|Lake Highland Preparatory School|
|901 Highland Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32803
|President||Alfred G. Harms, Jr.|
|Campus size||42 acres (17 ha)|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Last updated: 5 January 2018|
Lake Highland Preparatory School is a private, coeducational school in Orlando, Florida founded in 1970. It is the largest private school in Orlando and serves grades Pre-K through 12. The school has a controversial history as segregation academy.
The school was founded in 1970, during the racial integration of Orlando area public schools. When the school was first established, the chairman of the board of trustees, Joseph Guernsey, declined to comment when a reporter asked if the school was established to allow white parents to avoid racially integrated public schools. The school initially held classes on the campus of the racially segregated Orlando Junior College. In 1972, James Higginbotham resigned from his position at Orange County public schools to take a post at Lake Highland Preparatory. Higginbotham had been criticized for resisting court orders to desegregate Robinswood Middle School and Carver Middle School.
In 1976, a school spokesperson said black students were welcome, but none had ever applied or enrolled.
In 2013, the school instituted mandatory drug testing for all students. After the initial test, additional testing will be performed on both a random and "reasonable suspicion" basis.
The school is situated on a 42 acres (17 ha) campus on Lake Highland in Orlando. The school also has a middle school campus (Charles Clayton Campus) for grades 7 and 8.
LHPS athletic teams are called the Highlanders. Former head football coach Frank Prendergast serves as the school's athletic director. In 2012, 27 of the school's 200 graduating seniors signed to play for college teams. The Highlanders compete in the Florida High School Athletic Association; however, different teams compete in different districts of the FHSAA. For example, the football team competes at the 2B level, while the basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer teams participate in the 3A district. All other teams compete in the 1A district.
Most athletics facilities are located on-campus. Football and soccer teams play on Holloway Field at CNL Stadium (often shortened to "CNL Stadium" or "the Field"), while the basketball and volleyball teams compete inside the Weng Family Gymnasium (commonly referred to as "the Gym"). The baseball team plays across from Lake Highland as part of the O'Meara sports complex.
Historically, Trinity Preparatory School has been Lake Highland's primary athletic rival, mirroring their academic rivalry. Recently, Lake Highland moved out of Trinity's division, thus ending the annual football rivalry. Lake Highland and Trinity still participate in the same division in most other sports. Bishop Moore High School has supplanted Trinity as LHP's annual football rival.
Lake Highland is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
Lake Highland Prep's instruction in the art curriculum in the fine and performing arts.
The school also has a leadership group called Blackwatch and DARA (for boys and girls respectively) for tenth to twelfth graders that go to Outdoor Odyssey in Boswell, Pennsylvania during the summer.
After school programs
The Orlando Hoshuko, a weekend supplementary school for Japanese children, holds its classes at the school.
Noted former students include:
- Joel Berry II, basketball player for the North Carolina Tar Heels, McDonald's All-American and 3x Florida Mr. Basketball
- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive back for the New York Giants (sophomore year only)
- Candice Accola, actress
- Traylor Howard, television actress
- Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed 
- Max Starks, a former offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, Saint Louis Rams, and Arizona Cardinals.
- Kerri Strug, 1996 Olympic Games Gold Medalist in Women's Gymnastics
- Mark Tremonti, lead guitarist of Creed and Alter Bridge
- Ty Tryon, Professional Golfer
- Brittany Viola, NCAA Champion Diver
- John Green, New York Times Best Selling Author
- Pynn, Roger (February 25, 1970). "Private Prep School Plans Announced". The Orlanda Sentinel – via Newspapers.com.
Guernsey refused comment on whether the move was a result of suggestions that private schools were needed in light of federally ordered Integration of public schools.
- "Higginbotham Resigns, Accepts Highland Prep Job". The Orlando Evening Star. May 9, 1972. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Area Schools not Affected, Officials Say". The Orlando Sentinel. June 26, 1976. p. 4A – via Newspapers.com.
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- Tania Ganguli, "Viola is leaving Lake Highland", Orlando Sentinel, May 1, 2007.
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- http://www.lhps.org/alumni/pages/florida.htm[permanent dead link]