|Lake Orion High School |
495 E. Scripps Road
Orion Township, Michigan 48360
|Established||1893, 1997 (current site)|
|School district||Lake Orion Community Schools|
|Rivals||Clarkston Wolves |
|Green and white |
|Website||Lake Orion High School|
The immediate area around the school has been developed into residential neighborhoods, but is still dominated by Bald Mountain Recreation Area to the north, east, and southeast.
The first building to house Lake Orion students was built in 1893 and served grades K-12. It was demolished in the 1930s by a Works Progress Administration project after a new school building was in place.
In 1927 a new building was constructed that would house K-12 students for the next 30 years. Located within the Village of Lake Orion, the building is still in use today as the Ehman Center, and is used by various non-profit enterprises (the property is zoned as non-commercial). It was the home of a Boys & Girls Clubs of America chapter in the 1990s and early 2000s; the chapter has since moved.
The next building to house LOHS is located near the current school, and is now used as a Community Education Resource Center. It is commonly referred to as the "CERC Building". Opened in 1957, it housed classes for high school students for 40 years. During the 1980s and 1990s the building became so limited in space that it eventually only served grades 10-12, and also required the use of portable classrooms. During that time, the building was known as Lake Orion Senior High School, and was fed by Lake Orion Junior High School (grades 7, 8 and 9). In 1994, Lake Orion and Orion Township residents approved a millage for a new high school, a new elementary school, new buses, and improvements to existing buildings.
The current site of LOHS opened in the fall of 1997, with much of the school uncompleted as construction was behind schedule. Students began classes while construction crews completed the main entrance, gym, weight room, auditorium, parking lot, baseball fields, and natatorium. As a result, students and staff used secondary entrances and were bused to the former high school for gym classes (and the first pep rally to include all four classes in years).
LOHS offers 29 varsity sports, and competes in the Oakland Activities Association (OAA). At the state level, the school is classified as "Class A" or "Division 1", competing against those schools with the largest enrollments. Historically, LOHS began competing against schools with the smallest enrollments in the early half of the 20th century. As the area's population grew and enrollment increased, LOHS began moving up in classification until permanently being classified as Division 1 or Class A in the 1970s. Recently, Lake Orion has added boys' ice hockey (2001), boys' and girls' lacrosse (2007), boys' and girls' bowling, and girls' competitive dance to the list of varsity sports offered.
The grounds surrounding the school feature Dragon Stadium, which houses the football field and track. The football field is composed of AstroTurf GameDay Grass XPe, an artificial surface constructed to resemble grass. A separate soccer field is located next to the stadium. There are several baseball and softball diamonds, some of which feature dugouts or bleacher seating. Lighted tennis courts are located adjacent to the school. Many of these facilities are suitable for regional, statewide, and AAU competitions.
The athletic teams are known as "The Dragons". The "Dragons" (or Lady Dragons) name is used by all athletic teams at all educational levels throughout the school system. The chief rival to Lake Orion is the Clarkston High School Wolves, located in the township directly west of Orion. The two districts border one another and share many of the same demographics and enrollment. A previous rival to Lake Orion was Oxford High School, located in the township directly north. Beginning with the 2010 fall sports season, Lake Orion again faced Oxford in sporting events, as Oxford moved to the OAA. The football teams compete for the "Double-O" trophy each season.
The boys' and girls' ski teams compete at Pine Knob. The ice hockey team predominately competes at the Detroit Skating Club.
Numerous other programs at Lake Orion High School have received State and National honors throughout the years.