LAKEWOOD, Ohio-- Lakewood High School is bursting with Ranger Pride after being named this week’s FOX 8 Cool School.
With 1600 students, it is an award-winning school. Lakewood High has repeatedly received an excellent rating from the state.
It takes a diverse, integrated approach to education by offering nearly 200 courses. The focus is getting students to be college and career-ready.
"Everyone is really into learning about all that they can learn and all the teachers we have here are really excited about what they teach," senior, Max Mulready, said.
Students find there's more than classroom learning at Lakewood High. The school offers more than 90 clubs and activities.
An elite group of music students is part of the Lakewood Project which is a rock orchestra. "We get to play classical music and add this whole rhythm section to it and we get to play like popular music and add all the strings to it,” Mulready added.
Senior Daniel Toner said the group is inspired by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “And, I think we are the only high school rock orchestra in the country. That's pretty cool,” he added.
In addition to teaching culinary arts at Lakewood High, they operate the Ranger Cafe, a student-run, full service restaurant. It is one of the programs through the West Shore Career Technical District. "Juniors prep the food. Seniors more of finish cooking the food and they serve food and they handle the restaurant,” junior, Sierra Henderson, said.
Seniors Jacob Schmidt and Megan Barrett share their reasons why Lakewood High is worthy of being named a FOX 8 'Cool School.' "We're really diverse. We have great Ranger Pride. The teachers are awesome. Our administration is really helpful. And, we just love Lakewood,” they said.