Lindbergh High School
Lindbergh High School is located at 4900 South Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis County. Each year it graduates over 400 students, making it one of the largest high schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The school district encompasses Crestwood, Sunset Hills, Concord, and part of Fenton, Webster Groves, Kirkwood, Affton, and other surrounding cities.
Lindbergh School District (LSD) was founded in 1949 but the first schools appeared in the district as far back as 1939. The high school, which began construction in 1951, was originally named Grandview. Its mascot was the griffin and the school colors were maroon and gold. Four years later, it became Lindbergh High School, named after Charles Lindbergh, the world-acclaimed pilot. Its students became the Flyers and the school colors became green and gold. The mascot later became Lindbird, sporting a chickenlike or eagle costume. In 1957 the district adopted the name the Lindbergh School District. Several new school buildings were created over the following years, several of which later closed as a result of a declining student population. Lindbergh High School became the largest high school in the state of Missouri during the 1970's, boasting over 4,200 students.
Today, it remains one of the top educational institutions in the state, providing diploma programs in both Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate(IB). In fact, it is one of the few high schools in the state to offer the IB Diploma Programme. Newsweek has twice ranked Lindbergh as one of the top high schools in the nation.
Allegations of Racism
The district has recently decided to end the voluntary transfer program, citing lack of space. This program brings poor, mostly black students from the failing inner city schools to the wealthy schools in the county. Sitting in a predominately white areas of St. Louis County, the decision to end this program will drastically decrease the diversity of the district's schools and take a large step away from desegregation of the metropolitan area schools.
Lindbergh's student television station, KLHS-TV, was nominated for the National Scholastic Press Association Broadcast Pacemaker in 2005. The Lindbergh Spirit Yearbook received an Interactive Yearbook Pacemaker in 2000. JET (98) News is the current student news program at Lindbergh High School. JET stands for "Journalism Entertainment Television". The student station is called KLHS-TV and began in 2002.