Lewis-Palmer High School

Lewis-Palmer High School (LPHS) is a public high school in Monument, Colorado. It is one of only two high schools in the Lewis-Palmer School District 38, the other being Palmer Ridge High School.

Lewis-Palmer High School
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Lewis-Palmer High School is located in Colorado
Lewis-Palmer High School
Lewis-Palmer High School
Location of school in Colorado
1300 Highby Road


Coordinates39°4′50″N 104°51′17″W / 39.08056°N 104.85472°W / 39.08056; -104.85472Coordinates: 39°4′50″N 104°51′17″W / 39.08056°N 104.85472°W / 39.08056; -104.85472
Former nameThe Lewis School
School typePublic high school
MottoExpect the Best
Established1920 (1920)
School districtLewis-Palmer 38
CEEB code061040
NCES School ID080582001003[1]
PrincipalBridget O'Conner[2]
Teaching staff49.74 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,064 (2017–2018[1])
Student to teacher ratio21.39[1]
Color(s)Black and orange         
Athletics conferenceCHSAA
Feeder schools
  • Lewis-Palmer Middle School


Lewis-Palmer is ranked as one of Colorado's best public high schools. John J. Irwin Award winner as well as numerous other nationally ranked awards, Lewis-Palmer is recognized as a nationally excelling school.[citation needed] US News Top 500 High School

2006 IssueEdit

The school refused to give its 2006 valedictorian, Erica Corder, her diploma after she mentioned Jesus Christ in her commencement speech. Corder pursued legal action against the school district.[3] The court ruled against Corder by declaring that the graduation was a school sponsored event and therefore the school was under the obligation to uphold the constitutional separation between church and state. The court also ruled that the school's policy for graduation speeches was too vague, and thus unconstitutional due to the "chilling effect" that is created by overly broad rules.[4]

Notable TeacherEdit

In 2015, Kathy Thirkell won the Colorado Teachers of the Year award.[5]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - LEWIS-PALMER HIGH SCHOOL (080582001003)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Principal's Message / Home". Lewis-Palmer School District 38. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ FOXNews.com - Colorado Student Files Lawsuit Over Commencement Speech That Mentioned Jesus
  4. ^ Corder v Lewis Palmer
  5. ^ "Colorado Teachers of the Year 1963-Present". cde.state.co.us. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bobby Burling". MLS Soccer. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Patrick Joseph Garrity (Pat)". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "Jennifer Sipes Video". OV Guide. Archived from the original on January 18, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "THE REEL DEAL: DEREK THELER Q&A". 303 magazine. August 14, 2013.

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