As I begin my tenure as principal at Lakewood High School, it has been astounding to look around and see all the opportunities that LHS has to offer to our students. I figured that as the year progressed, I would be able to witness impressive accomplishments and a multitude of successes among our many talented students. However, what I didn’t expect was to see those even before we kicked off the 2022-2023 school year. The first task on my calendar was driving around the city putting “High 5” signs into the yards of students who earned a 5 on their AP exam. Last year, we offered 18 AP courses and among those courses, 57 of our students acquired 5s on different AP exams. Further, all our test scores were above both the state and global averages. In addition to these inspiring accomplishments, 32 students were named AP Scholars, 15 were given AP Scholars with Honor recognition, and 20 reigned in the highest level of College Board’s award program as AP Scholars with Distinction. While these achievements did not come easily or overnight, they serve as a significant reflection of the dedication, tenacity and pride that both our students and staff put into the opportunities that are provided to them on a daily basis.
Beyond the scope of academics, I was introduced to groups like The Lakewood Project and learned that we had a group of athletes participate in the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track and Field event this summer. We also had a teacher participate in the summer residency at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
These achievements, along with one of a kind curricular offerings made my transition not just easy, but exciting. I knew I was going somewhere special when I took the position as principal at Lakewood High School, and these accomplishments, and the many more guaranteed to come, have further confirmed that the Lakewood community is an amazing place to be.