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Lewisville High School
Location
Lewisville, Texas
United States
Information
Type Comprehensive Public High School
Established 1897
School district Lewisville Independent School District
Principal Brad Burns
Grades 9 – 12
Enrollment 3300
Color(s) Maroon and White
Athletics Farmer Athletics
Athletics conference University Interscholastic League
Mascot "Big John" our Fighting Farmer
Team Name The Farmers
Website

Lewisville High School, the oldest of five high schools in the Lewisville Independent School District, is located in Texas. It was opened in 1897, making it the only school in the district to have celebrated its 100th anniversary.[1]

The school's colors are maroon and white and the school mascot is "Big John", the Fighting Farmer (a reference to Lewisville's early days when it was a rural town between Dallas and Denton, as opposed to the modern suburb of today).

Lewisville was one of the first school districts in Texas to integrate, in 1963. However, African-American high school students were bused to another school until 1969.[1]

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Campus

Lewisville High School moved to its current location during the 1960s and has had several additions since then due to the city of Lewisville's large growth. Future additions and renovation are scheduled to happen in the next few years, adding a new band hall and renovating the current science labs.

Lewisville High School consists of two different campuses, Killough Lewisville High School North, "North Campus", which serves only ninth graders, and LHS "Main Campus," which serves tenth through twelfth graders. Together, their 2005-2006 enrollment was more than 3,300 students, making it the largest high school in the district.

The new location of the North Campus was dedicated in 2005.[2]

The school has recently added another wing, which was originally supposed to accommodate all fine arts departments, but instead provides housing for band and science labs. The southern wing opened Fall of 08.

LHS School song - Alma Mater

Far down in a town so noble
Challenging the eye,
Stands the school above all others,
Stands our Lewisville High.
Lewisville High to thee we shall be
Ever loyal and true;
Fighting always to do service
For maroon and white!

The first two lines were changed in recent years from the original lyric:

High above a town so noble
Towering in the sky,

Lewisville Independent School District

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Feeder Schools

Lewisville High School has several feeder schools.

  • The four feeder middle schools are:
  • The eleven feeder elementary schools are:
    • Central
    • College Street
    • Creekside
    • Degan
    • Hedrick
    • Lakeland
    • Parkway
    • Rockbrook
    • Southridge
    • Valley Ridge
    • Vickery (partial)

Future Southern 9-10 High School planned

As of July, 2008, LISD will construct a new high school, planned to relieve overcrowding at Lewisville High School, to be built in Southern Lewisville south of FM 3040. Lewisville High School is projected to have more than 4000 students in the near future, and the campus site has little room for expansion. This new campus is set to open in the Fall of 2011. A task force of Flower Mound citizens was created, and presented their ideas to the school board, which included building the new high school in Southern Lewisville. The proposal was that the new campus would start out as a ninth- and tenth-grade campus that Hedrick and Durham Middle School would feed into, while Huffines and Delay Middle School would continue to feed into Killough LHS North (which would convert to a ninth- and tenth-grade campus). After a certain amount of time, the southern campus would eventually become a full high school, that would include ninth through twelfth graders, and both high schools would serve at least 2000 students (Killough LHS-North would then revert to a ninth-grade campus only).

Curriculum

Aside from standard Math, English, Science, and Social Studies classes, LHS offers Advanced Placement courses which award college credit. Many electives are offered, including Foreign Languages, Band, Choir, Athletics, Art, Orchestra, NJROTC, Debate, and Theatre Arts. Additional technology and career elective classes are offered at the Dale Jackson Career Center.

Extra curricular activities

Student Council

Lewisville High School's Student Council has won the State Sweepstakes for many years and continutes to be the leader in community and school service. The Student Council contributes to the community of Lewisville through many activities that total about 100 hours a school year. Membership runs between 400-500 students per year with around 100 of those participating in the Student Leadership Course. Students mentor at local elementary schools and help with school activities daily. This council is the one responsible for starting the "President's Club" in our state. All students are invited to be a part and only the officers are elected. This council is the student governing board of Lewisville High School.

Band

The LHS Band has been under the direction of Dr. Marty Courtney since 2000. The "Band That Marches With Pride" advanced to the UIL Texas State Marching Band Competition in the Fall of 2002. Lewisville's marching band has earned a "1" (the best score possible) at the UIL Region Contest every year since Courtney took over. In Spring of 2008, the LHS Wind Symphony (the school's top concert band) was selected to participate in the 2009 Music For All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. Only 18 bands nationwide were selected to the convention, which is considered one of the nation's most prestigious festivals.

Other members of the Band's staff include Beth Mairs, Barry Janicula, and Quiyan Murphy.

Lewisville's football rivalry with Marcus High School is extended to the Band as well, though in a lighter way. Lewisville and Marcus traditionally compete against but root for each other at competitions. In recent years, Marcus has been one of the best bands in the state, winning the state competition several times since 2004.

