A History of Lutheran High School West
Cleveland's first Lutheran high school, located downtown near Cleveland State University, was founded in 1948. Due to emminent domain, the school was one of many buildings torn down in the summer of 1958 to make way for construction of the I-90 Innerbelt. The Lutheran community, and the newly-formed Cleveland Lutheran High School Association (CLHSA), subsequently made the decision to build two Lutheran high schools, one in Rocky River (which became Lutheran High School West) and one in Cleveland Heights (which become Lutheran High School East). Lutheran High School West opened its doors to its first class of students on October 27, 1958. Since then, thousands of young people have walked the halls of the school building on Linden Road. Despite a stretch of years in the 1970s when the school was struggling to maintain enrollment and manage operating costs, the CLHSA and Lutheran community in Northeast Ohio has ensured that Lutheran West has been able to remain an exceptional educational option on Cleveland's west side. Lutheran West students and their families are blessed with the opportunity to receive a Christ-centered secondary education. The 60-year history of Lutheran West has been filled with academic, athletic, and fine arts achievements, but the strongest source of pride for our community has been the ability to cultivate a strong Christian foundation in the lives of so many young people.
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