|Lawrence Free State High School|
4700 Overland Drive
|School type||Public, High School|
|School board||Board Website|
|School district||Lawrence USD 497|
|Superintendent||Anthony S. Lewis|
|Athletic Director||Amanda Faunce|
|Teaching staff||106.90 (FTE)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Student to teacher ratio||17.22|
|Hours in school day||7|
|Color(s)|| Hunter Green|
Silver Garnet Red
|Song||We Hail Thee Lawrence Free State |
|Fight song||Fight On, Firebirds! |
|Athletics||KSHSAA Class 6A|
|Athletics conference||Sunflower League|
|Rival||Lawrence High School|
|Newspaper||The Free Press|
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. The school colors are hunter green, garnet red, and silver. 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 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.
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. 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.
|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)|
|Track and Field, Girls||2||2013, 2014|
|Swimming and Diving, Girls||2||2009, 2015|