West Forsyth High School (North Carolina)

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West Forsyth High School
West Forsyth High School.jpg
Address
1735 Lewisville-Clemmons Road
Clemmons, North Carolina 27012
Information
School type Public
Founded 1964
School board Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Principal Charles McAninch
Vice principal Mrs. Rhonda Powell, Mr. Mike White, Ms. Susan Hunt
Grades 9–12
Enrollment aprox. 2200 (2014-2015 Year)
Language English (with a Spanish ESL program)
Color(s) Green and gold
Mascot Titan
Nickname West Fo'
Team name Titans
Newspaper Zephyr
Yearbook Cronus
Website

West Forsyth Senior High School is a high school in north central North Carolina, United States. It is the largest and often referred to as the most acclaimed school in Forsyth County.

General[edit]

West Forsyth is located in Clemmons, a small suburb of Winston-Salem. Located between Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 421, the area is rapidly growing, which is directly evidenced by the school's size. Until the construction of Reagan High School, the school serviced both Clemmons and Lewisville as well as parts of Winston-Salem.

West Forsyth consistently scores well on standardized tests, often leading the county in SAT scores.[1] In 2007, West Forsyth was ranked 356th in the Newsweek Top 1000 Best Schools in America.[2] For the 2009–2010 school year, West Forsyth was the highest scoring high school in the county. West Forsyth was also one of 13 high schools in the state of North Carolina in 2009 to receive the distinction of Honor School of Excellence due to high achievement on standardized tests.

History[edit]

West Forsyth was built in 1964 after the merger of the Winston-Salem School District and Forsyth County School District. It originally served as a new home for students of Southwest High School (now Southwest Elementary) which is located within walking distance from the campus. In the beginning, only six buildings existed at West (100–600). The early 1970s brought several new additions including the track, football stadium, and tennis courts. Five more buildings have been also been built. The 700 and 900 buildings were constructed in the early 1980s. The Harold B. Simpson Gymnasium, named after West's first principal, was also built during that time. The 1000 building, the only two story building on campus, was constructed last in the late 1990s. A new auditorium was constructed (The James Anderson Performing Arts Center or APAC) replacing the old auditorium in the 600 building, which is now the band room. The 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 buildings have been remodeled. Two PODS have been put in place as well. The total budget for the overall upgrading of the facility was $10.5 million.

Athletics[edit]

West Forsyth is a member of the 4A Central Piedmont Conference (CPC). The CPC is a top-notch conference, featuring many of West's rivals including North Davidson High School R.J. Reynolds, Mt. Tabor, and its main rivals Davie County and Reagan High School.

  • Fall Sports
  • Winter Sports
    • Basketball (Boys and Girls) (Varsity and Junior Varsity)
    • Winter Track
    • Swimming & Diving (Boys and Girls)
    • Wrestling (Varsity and Junior Varsity)
  • Spring Sports
    • Baseball (Varsity and Junior Varsity)
    • Golf (Boys)
    • Lacrosse (Boys and Girls) (Varsity and Junior Varsity)
    • Soccer (Girls) (Varsity and Junior Varsity)
    • Softball (Varsity and Junior Varsity)
    • Tennis (Boys)
    • Outdoor Track (Boys and Girls)

Music[edit]

West Forsyth is home to music programs offering Chorus, Orchestra and Band classes. In Choral Music, West Forsyth's Concert Choir has received a superior rating at the North Carolina Music Educators Association State Festival every year for the past nine years.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

West Forsyth was also home to the international basketball star Chris Paul. Paul played basketball at Wake Forest University from 2003 to 2005 until entering the NBA. He now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul was voted the 2005–06 NBA Rookie of the Year and was the starting point guard for the 2008 USA Basketball "Redeem" Team where he helped them win a gold medal.

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Coordinates: 36°03′46″N 80°23′15″W / 36.0629149°N 80.3875541°W / 36.0629149; -80.3875541