Founded in 1895, Lick-Wilmerding High School stands apart as a profoundly unique educational institution. On our website you will learn more about the dynamic and challenging academic program, the way we weave innovation into the curriculum through the study of the technical arts, the opportunities students have to explore their emotional and physical selves through visual arts, performing arts and athletics, and how we ask students to engage with the world in order to enact positive change.
What may be a bit less visible are the relationships embedded in the fabric of the school that supports these many endeavors of our students. At LWHS, students forge lifelong friendships with their peers, with faculty, with the subjects they study, and with those individuals who need their talents and compassion in order to realize their full potential. These relationships are born out of a passion shared by all members of the LWHS community to be fully engaged with each other and with all that our world has to offer.
The school mission affirms our commitment to developing the head, heart, and hands of our students, “inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.” This attention to the whole person ensures that a LWHS graduate is an accomplished scholar, a creative thinker, and an agent for creating a better world.
The campus is a purposeful extension of the school mission. The McCullough Library overlooks the campus as a symbolic representation of the importance of scholarship in our lives, and the way we can work together to tackle the intellectual challenges we face. The Ann Maisel Café hums with student voices (and good food), thereby giving presence to the importance of a student centered approach to education. The technical shops are a hub for creativity and a vital reminder that we learn through using our hands to call into being something that did not exist before we imagined it, designed it, and then finally created it. The theater, science labs, classrooms, design studios, indeed, the entire school, reverberates with an energy connoting intellectual inquiry, joy in learning, friendships in the making, and ultimately the magic that occurs when our relationships focus on helping each other learn, grow, and become whole.