting at 12:00 p.m.   Students will attend their normal periods 1-4 class but they will start at 12:10 p.m.   Students who are testing should plan to arrive at the regular time of 7:45 a.m. to allow tiime to get to their testing site and be prepared when testing begins.   The PSAT will give students information on how well they may perform on the SAT and help them know their areas that need more work.   The ASVAB will also identify strengths and weaknesses of students who are interested in a military career.   

Pair of Rangers Set/Tie Football Record

rangers man The varsity football team may have lost the game to North Olmsted on September 28, but Ranger players Albert Wilhelmy and Kyren Jefferson set or tied new records to give the team something positive to celebrate. Wide receiver Jefferson set a new record for receptions in a single game with 13 and quarterback Wilhelmy tied the single-game passes completed record of 28 held by current Lakewood City Schools staff member Mike Ribar, Class of '85. Congrats to Kyren and Albert!

Creatures Project Comes Alive in MILES Classroom

lizard close upTeachers strive daily to find a way to keep students engaged in the classroom. At Lakewood High, special education teacher Corey Streets has developed a pet project that has his students excited to come into class every day. In the corner of Streets’ classroom a bevy of reptiles and a pair of rats named Ronald and Delilah scurry around their cages. They are all part of Streets’ C.R.E.A.T.U.R.E.S. in the Classroom project where the aim is to Cultivate Responsibility And Empathy Through Unique, Real and Engaging Studies.

Congrats to LHS' Three National Merit Commended Scholars

National Merit Commended ScholarsThe annual September announcements of the National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions includes three Lakewood High students who are among the top academic students in the nation . Seniors Nicholas Cleary, Timothy Daso and Andrew Sheldon were named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Homecoming Tickets and Information Homecoming

The Lakewood Ranger Homecoming Weekend is fast approaching.  Our first event will be our Fall Pep Rally on Friday October 5th during school. The Pep Rally will culiminate with the announcement of the Homecoming Royalty.  Later that evening join us on the streets for the Spirit Parade running from Lakewood Park up Bunts to LHS just in time for the big Homecoming game against Avon.  

The next night is our Homecoming Dance starting at 7:00 p.m.   Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the bookroom.  Buying early saves you big cash.  Click here for more information on the Homecoming dance, expected attire and behavior, and ticket purchase.

A Dozen New Hall of Famers Inducted

Hall of Fame logoOn September 13 the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation inducted 12 outstanding individuals from the Lakewood Schools into its Hall of Fame. Individuals are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their accomplishments in athletics, exemplary service as faculty or staff, by distinguishing themselves as successful adults in their chosen careers and/or serving as benefactors in their local communities, state or the world.

Free Transportation Available to Oct. 1 College Fair

College Fair flyer

Baldwin Wallace University is hosting a college fair on Monday, October 1 from 6:30-8pm. Over 100 colleges and universities will be present! Free transportation will be provided for the first 50 students who sign up in the School Counseling Department and will depart from LHS at 6pm. Stop by Counseling if you have questions.

College Tips & Tricks Night Sept. 26 College Tips and Tricks

Please join the LHS SChool Counseling Department for its College Tips and Tricks Night Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30pm in the LHS Cafeteria. Michael Daso from AXA Advisors will be present to discuss financial planning for college. 

LHS Boasts 83 AP Scholars, Including 5 National Scholars

The growing number of Advanced Placement courses (16) available at Lakewood High School has translated into a growing number of AP Scholars as well. Eighty-three members of the Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the AP Exams taken each spring. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievement:

District commemorates 9/11 by encouraging community to serve

FlagsIn honoring the victims and first responders who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, Lakewood City Schools encourages students, teachers, parents and friends to consider volunteering with our own Help To Others (H2O) or another local service organizationCheck out the opportunities by contacting H2O, visiting the City of Lakewood volunteer page or the website of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which began efforts to make 9/11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2002.

Fresh Start Presentation Available

If you were unable to attend the Fresh Start orientation in August, you can view the presentation given here.

LHS Musicians Selected for Region, State Orchestras

All State membersLakewood High will be well-represented at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Region Orchestra as four student musicians were selected for the honors ensemble. In addition, junior cellist Grace Gill, senior violinist Safe Jassani and senior violist Zearatus Perry were chosen to be part of the All-State Orchestra.

LREF Hosting Hall of Fame Inductions, Tailgate Party

Hall of Fame logoJoin the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation for the annual Lakewood City Schools Hall of Fame Inductions and Hall of Fame Tailgate Party. The Inductions ceremony takes place at the Civic Auditorium at 7pm on September 13. The Tailgate Party will be Friday, September 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm at First Federal Stadium.

College & Career Night Presentation Available

The School Counseling Dept. College & Career Night presentation can be viewed here.

Marching Band Festival Set for Sept. 15

Ranger Marching Band logoThe pageantry and precision that goes along with the music of a high school marching band will be on display at the 32nd annual Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band Festival set for Saturday, September 15 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.

LHS College & Career Night is Aug. 30 Open House

On Thursday, August 30th is your chance to learn more about our Guidance Departement, College and Career opportunities, and meet your child's teacher as you follow along with their daily schedule.  Nearly 30 colleges, Armed Forces and trades reps will be at the fair. The agenda for the evening is:

5:30 p.m.  Presentation from our Guidance Counselors--Gym

5:30-6:30 p.m.  College and Career Fair--Cafeteria

6:30-8:30 p.m.  Meet the Teachers--Classrooms

Hope to see all of you there at this very important evening!

Marjanovic Wins Top Award for State Fair Band

Kira MarjanovicCongrats to senior Kira Marjanovic on receiving the Director's Award for this summer's All-Ohio State Fair Band! Kira was selected out of the more than 200 band members from across the state! Earlier this year, Kira earned entrance into the U.S. Marine Corps' prestigious music program.

LHS Student Parking Permits on Sale Aug. 21 & 22

carParking passes for Lakewood High School for the 2018-19 school year will go on sale to seniors only on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 21 from 7 am - 8 am. All other parking passes will be sold beginning at 7 am on Wednesday, August 22 until they sell out. The number of parking spaces is limited so passes will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Lakewood Project is Cover Story of National Magazine

Teaching Music cover with Lakewood ProjectThe Lakewood Project and its Director Beth Hankins are the topic of the cover story of the latest edition of Teaching Music, a magazine produced by the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) for its members. The article explores the genesis of the first-ever high school rock orchestra and the ensemble's outside-the-box approach to music education.

Lakewood Project article

Quartet Represents LHS in All-Ohio State Fair Band

All State Fair Band logoFour Lakewood High musicians have spent the last 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 seniors Lidia Logan and Kira Marjanovic, junior Katie Livingston and sophomore Gina Marjanovic.

Summer Reading Assignments

summer reading sunThe assignments for 2018 summer reading are now available. Click here for a list of classes and their specific assignments.