Laconia High School (New Hampshire)


Laconia High School
Laconia High School.jpg
345 Union Ave.

United States
Coordinates43°32′05″N 71°27′42″W / 43.53472°N 71.46167°W / 43.53472; -71.46167Coordinates: 43°32′05″N 71°27′42″W / 43.53472°N 71.46167°W / 43.53472; -71.46167
TypePublic secondary
MottoPride, Leadership, Honor
Established1875 (1875)
SuperintendentBrendan Minnihan
PrincipalJim McCollum[1]
Faculty37.00 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment540 (2019-20)[2]
Student to teacher ratio14.59[2]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Red, White and Silver
Team nameLaconia Sachems

Laconia High School (LHS) is a public high school in Laconia, New Hampshire, United States, serving grades 9 through 12. Enrollment in the 2014-15 school year was 626 students.[3] The school's athletic teams are the Sachems.

The J. Oliva Huot Technical Center, named for Joseph Oliva Huot, is located on the campus.


Laconia High first opened in the fall of 1875 at its original campus on Academy Street, in the South End neighborhood of Laconia. In 1878, the first class graduated with nine students. In 1923, the school moved to its current campus on Union Avenue to accommodate the increased enrollment. In 1936, a separate practical arts wing was added to the Union Avenue campus. Later additions include the J. Oliva Huot Technical Center wing in 1976 and subsequent renovations in 1983. From 2012-2013 Laconia High School underwent a major renovation and expansion to include a new Technical Center wing and moving the football field farther behind the school.[4]


LHS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 26 credits. The 26 credits must include all of the following: English, 4 credits; math, 3; social studies, 3; science, 3; physical education/health, 2; technology, 1; fine arts, 1; and 9 credits of general electives. Due to schedule changes, members of the Class of 2010 must earn a minimum of 22 credits and members of the Class of 2011 must earn a minimum of 24 credits. A student receives one credit per one class per one semester. Students in grades 9-11 must take a full course load each semester, but seniors can reduce the course load as a senior privilege.

Grades are based on a scale of 0-100. The school ranks students based upon their weighted GPA. Classes are weighted with the following multipliers: AP, 5.0; Honors, 4.5; CCR (College and Career Ready), 4.0; Foundations, 4.0.[5]

Clubs, organizations, and activities

Laconia has over 20 clubs, organizations, and activities. These allow students to get involved in their school community. Some of the more prominent clubs include; Student Council, Key Club, Drama, Band, Color Guard, Math Team, FBLA, Junior Achievement, and Yearbook.

Clubs often hold many events and fundraisers throughout the year, including the following;

  • Key Club: Mr. LHS
  • Student Council: Homecoming, Talent Show, Winter Carnival, Semi Formal
  • Drama Club: performances in the fall, winter, and a spring musical


Sports were first introduced at Laconia in 1923 with the move to Union Avenue. With the 6-acre (24,000 m2) campus and the new building equipped with a gymnasium, the school was able to offer football, basketball, and baseball for men during the fall, winter, and spring months, respectively. Later in the 1920s, field hockey was the first sport to be offered to girls.

Currently, there are five varsity sports offered for men, six varsity sports offered for women, and eight coed varsity sports at LHS. As of the 2018-19 school year, Laconia is classified as a Division II program in the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association, however, in some sports, they petition down and compete in Division III due to low participation.[1] The following sports are offered:

Fall Winter Spring
Girls' Field Hockey, Varsity and Junior Varsity

Girls' Volleyball, Varsity and Junior Varsity

Girls' Soccer, Varsity and Junior Varsity

Boys' Soccer, Varsity and Junior Varsity

Boys' Football, Varsity and Junior Varsity
Coed Golf, Varsity
Coed Cross Country, Varsity

Coed Unified Soccer

Girls' Basketball, Varsity and Junior Varsity

Boys' Basketball, Varsity and Junior Varsity

Coed Unified Basketball
Coed Ice Hockey, Varsity
Coed Alpine Skiing, Varsity

Girls' Softball, Varsity and Junior Varsity

Girls' Lacrosse, Varsity and Junior Varsity\

Boys' Lacrosse, Varsity and Junior Varsity

Boys' Baseball, Varsity and Junior Varsity
Coed Track and Field, Varsity

Coed Unified Volleyball

Laconia has historically been strong at football, winning 10 championships and appearing in the finals 20 times in the last six decades. The Sachems Football team won the NH Division IV finals against Hanover in the fall of 2007, 35-14, to complete their undefeated 11-0 season and their first championship since 1999.[6] Since the fall of 2018, the team plays in division III of the NHIAA.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Staff Directory". Laconia High School. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Laconia High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  3. ^ "Laconia High School". National Center for Educational Statistics. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Huot Center/science labs/football stadium project complete at $16.8 M". laconia. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  5. ^ "LHS Parent and Student Handbook" (PDF). 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  6. ^ "State champs! Laconia handles Hanover for D-IV title". The Citizen of Laconia. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-08.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Former Justice Stephen S. Cushing Dies In St. Albans Hospital at 73". Burlington Free Press. Burlington, VT. September 24, 1957. p. 3 – via
  8. ^ Brown, Roger (November 25, 2018). "Roger Brown's State of Sports: NH's Estes was no average Bear". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Steve Stetson's Hamilton coach bio. Retrieved on 3 March 2010.

External links

  • Official website