West Broward High School
|West Broward High School|
|Location||Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA|
|District||Broward County School District|
|Colors||█ █ █ Carolina Blue, Silver and Black|
The school was slated to open for its first day of classes on August 18, 2008, but the opening was delayed until August 20, 2008, because the first two days of school were postponed due to the effects of Tropical Storm Fay.
The school was constructed to relieve overcrowding at nearby schools such as Everglades High School and Cypress Bay High School. Daniel Traeger was named the school's first ever principal on November 15, 2007. The school's mascot are the Bobcats and the school colors are Carolina blue and silver. The school is notable for its ProStart Culinary Program, Veterinary Medicine career program, and daycare program for teachers assistants.
The school newspaper is called "The Lynx". In 2010, at FSPA, senior Matt Green received first place in competition; seniors Ashley Gleissner, Zohar Shlush- Reyna, Nicole Perez, and Matt Green received first in front page; and junior Natalie Fischer won an honorable mention for mixed company.
West Broward High feeds 100% from Silver Trail Middle, portions of Glades Middle, and portions of Falcon Cove Middle.
West Broward High has an award-winning Performance Ensemble which consists of wind players, percussion, and color guard. In November 2010, they performed at the Tropicana Dome in St. Petersburg, FL for their first competition on a state level and placed 3rd in class 5A in competition with over 80 other bands. Recently, in October 2011, they performed at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA in the Bands of America Super Regional Competition for the first time. They made finals, making them the 2nd band in the history of BOA to make finals for the first time, and they took 9th place. Color guard (flag spinning) ranked third in Nationals during the 2009-2010 "Winter Guard" season. 2012 Color Guard took first place over all in Tampa at the State Competition. The Performance Ensemble placed 2nd out of more than 50 performing groups in the state losing first place by less than one point.
The school is on a 7 period A/B schedule. Periods 1, 2, 3 and 4 make up "A" day (also known as Silver day), while "B" day (also known as Blue day) consists of periods 5, 6, 3, and 7. 3rd period is shorter thus making the time spent in all classrooms about even.
The school was the subject of much controversy prior to its construction. There were several problems with other sites that were selected for the school, and many considered its construction to be a boondoggle. Also, many nearby residents feared their homes would see increased traffic,noise and crime if a school was built in its current location. The residents of the neighboring Malibu Bay housing development petitioned to have a wall built between their development and the school. The school board refused which caused a great deal of conflict between the Broward County School Board and the City of Pembroke Pines. Lastly, there was further controversy with the name of the school. Many members of the community wanted to name the school something entirely different. However, school board policy prohibited this. This led to a series of testy emails exchanged between school board and city officials.
Career and Technical Programs (CTACE)
West Broward High School offers a number of various career and technical programs such as:
- Veterinary Assisting
- The Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship (IBE)
- Web Design Services
- Academy of Culinary Operations (ProStart) / Hospitality
- Early Childhood Education
- First Responder / Allied Health Assisting
- DECA (Association of Business Students)
- Pathways to Engineering
However, these are not magnet programs and are offered to all students of West Broward High School.
WBHS has excelled in girls soccer, swimming, golf, volleyball, cross country, tennis, and roller/ice hockey. The football team won its first varsity football game against Coral Glades High School in the fall of 2009; the second year of the school's existence.
The Track and Field Team had five Athletes reach the FHSAA 4A State Finals during the 2010 season
On February 3, 2012 The West Broward Girls Basketball Team Defeated Cypress Bay High School To Win Their First District Title.
The Bobcats Competitive Cheerleading Squad has won State Championship three years in a row. 2011, 2012, and 2013.
As of 2013-2014, the total student enrollment was 2,712. The ethnic makeup of the school was 33.0% White, 11.0% Black, 49.2% Hispanic, 4.1% Asian or Pacific Islander, 2.4% Multiracial, and 0.3% Native American or Native Alaskan.