Welcome to Lakewood High School! Lakewood was founded in 1996 as the result of a $28.5 million bond referendum passed by the voters of Sumter County to build two new high schools in Sumter District Two. Lakewood represents the union of students from the former Hillcrest, Furman, and Mayewood High Schools as well as Ebenezer Junior High School. “Gators” was selected as the school’s mascot because of the school’s proximity to Alligator Branch which is located in the southern part of Sumter County. This strong, adaptive animal has distinguished itself for its long survival in a changing world. The school colors are kelly green, white, and purple. Purple is an accent color representing unity among Sumter District Two students. The school has an approximate enrollment of 1150 students in grades 9-12. The yearbook, Odyssey and the literary magazine Expressions are published annually by the students. On July 1, 2011, Sumter School District Two and Sumter School District 17 consolidated into Sumter School District.