LHS social studies department takes a new approach to teaching history


Madeleine Kemper

Trent Dlugosh, LHS social studies teacher, who will lead the new Social Studies class.

Madeleine Kemper, Staff Writer

Starting in the fall of 2020, a new class, Sports and Society, will be taught exclusively at LHS by social studies teacher Trent Dlugosh. 

This class has been in the making for the last five years, and it was finally approved by Superintendent Brian Maher. Sports and Society is set to cover the same time period as Modern U.S. History (1850 – 1980’s) and it is recommended that students should have already completed MUSH. Taking this course will count as a half credit social studies elective, as it will only be a semester long. It will cover a wide variety of topics, such as sports and their relation to civil and women’s rights, as well as an expression of patriotism. This class is not intended to replace Modern U.S. History, but rather serves as an enhancement to it. 

In an attempt to dispel the belief that only athletes or sports fans will enjoy this class, Dlugosh hopes to make it known that the intention of this class is not to study the history of a specific sport or examine statistics in an effort to identify the best players. Rather, sports will be used as another way to look at topics such as history, sociology, economics and civil rights.

“If you like American History and want to study it in a different way, or if you maybe struggled with American History, you might understand it a little better. It’s just using sports as a vehicle to talk about American History and society,” said Dlugosh. 

If you wish to register for this class, it will not be in the course catalog, so students will have to specifically request to take it at the counseling office. A full curriculum outline will also be available upon request, just stop by room e229 to ask for more information.