Established in 1856, Louisville Male is the oldest public high school west of the Alleghenies. A growing 19th century river city needed a place to prepare its men for leadership, and so in 1861, Male was designated "The University of Public Schools in Louisville". Until 1921, Male granted bachelor's degrees.
Male became the first magnet/optional program in Jefferson County Public Schools in the 1970's when it was chosen as the Traditional High School. The district wished to create a structured learning environment which focused on learning fundamentals. A climate of high expectations and standards was created through the combined efforts of students, faculty, administration and parents.
The Jefferson Seminary was opened in Louisville in 1816. After several changes, in 1856, it split into the University of Louisville and High School. In 1892 Manual High School was also created. Male High School's major focus was on academics and Manual taught manual skills.
The rapidly growing 19th century river city of Louisville needed a place to prepare its men for leadership. So in 1861 Male was designated "The University of Public Schools of Louisville". Until 1923, Male granted bachelor's degrees. Originally open to males only, it is now co-educational and has long been considered one of the most prestigious schools in Louisville.
In 1893, the annual Male-Manual football rivalry, the longest running, continuously played, high school football series in the U.S., began. Their football team is a perennial state power, and in addition to its long-running rivalry with Manual, Male is also a close rival with St. Xavier High School, with the annual contest usually determining the fate of the district champion; however, due to the state's realignment of high school football into a six-class system starting in 2007-08, Male will be in a separate district from both Manual and St. X, albeit in the same class. Male also has a rivalry with Trinity High School in football.
Male is a school built on traditional values with its program a "philosophical" magnet called the Traditional Program. The school sends 96% of its students to post-secondary schools, and it was selected as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon award winner twice in the 1990s.
Also at this location, High School Park was established at the later Male Brook & Breckinridge school site. This was the first high school athletic facility in America. It has been in continuous use since 1901.Third site - 1915-1991 - Corner of Brook Street and Breckinridge Street Male continued to receive many awards of excellence during its tenure at the famed Brook and Breck location. The band and orchestra received state and national championship awards in 1927. The journalism and physics department have received national awards as well as a 1989 American High School of Excellence Award. The gymnasium completed the high school facilities in 1939 with its official title, "Pap Glenn Gymnasium" and the High School Park was renamed Maxwell Field. Notable principals at this location include J.B. Carpenter (1919-1931), W.S. Milburn (1931-1961), Dr. Irvin Rice (1977-1979), and R. Ted Boehm (1979-1992).Fourth site - 1991-current - 4409 Preston Highway
In August, 1991, Male moved to its current campus at 4409 Preston Highway, an educational facility that doubled the instructional, laboratory, library, and campus space. Since it has moved to this location, the school has won two U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon awards. The site was previously Sallie P. Durrett High School, which became the Durrett Education Center in the early 1980s and was used by Jefferson County Public Schools Library Media Services until 1991. The adjoining Gheens Academy, which opened in 1983, was previously Prestonia Elementary School. Notable principals include Joseph Burks Jr. and David Wilson (the current principal).
Head Coach: Zach Braman
Bernard Trager, Republic Bank & Trust Company, Louisville, Awarded Grover Sales Distinguished Alumni Award from Louisville Male High School
Jul 01, 2007; Republic Bank Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee Bernard Trager was awarded the 2007 Grover Sales Distinguished...