Highlands Latin Community Lecture 2017 – John Granger

“Truth & Beauty: Baptizing the Post-Modern Imagination”

Highlands Latin School welcomed Mr. John Granger as the guest lecturer to this fall’s Community Lecture Series. As an author of multiple books and a lecturer on topics in literature, theology, and philosophy, Mr. Granger is best known for his analysis of the Harry Potter series. He has even been referred to as the “Dean of Harry Potter Scholars.”

Mr. Granger’s full presentation is below for your viewing pleasure.

Why Study Latin? 20% of HLS Seniors Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation


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Highlands Latin School would like to congratulate four HLS Class of 2018 seniors being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their scores on the 2016 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Congratulations to Semifinalist Matthew Rouse and to Commended Students Katelyn Miller, Helen Mariah Murdoch, and Maggie Roy.

These four seniors join the ranks of many HLS alumni who have achieved the same honors, helping keep Highlands Latin at the top of Louisville academics.

Over the last 10 years, HLS has had the highest percentage of National Merit Scholars from Louisville schools. Congratulations again to these outstanding students.

Interested in learning how Highlands Latin’s culture of academic excellence and award-winning curriculum can shape your student? Join us for an informational Open House on Sunday, October 29th.

HLS Open House Sunday October 29
Spring Meadows Campus: 10901 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40243 – 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Crescent Hill Campus: 2800 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 – 3:00-4:30 p.m.

The National Merit Scholarship program is the most prestigious national academic award for high school seniors. Across the country, only 1% of college-bound seniors are recognized as semifinalists and less than 3% are recognized as commended students.

Early Accolades for Five HLS Seniors


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“Why study Latin?” is a question we often hear. We defend this question by explaining how Latin expands vocabulary, provides a deeper learning of grammar, and simply challenges and develops the mind. Our students embark on this challenging but rewarding journey in second grade.

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Matthew Rouse, Katelyn Miller, Maggie Roy, Helen Mariah Murdoch, Joseph Collum

Students enrolled in AP Latin, which focuses on two of the greatest works in Latin literature: Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic Wars, have the opportunity to take the AP Latin Exam in May. The test is scored on a 1-5 scale. This year, all five students who took the exam scored a 5! Nationally, only 12.9% of test-takers earned the top score compared with 100% at Highlands Latin.

“These students worked hard for the sake of learning Latin–not for the sake of good grades, college credit, or praise. And the result is that they earned good grades, college credit, and praise. I am proud of their accomplishments and the manner in which they earned them.” -Dr. Matt Dickie, AP Latin Teacher and Assistant Principal of Upper School.

By earning a passing score (3 or higher at most colleges) students can receive course credit and/or higher placement in their language studies.

Congratulations, students!


Drama Troupe’s production of Sherlock

In their second performance of the year, the HLS Drama Troupe took to the stage presenting Sherlock.

Sherlock includes mystery, romance, action, danger, and comedy. The colorful, entertaining characters take you on a journey down the streets of London in the late 1800s to discover how letters written by a dead woman may cause a world war.  The evil Moriarty wants those letters—but so does Holmes. The game’s afoot! Sherlock wants London to be a safe place, but that means he has to risk his own life to rid the streets of the evil work of Moriarty. The HLS Drama Troupe’s performance of this adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective story delighted all ages. The Troupe added their own special touch with a performance during the show by a live band made up of cast members who call themselves “The Sound of the Baskervilles.”

Highlands Latin 2017 Graduation

Another school year has come to an end, we congratulate the senior class of 2017. Our hope is that your time at Highlands Latin School has prepared you to leave this place and change the world.

Below are the highlights.

9 min 45 sec: Tanner Petrie’s riveting commencement speech

24 min: Mr. Wheatley’s individual address to the seniors

Governor’s School of the Arts selects Joseph Collum

Highlands Latin School would like to congratulate Joseph Collum for being selected for the Governor’s School of the Arts summer program. Joseph will be participating in their drama art form.

joseph_smallGSA is a great opportunity and I am very grateful for it. HLS has helped me develop a love and understanding of literature, and I approach theatre as visual literature and storytelling.  I also came to love Shakespeare at HLS, as we have read many of his plays. HLS
Drama Troupe productions have introduced me to many aspects of theatre, as well. I hope to improve as an actor and look forward to being a part of a community of artists at GSA.

Joseph is very active in Highland’s drama and music department. He is often soloing and playing his violin in the school choir performances and performing roles in the drama plays. He most recently played the pirate Samuel in Pirates of Penzance. As an active member of his church and community, Joseph played the role of Jesus in Sacred Heart’s Jesus Christ Superstar.

When asked about Joseph and this distinguished honor, HLS drama troupe director Teresa Boling had this to say: “Joseph is extremely talented. More importantly, he fully commits to his goals and offers nothing less than his very best effort. The GSA is a very competitive competition, and Joseph is so deserving of the recognition and opportunities it will provide. I am so honored to have the opportunity to work with him. He has been vital to the success of our start-up drama program. My only complaint is that I have to share him with other schools and commitments! Exceptional talent with a welcoming smile is always in great demand!” IMG_4824

Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Program allows rising juniors and seniors to spend three weeks living on campus at Centre College immersed in the arts as they study and develop their selected art form.  Throughout the program they also forge new friendships with other students from around the state, while working with college professors and coaches. GSA is completely paid for. Not only do accepted students attend the summer program for free, but they are also offered very generous scholarships at in-state colleges and universities.

Upper School Good Friday Service 2017

As many observe this very solemn day in history, the HLS Upper School choir performed “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” Led by Dr. Louie Bailey, the choir read biblical passages and meditations along with performing beautifully sung arrangements. To close the service, a bell chimed 33 times to signify the age of Jesus when he died.

The full service can be viewed below.

Highlands Latin Community Lecture 2017 – Dr. Michael Ward

“Planet Narnia: C.S. Lewis and the Seven Heavens”

Earlier this month, in a packed house with standing room only, the Highlands Latin and Louisville communities welcomed award-winning author and Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford Dr. Michael Ward.

Dr. Ward is a C.S. Lewis scholar who graciously accepted an invitation to come and present his engaging research on C.S. Lewis and the seven books in the Narnia series.

Dr. Ward’s full presentation is below for your viewing pleasure.