Wayzata High School

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Wayzata High School
Trojan Head.jpg
4955 Peony Lane
Plymouth, Minnesota, 55446
United States
Coordinates 45°2′44″N 93°30′35″W / 45.04556°N 93.50972°W / 45.04556; -93.50972Coordinates: 45°2′44″N 93°30′35″W / 45.04556°N 93.50972°W / 45.04556; -93.50972
School type Public high school
Motto Character and Scholarship for Life
Established 1857
School district Wayzata School District
NCES District ID 2742160
NCES School ID 274216001765
Principal Mike Trewick
Teaching staff 178.38
Grades 9-12
Enrollment ~3300 (2013-2014)
Student to teacher ratio 18:1
Campus size 265,000 square feet (24,600 m2)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics conference Lake Conference
Nickname Trojans
Rivals Edina High School
Eden Prairie High School
Minnetonka High School
USNWR ranking
  1. 653
National ranking
  • 187 (Newsweek)
Average ACT scores (2013) 26
Newspaper Trojan Tribune
Yearbook Wayacko
Feeder schools East Middle School
West Middle School
Central Middle School
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Wayzata High School (WHS) (/wˈzɛtə/ wy-ZET) is a public high school located in Plymouth, Minnesota, a western Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb. The school is part of the Wayzata School District and enrolls approximately 3400 students in grades 9 to 12 (2012), making it the largest secondary school by enrollment in Minnesota. It is also the largest Minnesota secondary school by structural size, with an interior of 487,000 square feet (45,200 m2).[4] The school is part of the Lake Conference. The current principal is Mike Trewick.

In 2012, Newsweek ranked the school at 355th on its list of the 1000 top public high schools in America.[5]


The first school in the Wayzata area was established around 1855. Classes were taught in homes until a one-room school was built near what is now the second green of the Wayzata Country Club. This school burned down for unknown reasons and a new school was constructed on what is now the main street of Wayzata.[6]

Wayzata Senior High School building from 1951–1961, currently West Middle School

What is now the West and Central middle schools have both once been the high school building. The West Middle School building served as the high school from 1951 to 1961.[6] Central Middle School's campus was home to the high school from 1961 to 1997.[6] The current Wayzata High School campus was completed in August 1997 and opened for classes in the 1997-98 school year.[6]

On February 25, 2014, voters approved referendums for a $109 million bond request to expand the high school and improve security and a technology levy.[7] The district had previously considered building a second high school, but decided against this due to high estimated operating costs.[7] Part of the provisions include the purchasing of adjacent land currently belonging to the Elm Creek Golf Course and the building of a new wing. When the project is complete, the building will be able to house 3,900 students.[7] Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2014 and be complete in the fall of 2016.[8][9]


Wayzata High School was designed by ATS&R Planners/Architects/Engineers. It sits on 265,000 square feet (24,600 m2) of land. Athletic facilities include a weight room, a gym with an extension, eight tennis courts, a freshman field, a freshman baseball field, and a stadium. Adjacent to the property is Elm Creek Playfields, which includes four baseball fields and a playground.[10]

Aerial view of Wayzata High School campus


As of the 2010-11 school year, out of the 3181 students 20% were minorities. The school was 9% Asian, 7% Black, 0.03% Hawai'ian native/Pacific Islander, 3% Hispanic, 80% White, and .5% two or more races. 51% of students were male and 49% female. 12% were eligible for the Free Lunch Program, 4% for Reduced-Price Lunch, and 16% were considered Economically Disadvantaged.[11]


As of the 2012-2013 school year, Wayzata High School offers 26 Advanced Placement (AP) classes and an Advanced Placement Pilot course in AP Accounting.[12] In the 2012-13 school year, 841 students took at least one AP test and 89% of tests received a passing score.[13]

The WHS Mathematics Department was the subject of a NWEA case study about improving low performing students. The report praised the school's unique approach to improving math performance for low performing 9th grade students.[14] The program involves completing a whole year of math in a single semester.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Three students from Wayzata have been selected as Minnesota's representatives for the United States Presidential Scholars Program program.[15][16][17]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Wayzata is part of the Lake Conference of the Minnesota State High School League. It was part of the Classic Lake Conference before the 2010-2011 athletic year realignment. WHS currently sponsors 30 varsity sports teams.

