Lawrence High School (Massachusetts)

Lawrence High School is located in Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States.

LHS is a part of Lawrence Public schools. In 1901, The Lawrence High School was established at the corner of Lawrence and Haverhill street. This is where Lawrence High School served its many students for 106 years. In 2007, a new Lawrence High School campus opened in south Lawrence.[3] The original building houses an alternative high school program, and a public middle school. The new Lawrence High School Campus is organized into academies by grade level, with a 9th Grade Academy, a 10th Grade Academy, and an Upper School Academy which serves 11th graders and 12 graders. The new Lawrence High School Campus also houses the Abbott Lawrence Academy, which serves the highest-performing students and the LIFE program, which serves students who are differently-abled. The new Lawrence High School Campus is one of the largest in the state, with a Field House that can seat 3,400 individuals and a Performing Arts Center that seats an extra 1,200 individuals.[4]

Lawrence High School
Lawrence High School Campus, Lawrence MA
70-71 North Parish Road


United States
Coordinates42°41′27″N 71°08′42″W / 42.69074°N 71.14488°WCoordinates: 42°41′27″N 71°08′42″W / 42.69074°N 71.14488°W
TypePublic High School
School districtLawrence Public Schools
HeadmasterMichael Fiato
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment3,295 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Navy Blue, White
Athletics conferenceMerrimack Valley Conference (MVC)
RivalCentral Catholic High School (CCHS)


In 2010, more than one out of every four Lawrence kids dropped out of high school and only 35 percent of 10th graders were “proficient” in math, by MCAS results. As a result, the school district was put under receivership by the state Board of Education in January 2012. The receiver named was Jeffrey Riley.[5] In 2012, the drop out rate at the high school was more than 50%.[6]

[The] district ranked in the bottom 1 percent in the state based on math and English test scores when it was placed in receivership by the state education commissioner in fall 2011. There has been evident improvement in just two years, with high school graduation rates raising to 67 percent in 2014, up from 52 percent in 2011. [...] Lawrence, with about 14,000 students, has a history of corruption and dysfunction. It was the first school system taken over under the receivership law passed by the State Legislature in 2010. The Legislature gave the receivers extraordinary powers, including the ability to extend the school day, change collective-bargaining agreements or even require all staff to reapply for their positions. While state lawmakers were willing to sweep the system clean in the worst districts if that’s what it took to end the cycle of failure, that did not happen in Lawrence.

— The Editorial Board, The New York Times, June 17, 2015 [7]


  1. ^ "Lawrence High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "History of the Lawrence Public Schools". Lawrence Public Schools. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  4. ^ "History of the Lawrence Public Schools". Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ Under Receiver’s Rule, Lawrence Schools Show Early Gains
  6. ^ Lawrence, MA, City of the Damned
  7. ^ Massachusetts Takes On a Failing School District

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Lawrence High School

Lawrence High School may refer to:

In the United States:

Lawrence High School (Kansas), in Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence High School (New Jersey), in Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Lawrence High School (New York), in Cedarhurst, New York

Lawrence High School (Maine), in Fairfield, Maine

Lawrence High School (Massachusetts) in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Lawrence High School (Nebraska), in Lawrence, Nebraska

Lawrence Central High School, in Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana

Lawrence County High School (Alabama), in Moulton, Alabama

Lawrence County High School (Kentucky), in Louisa, Kentucky

Lawrence County High School (Mississippi), in Monticello, Mississippi

Lawrence County High School (Tennessee), in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

List of the oldest public high schools in the United States

The following are the oldest public high schools in the United States that are still in operation. While some of these schools have operated as private schools in the past, all are currently public schools. The list does not include schools that have closed or consolidated with another school to form a new institution. The list is ordered by date of creation, and currently includes schools formed before 1870.

Boston Latin School (1635), Boston, Massachusetts

Hartford Public High School (1638), Hartford, Connecticut

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (1648), Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hopkins Academy (1664), Hadley, Massachusetts

Academy of Richmond County (1783), Augusta, Georgia

Glynn Academy (1788), Brunswick, Georgia

Canandaigua Academy (1791), Canandaigua, New York

Westford Academy (1792), Westford, Massachusetts

Oxford Academy and Central Schools (1794), Oxford, New York

New London Academy (1795), Lynchburg, Virginia

Newburgh Free Academy (1796), Newburgh, New York

Woodstock Academy (1801), Woodstock, Connecticut ["a quasi-private, independent school"]

Bacon Academy (1803), Colchester, Connecticut

Hampden Academy (1803), Hampden, Maine

Pinkerton Academy (1814), Derry, New Hampshire [Not strictly public, yet not private]

