Lakeview Centennial High School opened its doors to more than 1,100 students in August 1976. The two-story structure, a comprehensive high school including college preparatory courses as well as industrial-vocational education, was designed through the combined efforts of students, teachers and administrative personnel assisting the architectural firm of Wright-Rick and Associates. Special features include a planetarium for use by all students in the Garland Independent School District.
Lakeview Centennial High School is now a College and Career Magnet which began in 2001-2002 to students in grades 9-12. Students may apply for one or more of the unique programs - Dual Enrollment, Law and Criminal Justice, and Television Production and Broadcasting, and a Classical Center approach in advanced Latin, piano, and dance.
The school's name derives from two sources: "Lakeview" from its location near Lake Ray Hubbard and "Centennial" as it opened during the American bicentennial year of 1976. The American Revolution theme carries over to the school mascot Patriot Pete and the drill team name, the Yankee Doodle Sweethearts.
The 2009-2010 boys' basketball team reached the state tournament, the first Garland ISD high school team to do so, and finished as runner-up. They repeated as runner-up in 2010-2011.
The College and Career Magnet program at Lakeview Centennial High School is designed to prepare motivated students for entrance into college and for advancement in their chosen careers. Students participate in academic and real-world endeavors, allowing them to grow in knowledge and critical thinking skills.
Students may apply for one or more of the unique programs – Law and Criminal Justice, and Television Production and Broadcasting, and a Classical Center approach in advanced Latin, piano, and dance. Each program offers a specialized curriculum with qualified instructors. Each program provides students a variety of experiences beginning with the 9th grade.
The LCHS College and Career Magnet Collegiate Academy works in conjunction with the Dallas Community College District to provide qualified applicants a unique academic experience. The program is designed to satisfy credit requirements for high school graduation while the student also earns an Associate of Science degree (63 hours) from DCCD. Through this opportunity only offered at Lakeview Centennial High School, the Academy features a college curriculum in the structure of the high school environment, which allows students to continue to participate in extracurricular activities while they achieve dual diplomas.
This program provides an avenue for students to become involved in the community, gain direct experience in their field of interest, and develop a greater sense of the legal system (both criminal and civil).
The Pre-Law Strand is for students who are interested in careers as lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries, court reporters, bailiffs, court clerks and coordinators or other positions associated with a court. The course of study for the pre-law strand is:Crime in America / Technical Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Law
Courts and Criminal Procedure
AP Government (focused on law)
Law Internship (the opportunity to work for a local law firm)
The Protective Services Strand is for students who are interested in careers in law enforcement (federal, state or local level), special services (such as the CIA), forensics (medical examiner, crime scene investigators) and corrections (correctional officer, probation officer, prison or jail warden).
The Television Production Magnet is housed in the same facility as GRS-TV, and is designed to be a hands-on working laboratory.
This elective course provides college-bound students the additional training in writing, study skills, note-taking, and critical analysis. AVID students are required to be enrolled in at least one Pre-AP, AP, or Dual Enrollment course. College visits, tutors, and assistance are also a part of the program.
Allows students to study original passages from Roman authors and prepare for AP in Latin. Students may elect to take the Virgil or Catullus Horace Exam or both for 6–18 hours of college credit.
Students may participate in beginning to intermediate ballet and jazz. Advanced dance includes modern dance and tap dance, and finally performance dance, which requires an audition. Emphasis is placed on choreography, production, performance, and dance related careers.
Students are instructed in both group and individual settings. Piano technique and theory is available from the beginner level to advanced. No previous experience is required.
Students participate in competitive meets on either the Varsity or JV teams. Students meet off campus and transportation is provided. Gymnastics is offered from the beginner to advanced levels.
Dual credit may be viewed as a form of concurrent enrollment. It provides the opportunity for high school students to take college courses that count toward high school graduation requirements. These courses may be taken at the high school or on a college campus during regular school hours. Classes are taught by a high school teacher with appropriate credentials or by a college faculty member. Successful completion of the college level course can earn a student high school credit as well as college credit.
Lakeview Centennial High School holds several different sports organizations. The most notable of the groups are the football team, the basketball team, and the Marching Band. The basketball team has been to several state competitions throughout its history, and the Marching Band has become one of the most well known in the area in past years. Lakeview also hosts baseball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, golf, gymnastics, Liberty Dolls/Sweethearts (also known as drill team), soccer, softball, step team, tennis, track, and volleyball.
Lakeview was in UIL Class 5A for the 2013-2014 school year, and was scheduled to be reclassified in the newly created UIL Class 6A as of the 2014-2015 school year. Lakeview will participate in Region 2, District 11 of Conference 6A.BaShara Chandler, Miss Texas 1993 and Miss America contestant
Derrick Dockery, NFL football player
Samuel Eguavoen, football player
Bruce Feagin, Chief of Police, Emory, Texas
Alisha Harris, romance author, pen name Alisha Paige
Scott Kirby, President of American Airlines
James Lankford, United States Senator (R-OK)
James McClinton, football player, Kansas Jayhawks defensive tackle
Keith Mitchell, former NFL player
Kevin Neal, Founder of the North Texas Power Stroke Association
Dean Sams, member of country music band Lonestar
Stacy Sanches, Playboy Playmate of the Year 1996
Demetrius Sumner, Southern University - Baton Rouge SGA President, Member of the Louisiana Board of Regents
Valerian Ume-Ezeoke, NFL player
Chris Warren, Euroleague basketball player