LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL'S wooded 32-acre campus is located in the North Shore community of Brookville. Under the leadership of the Rev. Ed Stammel (Trinity Lutheran Church, Hicksville) and a group of dedicated pastors, 17 Lutheran congregations united in the late 1950's to found a Lutheran high school to serve the Long Island community. The newly formed Lutheran High School Association of Nassau and Suffolk Counties purchased the former Deering Howe Estate built in the 1920's as the site for the school.
Long Island Lutheran Junior/Senior High School (LuHi) officially opened its doors in 1960. From its beginning, the school developed a student body rich in ethnic, religious, economic, and social diversity, a tradition that continues today. It grew into a strong college-preparatory school, always forward-thinking in its educational philosophy. Its core mission endures, providing a middle and high school experience where God’s young people can achieve, believe and belong – becoming thoughtful, learned leaders, developing a personal faith life, and belonging to an extended family - the LuHi Family.
In the mid-1980’s, Long Island Lutheran received its first accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It continues this accreditation today. Additionally, the school has received a number of awards over the years, including the School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education.
Continued development of the campus has enriched the learning environment from its North Shore estate beginnings. A number of classroom wings, two large gymnasiums, a chapel/performing arts center, expanded student common areas including a dining hall and ministry center, renovated Library and media services, a performing arts wing, a dedicated fitness center, and upgraded outdoor athletic fields have added spacious learning environments to the original campus.
In the mid-1990s, changing national educational philosophy led administration to add 6th grade and a full middle school experience to our educational programs, officially becoming Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School. Most recently, in 2010, the association added Long Island Lutheran Day School (formerly St. Paul’s Lutheran School) in East Northport to its school family. This addition now extends the association’s ministry to include educational offerings for two-year olds through high school seniors on two campuses.
With joy and thanksgiving, Long Island Lutheran celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2010. Remembering its rich history allowed our school community to acknowledge the thousands of people who contributed to the outstanding supportive community we have built since 1960. It highlighted an unchanged mission which guides every decision made at the school. And, it launched visionary planning for the immediate and long-term success of the school. Board, administration, staff, students and families are excited and supportive of Long Island Lutheran’s bright future.