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Lindale High School

Lindale High School
Official Lindale High School emblem
"A Tradition of Excellence"
Location
920 East Hubbard Street
Lindale, Texas, Smith County, 75771
United States
Information
Type Co-Educational, Comprehensive Public High School, Secondary
School district Lindale Independent School District
Superintendent Stan Surratt
Principal Donny Williams
Assistant Principals Casey Neal, Holly Cargill
Grades 9–12
Campus size approx. 1,100 students
Color(s)          
Mascot The Eagle
Newspaper 'The Eagle Eye'
Website


Lindale High School (also called Lindale High, LHS or simply Lindale) is a public secondary school located in the Northeast Texas town of Lindale. The school holds multiple University Interscholastic League state academic championships and has several times earned an "Exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency (one of only five high schools of its size in Texas to achieve that rating in 2009). Lindale High is a part of the Lindale Independent School District and includes grades 9 through 12. The school serves most of Lindale and nearby Hideaway Lake. A small portion of eastern Van Zandt County also lies within the district.

Academics

"A Tradition of Excellence" is the motto of Lindale High School.

The school's curriculum focuses on natural science (biology, chemistry, physics and anatomy/physiology); mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus); English language and literature; social science (world geography, world history, early and contemporary U.S. history, psychology, sociology, government and economics); and fine arts. At the present time, however, the school only offers instruction in one foreign language, Spanish, which is offered up to the honors level.

Particularly commendable are the school's English and social studies departments. Students of Lindale High School consistently achieve higher scores on writing exams (or on writing portions of standardized tests, like the SAT or the Texas Higher Education Assessment) in comparison to peer institutions, and frequently distinguish themselves through writing competitions. In 2010, for example, all three winners (first, second, and third places) in the 12th-grade division of the East Texas State Fair Academic Writing Contest were students of Lindale High School.

In recent years, Lindale High has seen a significant drop in the number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered. This is an intentional decrease by the school's administration, as an array of college dual enrollment courses have taken place of the AP program. However, the school still offers AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Calculus AB, as well as a considerable number of pre-AP and college-preparatory honors courses to its students.

The school's college dual enrollment program includes courses in subjects as varying as English, mathematics, history, biology, government, public and business speaking, art and art history, automotive technology, and many others. In fact, in the 2009-2010 school year, Lindale High once again had the largest college dual enrollment program of any high school in the area, according to the school's primary dual enrollment partner institution, Tyler Junior College, a commendable community college located in Tyler, Texas.

The school also provides a range of elective courses. These include creative writing, analysis of visual media, medical terminology, computer science, computer multimedia, webmastering, art, applied music, theater production, dance, accounting and a hands-on education course (called "Ready Set Teach"), to name a few.

Extracurricular activities

In the hallways of Lindale High School, banners read, "Through These Halls Walk Champions" and "Building Champions," sayings that ring true to the nature of the extracurricular accomplishments of LHS students. The school possesses an active variety of teams, clubs, organizations and other extracurricular activities.

In terms of athletic teams, Lindale High offers football (which won the 2009, 2010 and 2011 district championships), volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, powerlifting, track, tennis, cross-country, soccer and others. The athletic department has claimed multiple district and regional titles (and even a few state titles) throughout the school's history. The tennis and soccer programs have been particularly successful. The mascot of Lindale High is the eagle. Usually, several LHS athletes are named to all-district teams each year, and many maintain high grade point averages.

Other extracurriculars include an active chapter of the National Honor Society (with a student-governed Leadership Council), Key Club, student council, The Eagle Eye (campus newspaper), yearbook, theatre, cheer-leading, journalism, speech and debate (including a chapter of the National Forensic League), drill team, marching band, concert band (including the school's Wind Ensemble), Spanish club, political organizations and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). A new literary magazine is said to be in development.

In 2010, through the school's chapter of the National Honor Society, LHS students expanded their community service initiatives, jumpstarting a tutoring program in conjunction with Lindale Junior High School and E.J. Moss Intermediate School.

In 2007, the Lindale High School Wind Ensemble was selected as the Texas AAA State Honor Band, the highest distinction a band can earn from the Texas Music Educators Association. The "Pride of Lindale" Marching Band, a rare high school military-style marching band, was an area finalist in 2007, 2009, and 2010. The band also has a 38-year record of consistent first-division ratings at region marching competition (as of October 2012).

La Bête, the theatre department's 2008 one-act play, advanced to the University Interscholastic League State One-Act Play Competition.

The Speech and Debate Club, which includes the varsity speech and debate team, holds many dozens of district, regional, and state championships. The team has competed at the University Interscholastic League state meet every year for almost 22 years, and has medaled in at least one event (sometimes several events) nearly every year. The team has had state titles in cross-examination debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking and in both poetry and prose interpretation. It has several times been named the State Champion Speech Team (in Conferences AAA and AAAA). The speech and debate team has also qualified for the National Forensic League's national tournament every year for nearly 12 years. In 2008, Philip Hayes, a debater who graduated from Lindale High in 2009, won the national championship and a $150,000 scholarship in the Now Debate This national competition. Then, in 2009-2010, the team was involved in The People Speak project, which is an initiative of the United Nations. When all schools participating in the project were ranked in May, 2010, Lindale High School was third in the United States and tenth internationally.

Lindale High School is active in University Interscholastic League competition academically, athletically and musically.

Notable alumni

The school's future

In 2009, voters passed a multi-million dollar bond to expand the school district. The bond included renovations to Eagle Stadium (the varsity football complex), a new junior high school, and expansions to Lindale High School. Most notably, the school received a state-of-the-art, 1,200-seat auditorium.

Due to this construction, Lindale High School's graduating class of 2010 was the first graduating class since 2004 to have its commencement exercises held at Rose Stadium in Tyler, Texas, rather than at Eagle Stadium, the traditional location.

Lindale High School, as well as the entire school district, is supported by the Lindale Education Foundation. The foundation's mission statement is as follows (taken from the foundation's website):

The mission of the Lindale ISD Education Foundation is to create and sustain a visionary coalition of businesses and citizens generating investments and funding for innovative programs and initiatives that enrich and inspire educational and leadership opportunities that will benefit the students and teachers of Lindale ISD.

External links

  • Lindale Independent School District
  • Lindale Education Foundation
  • , the student newspaper
  • LHS Theatre Department
  • University Interscholastic League
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented
  • Texas Music Educators Association
  • National Forensic League
  • The People Speak

Coordinates: 32°30′59″N 95°23′50″W / 32.516384°N 95.397163°W / 32.516384; -95.397163

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