LA GRANGE – More than 4,000 students filled both South and North campuses at Lyons Township High School for the first day of school.
Along with new and returning students – 1019 freshmen, 1009 sophomores, 1009 juniors and 1058 seniors – the school also welcomed six new administrators and 15 new teachers. Among the sea of new faces was new principal, Dr. Brian Waterman.
Before welcoming its students and staff, School District 204 had quite a busy summer in preparation. More than 1,000 students enrolled in summer school at LTHS, as well as the 5,000-plus participants in athletic and activity camps.
Aside from housing camps and courses, the school itself underwent some additional renovations throughout the past weeks.
At South Campus, six science labs were gutted and replaced, the main office was reconfigured with a secure visitor entrance and new tennis courts were constructed. The building, at 4900 S. Willow Springs Road, also had more than $2 million in roof work completed.
At the school's North Campus, 14 classrooms were given air conditioning and the fieldhouse received new lockers in both the girls and boys locker rooms. Students and staff will also notice a new entrance to the lower level library, a new ceiling and lighting in the Vaughan gym and an upper gym in the fieldhouse.
Although not yet complete, two more projects are in place at North Campus,100 S. Brainard Ave.
The faculty and student cafeterias are being renovated to include a 2-story wall of windows, new plumbing and faster serving lines. The school also removed the seats and orchestra pit from the campus' auditorium, which now has scaffolding running from floor to ceiling while the project to enhance acoustics and lighting is completed. Both projects are set to be finished by March 2015.
For more information on Lyons Township High School, visit www.lths.net.