Lancaster High School (Ohio)

Lancaster High School is a secondary-level public high school located in Lancaster, Ohio, and is the only high school within the Lancaster City Schools district. The current building was opened during the fall of 1964. Currently, the building houses grades 9–12. Lancaster High School offers college prep, honors, AP, average, and lower-level classes and houses its own career and technical education (vocational) center, as well as the Stanbery Career Center campus located in Downtown Lancaster.[4]

Lancaster High School
1312 Granville Pike

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United States
Coordinates39°43′58″N 82°35′10″W
TypePublic, Coeducational high school
Opened1963 (current location)
School districtLancaster City Schools
SuperintendentSteve Wigton[1]
DirectorAnthony Knickerbocker, Career & Technical Education
PrincipalScott Burre[1]
Enrollment1,820 (2016–17)[2]
CampusJ.E. Brown Campus (Main) Stanbery Campus (Downtown)
Color(s)Blue and gold[1]         
SongOh, Lancaster, our Lancaster,

Our High School so dear. We praise thee, alma mater, Thy name we love to hear. Oh Lancaster, our Lancaster, Long may she rule in fame. Here's a toast to ole Lancaster,

Love live her name!
Fight song"Stand Up and Cheer"
Athletics22 Varsity sports
Athletics conferenceOhio Capital Conference[1]
MascotGale, personified as Gusto The Gale
Team nameGolden Gales[1]
RivalPickerington High School North, Pickerington High School Central
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
NewspaperEye of the Gale
YearbookThe Mirage
AlumniLancaster High School Alumni Association
Athletic DirectorPam Bosser[1]


The first high school in Lancaster, Ohio was founded in 1849 and was housed in a building at the corner of Broad and Allen streets, in what was known then as the North Building. In 1856, the high school was moved to a South School due to overcrowding at the North Building. Enrollment continued to increase and in 1872 the school board had to provide additional classrooms at another building until 1873, when a new three-story North School building was opened. This building eventually became overcrowded, and in 1906 the high school was moved to a new building at the corner of Mulberry Street and Pearl Avenue (the current location of the Stanbery Campus). According to board of education minutes from 1908, the new building already was overcrowded, and in 1914 a bond issue was passed to allow an extension to be added to the existing building. This annex was completed in 1917. Overcrowding continued, and in 1930 another addition to the building was completed. In 1950, the final addition to the high school was completed to the east side of the building, which today houses administrative offices.

In 1963, a state fire marshal ordered that the 1906 and 1917 sections of the building be abandoned because they were a fire hazard. Those sections were demolished in 1965.

In October 1960, the school board selected a location for a new site for the high school. Construction began in 1961, and was completed in 1963.


The current building is located on a 75-acre (300,000 m2) site, located on Granville Pike (State Route 37). The building consists of two wings: the left-wing (front)-1st floor houses administrative offices, the library, teachers' lounge, and general classrooms; 2nd floor houses classrooms and labs for biology, chemistry, and physics; the right-wing (only one story) houses art, music, and shop classes. Between the two wings is an area referred to the "GAC," housing the Gymnasium, Auditorium, and Cafeteria.

In 1963, Fulton Field was opened to accommodate football games.

In 1965, using funds from interest earned from previous bond issues and funds from the National Education Act of 1963, the high school opened a vocational building on-site to house cosmetology, drafting, electronics, auto mechanics, and Occupational Work Experience programs. In addition, a planetarium was constructed using donated monies from Mrs. Phillip Rising Peters in memory of her husband and son. In addition to the building, Mrs. Peters also donated the instruments and equipment used in the planetarium. Peters Planetarium is one of the few located on the grounds of a high school.

In 2003, as part of Ohio's bicentennial, the high school was made a historical landmark in commemoration of Robert G. Heft's designing of the current 50-star flag.

The students of Lancaster High School have a bike path that connects to the Ohio University Lancaster Campus.

Clubs and activities

Lancaster's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[5] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[6]

LHS had bolstered its journalism program in recent years, (though it does not stand as such today) reinstating its student newspaper, "The Eye of the Gale." The program has an average of 25-30 student staff members, and publishes the newspaper quarterly. In 2012 the organization began a student-run news site in an effort to involve students in the fluid media landscape.

Lancaster, Ohio has always been known for successful theatre. Through community support, LHS puts on two major productions a year. In the fall, the school does a play, and during the spring, the school does a musical. LHS also has a chartered troupe of the International Thespian Society.[7] Troupe 1848 is governed by the Educational Theatre Association[7] and promotes theatre arts within LHS.

Lancaster's marching band, the Band of Gold, has been highly successful over its history. The Band of Gold has qualified in the Ohio Music Education Association State Marching Band Finals each year since 1981.


Golden Gales Mascot

Lancaster High School has been known as the Golden Gales since the mid-1930s. Until that point, the teams went by the Golden Tornadoes. According to Dave Davis, a former LHS basketball coach, the name change came as a result of the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette receiving a new printing press. Due to the limitations of the column width, the full name wouldn't fit properly. One of the sports writers came up with Golden Gales and the name stuck. The unique name is not shared with anyone else in the state of Ohio.[8] The school and fans commonly shorten the name of the team by dropping the adjective and refer to the team as simply the "Gales" This is evident by the athletic website

Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships

Notable alumni

Richard F. Outcault, pioneer of the modern comic strip and creator of The Yellow Kid


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  2. "Lancaster High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  3. NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  4. "Destination Downtown Lancaster, Ohio 43130". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  5. "2009 Convention – Club Point Summary" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  6. "Constitution of the Ohio Junior Classical League" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. March 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2009. paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL.
  7. "Lancaster High School : EdTA". Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  8. "Looking at stories behind Ohio's high school mascots". Lancaster Eagle Gazette. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  9. OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  10. Sell, Jill (June 2015). "Starring Role". Ohio magazine.
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