Viewmont High School
|Viewmont High School|
A Tradition of Excellence
|120 West 1000 North
|Color(s)||Cardinal and Gold|
Viewmont High School is a public high school located in Bountiful, Utah. The school is a member of the Davis School District. The principal, as of 2011, is Dan Linford. In 2011, VHS was identified by Newsweek Magazine and the Washington Post as being in the top 5% of all public high schools in the United States. Viewmont students average 23.44 on the ACT. In addition, Viewmont graduates 97% of its seniors with over 40% earning college credit through Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment classes. In 2010-11, the top 20% of graduates generated approximately $4 million in scholarship offers. Viewmont also offers a full range of artistic, athletic, and career and technical programs.
Viewmont High School offers many sports, such as Football, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Golf, Tennis, Swimming and American Football. Viewmont has won the state title in wrestling 7 out of the last 10 years including 2010.
Viewmont High shares a strong and emotional rivalry with Davis High School. For 2011-12 Viewmont has moved to Region 2, which includes Taylorsville, Hunter, Kearns, Granger, and West High Schools.
Viewmont has a wide variety of clubs, including:
The Viewmont Bookstore is a student run store open every day at lunch. They sell a variety of food items, such as Frazil frozen drinks, Tacotime Burritos, Chick-fil-a, Little Caesars Pizza, and Joy Luck. They also sell a variety of Viewmont apparel.
The Danegeld, the Viewmont school newspaper, is written and published by students several times a year. The newspaper has been in print since 1964, and, in 1968, its name was changed from The Big V to the Danegeld. The Danegeld staff has also created an online blog that allows students to openly discuss articles.
Every year Viewmont holds a fundraiser to support kids in Salt Lake City that attend Guadalupe Elementary School. The monetary amount differs from year to year but has consistently reached upwards of $25,000 in the past 4–5 years. The money is used to buy Christmas presents that the children would otherwise not obtain. Other local charities are also given part of the students' fundraising efforts. Students who wish to attend the trip to Guadalupe must participate in fund-raising activities and help shop for the children's wish-lists. Male students are encouraged to abstain from shaving until the goal for the school is reached, and once the goal is reached the male students are encouraged to shave their heads.
VHS Marching Band
Every year the VHS Marching Band marches at the Centerville Fourth of July Parade, The Farmington Days Parade, and the Bountiful Handcart Days Parade. After dropping the Marching Band for a time, it is now back and in its fourth year. In class 3A, it received many awards last year, including First Place, Second Place, Best Musical Performance, Best Drumline, Best Visual Performance, and Best Colorguard.
Pathways, advisory and SRC
For the 2007-2008 school year, each student at Viewmont was placed into one of five pathways: Arts, Business, Humanities, Science, or Technology. The pathways "allow students to develop their interests and specialize as much as they would like". Students go to an advisory class twice a month based on their grade and pathway. SRC (Study Hall-Remediation-Collaboration) is a mandatory study hall for students that failed one or more classes the previous term. SRC is also mandatory for all sophomores during the first term of each school year. It is held during the first part of lunch every school day except Fridays. In addition, Viewmont has "Link Crew", a new sophomore transition program, which matches up incoming students with a group of upperclassmen to help connect and educate and facilitate inclusion for all new students.