List of state championships won[edit]

Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 3 2005, 2008, 2010
Soccer, Boys 2 1985, 2005
Cross Country, Boys 8 1992, 1993, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
Cross Country, Girls 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Swimming, Girls 1 2013
Soccer, Girls 7 1991, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2011, 2012
Winter Basketball, Boys 1 1959
Wrestling 4 1941, 1951, 1952, 1953
Dance Team 6 1993, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Skiing, Nordic Girls 3 1980, 2013, 2014
Swimming, Boys 1 2014
Spring Golf, Boys 5 1994, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011
Golf, Girls 1 2011
Synchronized Swimming 7 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Tennis, Boys 3 1993, 1999, 2013
Track and Field, Boys 5 1977, 1980, 1984, 1995, 2012
Track and Field, Girls 1 2007
Adapted Bowling 4 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Total 62 [18][19][20][21]


Wayzata's football team has won three state championships (2005, 2008, 2010) and usually competing in the highest post-season size classification. The team is currently coached by Brad Anderson, who is in his 17th year with the school. Wayzata competes in an annual regular season game with conference rival Minnetonka High School for the Bay Bell trophy,[22] which is named for the fact that both the cities of Wayzata and Minnetonka are located on Lake Minnetonka.

Other recognition[edit]

The Wayzata Girl's Cross Country team won the Nike NXN National Cross Country Championship in 2013.[23]

Clubs and activities[edit]

Wayzata High School has many student clubs and activities.[24]

Wayzata's debate team competes in policy debate tournaments across the state and country. It is open only to individuals who enroll in a corresponding debate class.[25]

Wayzata's quiz bowl team won both the NAQT Minnesota State Championship and Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League in 2012 and 2013.[26]

The 9th grade Knowledge Master Open team won the national spring KMO in the 9th grade division in 2009.[27]

Notable people[edit]



Entertainment and music[edit]



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  2. ^ "Yearbook". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
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  8. ^ "Referendum". 
  9. ^ "Construction Update: Wayzata High School and Elementary School". 
  10. ^ "Facilities/Elm Creek Playfields". Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
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  12. ^ "Wayzata High School -- Curriculum". 
  13. ^ "Test Results and Student Honors". Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ staff. "Case Study Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)" (pdf). www.nwea.org. Northwest Evaluation Association. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
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  16. ^ "National Merit Scholar Duligur Ibeling is Heading to Harvard". Lake Minnetonka Magazine. Tiger Oak Media. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Presidential Scholars 2011". presidentialscholar.net. 
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  19. ^ "MNSHSL". Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Minus one shoe, Richfield's Ali runs to victory". StarTribune. 
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  22. ^ "Sun Sailor - Trojans recapture Bay Bell at Tonka". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  23. ^ NikeCrossNationals.com - Nike Cross Nationals Official Site - NXN - Results - 2013 NXN Results
  24. ^ "Clubs". 
  25. ^ Wayzata High School course selection (2014-15 ed.). 
  26. ^ "Wayzata High School Tournament Results". NAQT. 
  27. ^ "Announcements for Tuesday, December 11, 2012". 
  28. ^ "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present - Legislator Record - Gaither, David C.". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  29. ^ U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. "U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  30. ^ "Getting schooled by Lil' Lumpy". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  31. ^ http://whsfootball.wayzata.k12.mn.us/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=99999999[dead link]
  32. ^ "Mario Lucia Bio - UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  33. ^ "Kirsten Gronfield". IMDb. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  34. ^ "Benjamin Salisbury". IMDb. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 

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