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Education in a Christ-Centered Community

Lutheran East cultivates a unique school environment that thrives at the intersection of high-quality academics, Christian faith, and community.

  • High Quality Academics: Under the guidance of dedicated, caring faculty and staff, students are challenged to reach and exceed their academic goals. Our relatively small school size and average class size enables the student-teacher interaction that we believe is crucial to student success.
  • Christian Faith: Every student is a unique individual created by God. At Lutheran East, they discover their talents, passions, and capabilities, enabling them to wisely choose their paths beyond high school.
  • Community: Lutheran East is an energetic community where students and their families feel a sense of belonging and connection. A dependable, supportive network is created through the authentic relationships formed amongst students, teachers, administrators, coaches, families, and alumni.
Ta-Rel Franklin, MBA

During my time at Lutheran East, I learned essential lifelong core values: integrity, accountability, respect, and perseverance. I developed friendships with peers, relationships with teachers and administrators, and above all, a sense of who I am in God’s eyes. Because of Lutheran East, I was accepted by several colleges and universities nationwide. I am currently a college administrator and coach, a career that I find rewarding and purpose-filled.”

Ta-Rel Franklin, MBA
Class of 2012

Lutheran East in Numbers




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Go for the Faith and the Community

Lutheran East is rooted in Christian values and community. That’s why our faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, and families consider Lutheran East a family. With caring Christian educators and an uplifting, supportive school atmosphere, everyone finds a place to call home at Lutheran East.

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Following the development of the Cleveland Lutheran High School Association (an organized effort by Lutheran churches across Northeast Ohio to form a high school rooted in the Lutheran tradition), Cleveland’s Lutheran High School was founded in 1948.

The original Lutheran High School opened in 1948 and was located downtown on Prospect Avenue. The school was home to the Lutheran High School Pioneers, and the first graduating class was the Class of 1952. 1948
In 1956, the Innerbelt Freeway was proposed, and the government exercised eminent domain on the downtown property of Lutheran High School. The Association determined that in place of one downtown school, it would instead construct two high schools, one on the East side and one on the West site. 1956
Ground was broken on the new site for Lutheran High School East. 1900
A sketch from the yearbook ‘The Pioneer’ depicting the plans for the new Lutheran High School East at 3565 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights. 1900
While the new Lutheran East building was under construction, Park Synagogue allowed East to hold its classes there. 1900
“The Falcon” Yearbook from 1959 1959
Lutheran High School East has been a fixture in the Cleveland Heights community for 60 years. 1900
The gym at Lutheran East was renovated in 2017. 2017
The main entrance to Lutheran High School East as it appears today. 2024
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A Strong Alumni Network

Our alumni are the backbone of Lutheran High School East: our past, present, and future. With over 3,000 alumni worldwide, the “Falcon Family” continues to thrive as a supportive and engaged community far beyond graduation.