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Lakewood High School Parents,

This is a message from your Principal, Mr. McKnight.

I hope that each of you are doing well and enjoying your virtual learning experience.  Your teachers have worked to ensure that you have a great school year even during these unprecedented times.  In order for this to be a successful school year communication is key.  We need everyone to be mindful of the weekly updates, and ongoing changes as we work to regain a sense of normalcy.  Students on behalf of your teachers, counselors, coaches, and administrators are embracing this moment and hoping that each of you will take the opportunity to be disciplined and persistent in achieving your academic goals for this school year.  I would like to send a special thanks to your parents and/or guardians for helping you during this unprecedented journey.  Students, please remember your “WHY” and work to ensure that you fulfill that purpose.  We’re looking forward to another great year and we’re excited about what the future holds for each and every one of you.


Principal McKnight

Mr. McKnight

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.

Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide a rigorous curriculum, infused with real world experiences that will engage and equip our students with skills needed to be college and career ready.

In partnership with all stakeholders, Lakewood High School is committed to building positive relationships while creating safe learning environments. LHS will establish and maintain a reputation of academic excellence. We will prepare our students to be socially responsible and productive global citizens.