Columbia High School (1814), Maplewood, New Jersey

Cony High School (1815), Augusta, Maine

Delaware Academy (1819), Delhi, New York

English High School of Boston (1821), Boston, Massachusetts

Portland High School (1821), Portland, Maine

Kentucky School for the Deaf (1823), Danville, Kentucky

Prattsburgh Central School (1823), Prattsburgh, New York

New Bedford High School (1827), New Bedford, Massachusetts

Norcross High School (1827), Norcross, Georgia

Keene High School (1828), Keene, New Hampshire

Elyria High School (1830), Elyria, Ohio

Lahainaluna High School (1831), Maui, Hawaii

Leon High School (1831), Tallahassee, Florida

Lowell High School (1831), Lowell, Massachusetts

Newburyport High School (1831), Newburyport, Massachusetts

Woodward High School (1831), Cincinnati, Ohio

Cambridge High School (1834), Cambridge, Illinois

Medford High School (1835), Medford, Massachusetts

Bellevue High School (1836), Bellevue, Michigan

Central High School (1836), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Auburn High School (1837), Auburn, Alabama

Windsor High School (1837), Windsor, New York

Barringer High School (1838), Newark, New Jersey

Cohasset High School (1838), Cohasset, Massachusetts

Nantucket High School (1838), Nantucket, Massachusetts

Taunton High School (1838), Taunton, Massachusetts

Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (1838), Staunton, Virginia

Baltimore City College (1839), Baltimore, Maryland

Gloucester High School (Massachusetts) (1839), Gloucester, Massachusetts

Middletown High School (Connecticut) (1840), Middletown, Connecticut

Brighton High School (1841), Boston, Massachusetts

Haverhill High School (1841), Haverhill, Massachusetts

Warren Easton Charter High School -formerly known as Boys High School (1843), New Orleans, Louisiana

Brookline High School (1843), Brookline, Massachusetts

Classical High School (1843), Providence, Rhode Island

Drury High School (1843), North Adams, Massachusetts

Tennessee School for the Deaf (1844), Knoxville, Tennessee

Western High School (Baltimore, Maryland) (1844), Baltimore, Maryland

Charlestown High School (1845), Boston, Massachusetts

Lyons High School (1845), Lyons, New York

Mary D. Bradford High School (1845), Kenosha, Wisconsin

New Braunfels High School (1845), New Braunfels, Texas

Windsor High School (Vermont) (1845), Windsor, Vermont

Chelsea High School (Massachusetts) (1846) Chelsea, Massachusetts

Concord High School (New Hampshire) (1846) Concord, New Hampshire

Georgia School for the Deaf (1846) Cave Spring, Georgia

Manchester Central High School (1846) Manchester, New Hampshire

Pine Tree High School (1847) Longview, Texas

Biddeford High School (1848) Biddeford, Maine

Lockport High School (1848) Lockport, New York

Philadelphia High School for Girls (1848) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

B.M.C. Durfee High School (1849) Fall River, Massachusetts

Charlotte High School (Charlotte, Michigan) (1849) Charlotte, Michigan

Fitchburg High School (1849) Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Lawrence High School (Massachusetts) (1849) Lawrence, Massachusetts

Rockport High School (1849) Rockport, Massachusetts

Waltham High School (1849) Waltham, Massachusetts

Ypsilanti High School (1849) Ypsilanti, Michigan

New Albany High School (1853) New Albany, Indiana

Arundel High School (1854) Gambrills, Maryland

Norwich Free Academy (1854), Norwich, Connecticut [a "quasi-private school," "privately governed, independent secondary school"]

Andover High School (Massachusetts) (1856) Andover, Massachusetts

Louisville Male High School (1856) Louisville, Kentucky

Lowell High School (San Francisco) (1856) San Francisco, California

Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor, Michigan) (1856) Ann Arbor, Michigan

Peoria High School (Illinois) (1856) Peoria, Illinois

Texas School for the Deaf (1856) Austin, Texas

University High School (1857) Normal, Illinois

Braintree High School (1858) Braintree, Massachusetts

Ravenna High School (1858), Ravenna, Ohio

Hillhouse High School (1859), New Haven, Connecticut

San Jose High School (1863) San Jose, California

Shortridge High School (1864) Indianapolis, Indiana

Saint Paul Central High School (1866) Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hastings Senior High School (1866) Hastings, Minnesota

Parkersburg High School (1867) Parkersburg, West Virginia

Round Rock High School (1867) Round Rock, Texas

Holly High School (1868) Holly, Michigan

Theodore Roosevelt High School (1868), Kent, Ohio

Morristown High School (1869) Morristown, New Jersey

Lincoln High School (1869) Portland, Oregon

Hunter College High School (1869) New York, New York

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