Lewis and Clark High School

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Lewis and Clark High School
Fides, Noscentia, Virtus
521 W. 4th Ave.
Spokane, Washington
Type Public High School
Established 1912; 110 years ago (1912)
School district Spokane Public Schools
Principal Jeremy Ochse
Faculty 103
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,036
Campus Urban
Color(s) Orange and Black          
Athletics WIAA Class 4A
Athletics conference Greater Spokane League
Mascot Tigers
Rivals Ferris, North Central
Newspaper The Journal
Yearbook The Tiger
Information (509) 354-7000
Elevation 1,940 ft (590 m) AMSL
300 px
South Central High School in 1909; destroyed by fire in 1910

Lewis and Clark High School is a four-year public secondary school in Spokane, Washington. Opened 110 years ago in 1912, it is located at 521 W. Fourth Ave. in downtown Spokane, bounded by I-90 to the north and Deaconess Medical Center to the west. It replaced South Central High School, destroyed by fire in 1910, and was named for the two leaders of the Corps of Discovery.

History and facilities

File:Lewis & Clark HS addition 01.jpg
2001 classroom addition and new skybridge to the field house. Historic entry to the former administration building is in the foreground. View is looking southeast with S. Stevens Street visible.
File:Lewis & Clark HS EL Hunter Field House 01.jpeg
2001 E.L. Hunter Field House to the east of the historic school building just visible at right. The view is looking southwest.

Central School, a two-story wooden building, was the first school located on the southwest block at Fourth and Stevens. A four-room school, it opened 139 years ago in October 1883. In 1890, citizens voted bonds to build a new high school and four elementary schools. The old Central school building was moved to the corner of Fifth and Bernard and became a private school. The new high school, first known as "Spokane High School," was constructed on the Fourth and Stevens site and opened in 1891. By 1906, the influx of immigrants and subsequent boom in Spokane's population created a need for a second high school. North Central High School was built and opened in 1908 to serve the students on the north side the river. Spokane High School became known as "South Central High School."[1]

Fire destroyed South Central High School in 1910, shortly after sunrise on June 21.[2] The spectacular blaze destroyed the interior of the school but left the remains of the exterior walls standing. In January 1911, citizens passed a bond issue of $500,000 to pay for replacement of the school. Students attended classes at North Central while work progressed on the new school.[3] Problems in construction and strikes by workers delayed the opening until April 1912. Meanwhile, the Spokane Daily Chronicle encouraged readers to enter a contest to suggest names for the new high school. Richard Hargreaves, the principal of North Central, suggested the names of Lewis and Clark, using one name for each high school, North and South Central. The school board settled for naming the south side school Lewis and Clark.[1]

Between 1999 and 2001 the school underwent a major renovation and addition. This included addition of new classrooms to the east side of the school, replacement of the former field house with a new E. L. Hunter Field House, and a skybridge over S. Stevens Street to the east to connect the school building to the new field house.[4]

In 2001, the school was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places[5]


As of October 2007, 49% of the population was male and 51% of the population was female. White students have the biggest ethnic representation at 80.4% with African American follow at 6.2%, Asian/Pacific Islander at 3.0%, Hispanic at 3.0%, Asian at 2.6%, American Indian/Alaskan Native at 2.2%,and Pacific Islander at 0.4%. As of October 2007, 26.2% of students received free or reduced-priced meals, 8.0% were a part of the special education program, and 2.8% in transitional bilingualism. The 2006-2007 school year saw a dropout rate of 5.0%, an on-time graduation rate of 80%, and extended graduation rate of 84.4%.[6]


  • Newsweek Magazine named Lewis and Clark High School one of the top 1500 US High Schools in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005. [1]
  • Sports Illustrated named Lewis and Clark High School one of the Top 25 high school sports programs in the nation, it was 12th 2007-08. [2]



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  4. LC Renovation, Spokane Public Schools history webpage. Retrieved 2015-09-17
  5. Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Places webpage. Retrieved 2015-06-07
  6. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
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