Eastern High School (Louisville)

Eastern High School (Louisville)

Infobox Secondary school
name = Eastern High school

motto =
established = 1950
type = Public Secondary Magnet
principal = James A. Sexton
students = ~2,000
grades = 9–12
city = Louisville
state = Kentucky
country = United States
district = Jefferson County Public Schools
campus = Suburban
colors = Blue and White
mascot = Eagle
newspaper = [http://www.jefferson.k12.ky.us/Schools/High/Eastern/Pages/Activities/newspaper/index.htm The Eastern Eagle]
literary magazine = The Eagle's Quill
free_label_1 = Students per Teacher
free_1 = 20:1
website = [http://www.jefferson.k12.ky.us/Schools/High/Eastern/default.htm Eastern High School]
rivals = Ballard High School
Founded in 1950, Louisville Eastern High School is located off Shelbyville Road in Middletown, Kentucky. With an enrollment of over 2,100 students, this school has been the pilot for education partnerships with companies such as IBM, Dell and Microsoft.


Eastern has been repeatedly ranked in the top 1,300 high schools in the United States by "Newsweek". [http://www.newsweek.com/id/39380/?s=Louisville]


Eastern offers varsity and Jr. varsity teams in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, chess, cross country, dance, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, rifle, softball, soccer, swimming, track and field, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. Within the past decade Eastern has won state championships in girls' track as well as boys' basketball and soccer. The James A. Sexton athletic complex, which includes a football, baseball, softball, soccer, and field hockey field, as well as tennis courts, is regarded as the best in the city of Louisville.

The boys basketball team was the state runner up in 1957, losing the championship game to Lexington Lafayette 55-52. In 1997 Eastern's boys basketball team won the state championship and finished the season with a 35-2 record. In 2003 and in 2006 the boys basketball team won the LIT (Louisville Invitational Tournament).

The girls track team has won 9 state championships (most recently in 2006) and has been the state runner up 6 times. The boys track team won the state championship in 1990 and has been the state runner up 5 times.

The boys soccer team won the state championship in 1996.

Eastern has won several state tennis championships and won the 1955 state golf championship.

Eastern has won the state chess titles three times, the last coming in 1989.

Eastern's wrestling team has been the state runner up twice, in 1979 and 1993.

Eastern's fight song lyrics:(to the tune of the University of Kentucky fight song, "On, On, U of K")

"On, on Eastern High,
For you its do or die!
Hold that ball and hit that line,
Every Eagle star will shine!
We'll fight, fight, fight
For the blue and white
As we roll to that goal varsity!
We will kick, pass and run
'Til the battle is won
And we bring home the victory!"


The Eastern Eagles football team represents Eastern High School in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. They play their home games at Eagle Field in Middletown, Kentucky. Ken Whalen is the current head coach of the Eagles.

Famous alumni

*Ned Beatty, Class of 1955, actor
*Stan Curtis, Class of 1967, founder of the Kentucky Harvest charity
*Quentin Dastugue, Class of 1973, elected to the Louisiana legislature at age 23, serving for 16 years; Republican nominee for Governor of Louisiana in 1995
*Hugh Durham, Class of 1955, former head basketball coach at the University of Georgia
*Tom Easterly, Class of 1958, member of the Kentucky Senate 1974-1982, Florida House of Representatives 1988-1990, and Democratic nominee, Kentucky's 6th congressional district in 1978
*Ashley Eicher, Miss Tennessee 2004
*Carroll Hubbard, Class of 1955, former member of the United States House of Representatives
*Mike McCoy, Class of 1970, a football player for the Houston Oilers
*Rajon Rondo, Class of 2004, basketball player for the University of Kentucky and Boston Celtics; first round NBA draft pick, 2006
*Felton Spencer, Class of 1986, former NBA basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs; 6th overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft
*William S. Wallace, Class of 1965, a four-star general in the United States Army who commanded all U.S. forces during the 2003 invasion of Iraq
*Todd Wellemeyer, major league baseball player
*Jerrod Hayden, Class of 1997, All American in football (1997), attended the University of Tennessee on a football scholarship


The school opened in 1950 on its present site in Middletown, Kentucky. The library was later added to the front of the school, giving the building a layout in the shape of the letter "E". The school has been part of the Jefferson County school system since before the county system aborted the old Louisville city school system. The school was co-ed from its start and was integrated long before busing was ordered in Jefferson County.

Court-ordered busing began in Louisville and Jefferson County schools in 1975. As the 1975 school year began, 900 National Guard troops were sent to Jefferson County schools by Governor of Kentucky Julian Carroll at the request of Louisville mayor Harvey I. Sloane and Jefferson County judge-executive Todd Hollenbach. Several anti-busing riots occurred elsewhere in Jefferson County. Eastern saw some protests against busing but was relatively tranquil because the school was already desegregated.


In March 2007 Eastern's principal, James Sexton, ordered that Advanced Placement English classes at the school stop using the Toni Morrison novel "Beloved", and instead read "The Scarlet Letter" or the "Heart of Darkness". Students, parents and others in the community were angered by the unilateral decision. [ [http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070328/NEWS01/703281201 The article requested can not be found! Please refresh your browser or go back. (B2,20070328,NEWS01,703281201,AR) ] ] [ [http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070328/COLUMNISTS08/703281102 The article requested can not be found! Please refresh your browser or go back. (B2,20070328,COLUMNISTS08,703281102,AR) ] ] On March 28 WHAS 11 News has a short blurb about the controversy.

The Epilepsy Foundation claims that James Sexton, in addition to several teachers at the school, was responsible for discrimination against a young girl with epilepsy in 2005.cite web|url=http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/local/kentuckiana/upload/efky1Q07-newsletter.pdf| title=The Illuminator (Newsletter) |accessdate=2008-09-20 |publisher=Epilepsy Foundation |date=2007-01]


External links

* [http://www.easternhs.org/ Eastern High School website]

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