Lawrence Free State High School
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Lawrence Free State High School
Lawrence Free State High School
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4700 Overland Drive[1]


United States
Coordinates38°58?30?N 95°18?13?W / 38.975138°N 95.303650°W / 38.975138; -95.303650Coordinates: 38°58?30?N 95°18?13?W / 38.975138°N 95.303650°W / 38.975138; -95.303650
School typePublic, High School
School boardBoard Website
School districtLawrence USD 497
SuperintendentAnthony S. Lewis[4]
CEEB code171691[3]
PrincipalMyron Graber
Athletic DirectorAmanda Faunce
Teaching staff106.90 (FTE)[5]
Grades9 to 12[2]
Enrollment1,841 (2018-19)[5]
Student to teacher ratio17.22[5]
Hours in school day7
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)  Hunter Green
  Silver   Garnet Red[2]
SongWe Hail Thee Lawrence Free State [2]
Fight songFight On, Firebirds! [3]
AthleticsKSHSAA Class 6A
Athletics conferenceSunflower League
RivalLawrence High School
NewspaperThe Free Press
YearbookThe Talon
Communities servedLawrence
WebsiteSchool Website

Lawrence Free State High School (FSHS or LFS) is a public secondary school in Lawrence, Kansas, operated by Lawrence USD 497 school district, and serves students of grades 9 to 12. It is one of two public high schools within the city limits of Lawrence. The current enrollment is approximately 1,825 students.[2] The school colors are hunter green, garnet red, and silver.[2] The current principal is Myron Graber.

Lawrence Free State is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and are known as the "Firebirds". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs. Free State's fine arts department received the 2019-2020 KSHSAA Performing Arts School of Excellence award.


Lawrence Free State was established in 1997[2] in response to overcrowding at Lawrence High School, the only public high school in Lawrence at the time. Almost one-third of students at Lawrence High transferred over to Free State at the start of the 1997 school year.


The College Board recognized Free State High with the 2007-08 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement Participation and Performance. One high school in each state receives this honor and a $1,000 grant for math and science education.[2]

Extracurricular activities

The Firebirds compete in the Sunflower League and are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Lawrence Free State has won fifteen state championships in various sports. Additionally, a small number of graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.

From the school's inception in 1997 until 2008, football games were played at Haskell Memorial Stadium. Some games were also played at Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas.[6] They are now, however, played in a home stadium built in 2009-2010, when a stadium was built for Lawrence High School as well.

Free State has a strong music program that is recognized as a top program throughout the state of Kansas. The Free State chamber choir, advanced treble choir (Aurora), and concert chorale have all received "I" Ratings at KSHSAA every year since its inception in 1997. Free State's theatre program is regionally recognized and has performed shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, The Pajama Game and Anything Goes. The theatre program also performed at the Kansas Thespian Festival in Wichita, KS in 2019 and was named a Gold Honor Troupe there. The Free State marching band were grand champions at the Missouri Western State University Tournament of Champions in 2000, 2001, and 2002, in addition to being finalists at the University of Central Missouri Festival of Champions in 2006 and 2007 and the Kansas Bandmasters Marching Championships in 2015. The Free State orchestra traveled to Los Angeles in early 2019 and is starting their tradition of excellence that they have been building since the school's inception. The Free State Debate and Forensics program has grown substantially over the last few years. Winning State championships in 2007 (debate) and 2019 (debate and forensics), and winning numerous other state trophies: 2nd place (debate, 2012); 3rd place (debate, 2015); 2nd place (debate (two-speaker), 2018); 2nd place (debate (four-speaker), 2018); 3rd place (forensics, 2018); In Fall of 2019, KSHSAA Performing Arts School of Excellence for the immense success in Choir, Band, Orchestra, Theater, Debate, and Forensics.

State Championships

State Championships[7]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Gymnastics, Girls 5 2009 (co-champions), 2011, 2013, 2014, 2020
Cross Country, Girls 2 2013, 2016
Cross Country, Boys 1 2020
Winter Swimming and Diving, Boys 1 2004
Debate 2 2007 (four-speaker), 2019 (two-speaker)
Scholar's Bowl 1 2017
Spring Baseball 2 2006, 2015
Softball 2 2018, 2019
Track and Field, Girls 2 2013, 2014
Swimming and Diving, Girls 2 2009, 2015
Forensics 1 2019
Total 21

Notable alumni


  1. ^ GNIS for Lawrence Free State High School; USGS; November 3, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Lawrence Free State High School - About Us Archived 2009-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b c "Lawrence Free State High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ Smith, Benton (August 31, 2007). "Haskell Stadium a house of history". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "State Records & State Champions". Archived from the original (English) on 2009-04-21. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Christian Ballard" (English). Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Free State Firebirds Cody Kukuk, Colin Toalson sign with KU baseball". Retrieved 2014.

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