|Lafayette High School|
Lafayette in August 2019
401 Reed Ln
|School type||Public, High school|
|Principal||Bryne Jacobs (2018)|
|Teaching staff||118.17 (FTE)|
|Enrollment||2440 (2017-18 AY)|
|o Grade 9||28.91%|
|o Grade 10||25.75%|
|o Grade 11||23.76%|
|o Grade 12||21.36%|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.70:1|
|Schedule type||Block scheduling|
|ACT average||22 (2017-18 AY)|
|Newspaper||The Lafayette Times|
Coat of arms of the house of La Fayette
(Gules, a bend or, with a bordure vair)
Lafayette High School is a public high school in Lexington, Kentucky that has been open for 80 years, seen the beginning of racially-desegregated education in the city, and been overseen by eight principals.
Founded in 1939 to replace Picadome High School, Lafayette High School was built on the grounds of a former orphanage with funding from the Works Progress Administration. The school was named for Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette; the French general's family gave the school permission to use their family coat of arms as a logo. The school shared its property with a mansion--The Elms--until the latter burned down a few months into the first school year. In 1955, Lafayette was the first white school in Lexington to be racially integrated when Helen Caise Wade (a student at Lexington's all-black Douglass High School) took a summer school course in US history.
Dwight Price (born 1930 or 1931) was principal from 1972–87. After its comprehensive 1998 building renovation, Lafayette implemented block scheduling beginning with the 2000-01 academic year. In 2012, the school received its eighth principal: Memphis, Tennessee-native and University of Kentucky graduate Bryne Jacobs (born 1978 or 1979). Jacobs previously worked at Lexington's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School from 2000–12, and was still at Lafayette through at least the 2017-18 academic year. Renovation of the school's stadium was completed in 2010.
Part of the Fayette County Public Schools school district, Lafayette had 2210 enrolled students across grades 9-12 in the 2016-17 academic year (639 freshmen, 569 sophomores, 525 juniors, and 472 seniors). With 118.17 full-time equivalent teachers, the student-to-teacher ratio was 18.70:1. Of the student body, 0.05% were Native American, 4.84% were Asian, 15.93% were Black, 6.11% were Hispanic, 0.09% were Pacific Islanders, 70.00% were White, and 2.99% were multiracial. By the next year, enrollment had increased by 10.41% to 2440, and the student body had become 68.1% White, 12.3% African American, 10.9% Hispanic, and 8.7% other ethnicities.
As of the 2017-18 academic year, Lafayette offered two specialized programs for its students: the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) and the Pre-Engineering Program. SCAPA was "designed for students who excel in art, ballet, band, contemporary dance, creative writing, drama, piano, strings, and voice", and required an audition to be considered for the program. The latter offering was a program "designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in such mathematically rigorous and technical fields as engineering, architecture, medicine, computer programming, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics."
The Lafayette boys' basketball team won the Sweet Sixteen championship in 1942, 1950, 1953, 1957, 1979, and 2001. The baseball team won the state championship in 1988, 1989, and 1992. The Lafayette marching band was awarded The Sudler Shield by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 1991 and 1998.
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