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What differences do you see between Lawrence High and Free State?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 12, 2007

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LHS seems closer to the downtown area, campus and all the activities in Lawrence, and Free State seems more distant and suburban. But I think they’re both good schools.”

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“Free State is newer, but LHS has more history. I think they’ve both developed their own traditions at this point.”

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“I think that Free State has better facilities, but LHS has better teachers and programs overall.”

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“Free State has more space for classes, sports and activities. It’s not as crowded in the halls or the parking lots as LHS. Free State reminds me more of a campus because it’s more spread out.”


H_Lecter 10 years, 2 months ago

If you cut the students in half from either school you've got the same bloody mess. So, not much difference.

Cait McKnelly 10 years, 2 months ago

The biggest difference has to do with money. Lawrence built Free State to be the high school for the haves leaving LHS to be the school for the have nots. The ironic thing is that LHS probably has the better teaching staff and is the better school. Free State is a carbon copy of Shawnee Mission ****. LHS has a rich and diverse history because of its automatic association with the university. Dressing like a crazed art student or a dedicated goth won't get you a second look at LHS. It's all about diversity. Doing the same at Free State will get you banned from the popular kids lunch table. LHS kids shop at Hot Topic. Free State kids shop at Old Navy. I think I would rather go to LHS.

maxcrabb 10 years, 2 months ago

This is just the kind of thing people argued about when I was in highschool, but it wasn't whether one school was better than the other, but that the Lawrence Journal World would offer better sports coverage for one school over the other.

But Cait48, building free state for the have's and leaving LHS for the have nots?

Lets look at South Junior High/Broken Arrow and Southwest Junior High/Sunflower. Southwest seemed to be being built for the haves, while south was left with a very unsafe "bee-hive" design from the 60's. People were a little jealous.

Until now, where South is getting it's due, and being rebuilt to better standards.

My guess is LHS won't be able to stay an effective school in it's current design, and it won't be long until we see renovations or complete reconstruction like we did at South.

And as i've learned on these forums, don't forget to have a great day!

storm 10 years, 2 months ago

Both schools have diversity cause that's Lawrence but LHS mentors their students for college, and Free State does not. LHS sends their monthly newsletter before the month has began, and Free State sends theirs out after the month begins.

Veritas 10 years, 2 months ago

I was a crazed art student, and I went to Lawrence Free State.

What's that mean?

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