TIMELINE of major events in LHPS history:

1969 Orlando Junior College votes to convert the college campus into a college preparatory school and name it Lake Highland Preparatory School. 

1970 Lake Highland Preparatory School (LHPS) opens with 325 students in grades 1-12.

1972 James Higginbotham, former superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, is named president.

1973 LHPS receives accreditation by Florida Council of Independent Schools and Southern Association of Colleges and schools and is the only private school in central Florida accredited by both. 

1982 Dr. Charles Millican, founding president of Florida Technological University (now UCF), is named president.

1990 During President Tom Marcy’s tenure, enrollment reaches 955 students.

1994 The Charles E. Bradshaw Jr. Lower School Building opens, allowing enrollment to grow to 1281. Dr. J. Robert Mayfield is president.

2000 Charles W. Rex Building opens, housing administrative offices, science labs, and math and science classrooms. 

2001 Warren Hudson begins his 15-year tenure with vast experience in military service, business and education.

2004 Total enrollment reaches 1890.

2006 Charles Clayton Middle School Campus opens, offering seventh and eighth graders a state-of-the art facility including classrooms, a gymnasium and the Bourne Family Chapel on the four-acre campus.

2008 The Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts opens and includes a 776- seat auditorium, the Johnny Holloway Blackbox Theatre, and supporting facilities. 

2009 Enrollment reaches 2075; Lake Highland is one of the largest independent schools in the nation.

2010 LHPS purchases 16 acres for athletic fields and facilities across Lake Highland. The property includes land previously leased for tennis courts, a softball field, and a wrestling facility.

2011 The main campus is named Charles E. Bradshaw Jr. Campus.

2011 The new baseball field is completed. 

2013 Meffe Family Field House Completed

2014 Weng Family Gymnasium Completed

2016 B. David Rowe, Ph.D., begins as president in July following a distinguished career as college president and administrator. 

Of course, this timeline does not portray the most important elements of Lake Highland’s history: the dedicated teachers and talented students who have made our school such a vibrant, interesting and successful place of learning. Lake Highland provides an atmosphere of love, concern and mutual respect where the intellect and character of its students is cultivated.

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