Wayzata High School
|Wayzata High School|
|4955 Peony Lane
Plymouth, Minnesota, 55446
|School type||Public high school|
|Motto||Character and Scholarship for Life|
|School district||Wayzata School District|
|NCES District ID||2742160|
|NCES School ID||274216001765|
|Student to teacher ratio||18:1|
|Campus size||265,000 square feet (24,600 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Lake Conference|
|Rivals||Edina High School
Eden Prairie High School
Minnetonka High School
|National ranking||#187 (Newsweek)|
|Average ACT scores (2013)||26|
|Feeder schools||East Middle School
West Middle School
Central Middle School
Wayzata High School (WHS) (// wy-ZET-ə) 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). The school is part of the Lake Conference. The current principal is Mike Trewick.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Curriculum
- 5 Extracurricular activities
- 6 Notable people
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
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. Central Middle School's campus was home to the high school from 1961 to 1997. The current Wayzata High School campus was completed in August 1997 and opened for classes in the 1997-98 school year.
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. The district had previously considered building a second high school, but decided against this due to high estimated operating costs. 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. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2014 and be complete in the fall of 2016.
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.
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.
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. In the 2012-13 school year, 841 students took at least one AP test and 89% of tests received a passing score.
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. The program involves completing a whole year of math in a single semester.
Awards and recognition
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
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Football||3||2005, 2008, 2010|
|Soccer, Boys||2||1985, 2005|
|Cross Country, Boys||7||1992, 1993, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013|
|Cross Country, Girls||2||2012, 2013|
|Soccer, Girls||7||1991, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2011, 2012|
|Wrestling||4||1941, 1951, 1952, 1953|
|Dance Team||6||1993, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012|
|Skiing, Nordic Girls||3||1980, 2013, 2014|
|Spring||Golf, Boys||5||1994, 1998, 2009, 2010, 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|
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, which is named for the fact that both the cities of Wayzata and Minnetonka are located on Lake Minnetonka.
Clubs and activities
Wayzata High School has many student clubs and activities.
The 9th grade Knowledge Master Open team won the national spring KMO in the 9th grade division in 2009.
- David Gaither (1975) - former Minnesota State Senator
- Amy Klobuchar (1978) - U.S. Senator (DFL) representing Minnesota
- Betsy Hodges (1987) - current Mayor of Minneapolis
- Steve Wright, (1977), former NFL Lineman
- Mike Muller (1991), professional hockey
- Dick Beardsley (1974), marathon runner
- Tim Herron (1988), professional golfer
- Ben Hamilton (1996) in 2001, NFL offensive lineman
- Marion Barber III (2001), retired NFL running back.
- Shawn Daivari (2002), professional wrestler
- Andrew Peterson (2003), professional soccer
- Dominique Barber (2004), NFL safety
- François-Henri Désérable (2005), French author and professional ice hockey player
- James Laurinaitis (2005), NFL Linebacker
- Mario Lucia (2012, transferred out), Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey player and Minnesota Wild draftee
Entertainment and music
- Charles Nolte (1941), Broadway and film actor
- Kimberly Elise, (1985), actress
- David Bromstad (1992), interior designer and HGTV television show host
- Kirsten Gronfield (1996), actress
- Benjamin Salisbury (1998), former child actor
- Terry Steinbach - MLB catcher, former head baseball coach
- Tony Pesznecker - professional soccer player, girl's head soccer coach
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- "Facilities/Elm Creek Playfields". Retrieved January 28, 2015.
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