Wayzata High School

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Wayzata High School
"Trojan Head" Logo
Character and Scholarship for Life
Address
4955 Peony Lane
Plymouth, Minnesota, 55446
USA
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
Information
Type Public
Established 1857
School district Wayzata School District
Principal Mike Trewick
Enrollment ~3300[1] (2013-2014)
Athletics conference Lake Conference
Team name Trojans
Rivals Edina High School, Eden Prairie High School
Colors Royal Blue    Gold    
Website
Aerial view of Wayzata High School

Wayzata High School (/wˈzɛtə/ wy-ZET) is located in Plymouth, Minnesota, a western Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb. The high school, part of the Wayzata School District, has 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).[2] The school is part of the Lake Conference. Its current principal is Mike Trewick.

In 2012, Newsweek ranked the school at 355th on its List of the 1000 Top High Schools in America.[3]

History[edit]

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.[4]

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.[4] Central Middle School's campus was home to the high school from 1961 to 1997.[4] The current Wayzata High School campus was completed in 1997 and opened for classes in the 1997-98 school year.[4]

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.[5] The district had previously considered building a second high school, but decided against this due to high estimated operating costs.[5] 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.[5] Construction is expected to begin in the fall 2014 and be complete in the fall of 2016.[6][7]

Curriculum[edit]

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.[8] In the 2012-13 school year, 841 students took at least one AP test and 89% of tests received a passing score.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Several students from Wayzata have been selected as Minnesota's representatives for the United States Presidential Scholars Program program.[10][11][12]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

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

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
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 [13][14][15]

Other recognition[edit]

The Wayzata Girl's Cross Country team won the Nike NXN National Cross Country Championship in 2013.[16]

Clubs and activities[edit]

Wayzata High School has many student clubs and activities.[17]

Recognition[edit]

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.[18]

Wayzata's quiz bowl team won both the NAQT Minnesota State Championship and Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League in 2012 and 2013.[19]

The 9th grade Knowledge Master Open team won the national spring KMO in the 9th grade division in 2009.[20]

Notable people and alumni[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Athletes[edit]

Entertainment and music[edit]

Faculty[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guidance and Counseling / High School Profile". 
  2. ^ Wayzata High School Construction[dead link]
  3. ^ "America’s Best High Schools 2012". The complete list of the 1,000 top U.S. schools. Newsweek. 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "District Facts and History". Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c McGuire, Kim. "Wayzata voters OK $109 million in school improvements". Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Referendum". 
  7. ^ "Construction Update: Wayzata High School and Elementary School". 
  8. ^ "Wayzata High School -- Curriculum". 
  9. ^ "Test Results and Student Honors". Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ Jason Jenkins (May 20, 2014). "WHS senior, Wayzata resident named U.S. Presidential Scholars". SunSailor. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "National Merit Scholar Duligur Ibeling is Heading to Harvard". Lake Minnetonka Magazine. Tiger Oak Media. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Presidential Scholars 2011". presidentialscholar.net. 
  13. ^ "State Championships". 
  14. ^ "MNSHSL". Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Minus one shoe, Richfield's Ali runs to victory". StarTribune. 
  16. ^ NikeCrossNationals.com - Nike Cross Nationals Official Site - NXN - Results - 2013 NXN Results
  17. ^ "Clubs". 
  18. ^ Wayzata High School course selection (2014-15 ed.). 
  19. ^ "Wayzata High School Tournament Results". NAQT. 
  20. ^ "Announcements for Tuesday, December 11, 2012". 
  21. ^ Amy Klobuchar reference[dead link]
  22. ^ "Gaither, David C."
  23. ^ Ben Hamilton reference
  24. ^ Seattle Seahawks
  25. ^ James Laurinaitis reference
  26. ^ "Getting schooled by Lil' Lumpy"
  27. ^ Mario Lucia Bio - UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site
  28. ^ Benjamin Salisbury
  29. ^ Kirsten Gronfield - IMDb

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