Although the marching bands are not closely competitive, the concert bands have been very competitive, specifically at the All-Region, All-Area, and All-State competitions. They are individual competitions where a student performs three etudes and, depending on how the judges scores them, the student might advance to the next stage. Lewisville consistently has several students make All-Region, and in 2008 had over twenty qualify. LHS also had five students advance to the All-State level. Texas's music program is considered to be the best out of any state, so sending five students to State is a huge accomplishment. [3]

While the stereotype ("band nerd") applies to most members of the LHS Band, a small group of men (led by Barry Janicula, a member of the Band's staff for now) formed a group that frequently played sports, mainly basketball. The LHS Band's "Band Basketball League" was a highly competitive outlet for this group of young men. The league was founded by Bobby Karalla. Other members included Craig Rosenbaum, Andrew Umeh, Mitchel Kennedy, Alex Kovling, and Cean Robinson. Joey Selz was definitely not a member of this group, as he is allergic to anything fun (except posting videos of card tricks on Myspace and Facebook).

The group of men proved their athletic dominance by defeating cross-town rival Flower Mound High School's Band 21-1 in a pickup game played at LHS. The game was later considered to be a joke, as it was completely one-sided and did not have any resemblance to anything considered competitive. The two teams later split up to play smaller pickup games, led by Lewisville's stars.

The Band Basketball League's founding fathers have since moved on to college, yet they still meet once in a while to continue the tradition with the next generation of "talent." While the newer versions can never meet the standards of the old, the League is still expanding under the direction of Recruitment Chair and Coach of the Year Bobby Karalla, who was also the inaugural inductee into the BBL Hall of Fame. [4]

Orchestra

The LHS Orchestra program is designed to develop and advance orchestral string studies at the Lewisville Independent School District's first and oldest high school, and its 9th Grade Extension Campus (Killough LHS North). The program is under the direction of Scott Deering, beginning with the 2007/2008 school year. Mr. Deering is also a past graduate of Lewisville High School. In addition to performing concerts during the school year, the LHS Orchestra also participates in orchestra competitions.

The LHS Orchestra is currently divided into three groups: Honors (Varsity), Chamber and Symphonic. The 2007/08 Varsity Orchestra distinguished itself in March, 2008 by taking top honors, known as "Sweepstakes" at the Texas Region 24 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competition. Additionally, five of its students qualified for competition in the Texas State UIL Solo and Ensemble competition, held in May, 2008. Additional information can be found at the LHS Orchestra web site, and the LHS Orchestra Booster Club web site.

Theater

Lewisville High School's theater program has taken both plays and musicals to perform on the Main Stage at the Texas State Thespian Festival. Several students have also qualified to represent Texas at the International Thespian Festival in individual categories.

In 2005 Lewisville took the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" to the Texas Thespian Festival Main Stage, and the same year qualified to present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln Nebraska.

Recent notable students who have represented the high school at ITS Festival include Stephanie Umoh and John Paul Lewis (who both served on the Texas Student State Board), Daniel Reyes who qualified as both state and national champion in solo pantomime, and Michelle Lory who qualified as a state champion in the category of duet musical with John Paul Lewis. Stephanie Umoh, who graduated from The Boston Conservatory in 2008, is now starring as Sarah in Ragtime on Broadway. While these individuals have recently brought accolades to the school, Lewisville holds a long tradition of excellence in theatre made possible by generations of students and teachers.

Sports

Lewisville High School's main rivals are the Marcus High School Marauders (Marcus was the second high school in the district, opening in 1981, and the schools share the same stadium, located on the LHS campus) and more recently the Flower Mound High School Jaguars; both are located in Flower Mound, Texas.

Two Lewisville Independent School District students have been named National High School Athlete of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association:[5]

  • 2003 Earvin Parker, Lewisville High School, Boys Track and Field
  • 2006 Pavi Francis, Flower Mound Marcus High School, Girls Tennis

Parker ran the fastest 100 m and second-fastest 200 m in the United States in 2003. He was also named to USA Today's All-USA boys team.[6][7]

State championships

The Lewisville High School Football Team won the State Championship in 1993 and 1996 (at which time the team was featured on the "Team Cheerios" cereal box), and were State Finalists in 1972, and State Semifinalists in 1979.[1]

1972: 3A - Uvalde 33, Lewisville 27
1993: 5A Division II - Lewisville 43, Aldine MacArthur 37
1996: 5A Division I - Lewisville 58, Converse Judson 34

The 1996 Farmers set the Texas record for most yards gained on the ground (547; the team did not attempt a single pass during the game), while the teams' combined score of 92 set the (then) record for most points in an 11-man title game.[8]

An earlier team achieved notability for a different reason in 1946, when members of the Fighting Farmers chased a bank robber until he was exhausted, allowing for his capture by an unarmed gas station attendant.[1]

Notable alumni

2008 Honor killing incident

On January 1, 2008, sisters Amina and Sarah Said, both students at LHS, were found dead as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Police believe that their father, Yaser Abdel Said, 50, murdered his two daughters as an honor killing. The two sisters were found dead in their father's abandoned cab in the parking lot of an Irving hotel. Yaser is suspected to have fled back to Egypt.[9] A candlelight vigil was held at the front of the school in honor of the two students.

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Coordinates: 33°02′27″N 97°01′10″W / 33.04083°N 97.01953°W / 33.04083; -97.01953


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