West Port High School
|West Port High School|
|3733 SW 80th Avenue
|School district||Marion County Public Schools|
|Number of students||2420|
|Color(s)||Teal, Black, and Silver
|Accreditation||Florida State Department of Education|
West Port High School is a school in Ocala, Florida and one of eight public schools in Marion County, Florida. Founded in 2000 and constructed at 3733 SW 80th Avenue, West Port is the district school for West Ocala. Formerly West Port Middle and High School, the middle school disbanded in 2008 after Liberty Middle School was built. In total, there are about 2,420 students attending West Port High School during their current year of the 2012–13 class making it the largest school by population in the district. West Port does also have the largest campus by area.
Programs and Clubs
Beginning Band - Entry level band program. No prior experience needed. Symphonic Band - Experienced performing group. Wind Ensemble - Top level advanced performers. Jazz Band - Top level Jazz Band at West Port. Stage Band - Entry level jazz band, no prior jazz experience needed. Jazz Combo - Advanced smaller group performing music written by the group. Marching Band - The Jewel of Marion County. A superior program. Drumline - Advanced percussion ensemble that also performs at the state level. Flag Corps - Accepts entry level students. No prior experience needed.
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West Port houses the MCCA (Marion County Center For The Arts) program, and is well established as one of the more distinctive and successful high school arts programs in Florida. It offers classes in Digital Media, Photography (which includes photo manipulation), Technical theatre/stagecraft, Dance, Theatre, Drawing and Painting, 3D sculpture, and Band. Band has consistently proven to be successful by being recognized in the state as one of the better band programs and the drama department has produced many plays that draw a large crowd because of the quality in performance and production overall. The West Port auditorium has housed the Marion County Media Festival since the festival began.
The West Port High School band program has been under the direction of Mr. Scotty Vance since the school opened in 2000. It provides a well-rounded musical experience for its students. Its focal points are the symphonic, jazz, marching, and color guard programs. Since its inception, these programs have received consistent superior ratings at FMBC and FBA MPAs. West Port's Top Jazz Ensemble has received straight superior ratings for the last eleven years and has received superior ratings at the state level many times. Overall, its ratings are among the highest in Florida.
Qualified WPHS students may accelerate their college education through dual enrollment courses. West Port is the only high school in Marion County which offers a full range of dual enrollment courses. Because of this, West Port more than any other school in the district has graduates that have already earned their AA degree from the College of Central Florida by the time they graduate high school. West Port is also the only school that serves as a satellite campus for the collegein the district, despite it being the closest to the main campus.
Sports played are football, volleyball, golf, swimming, slow pitch softball, cross country, bowling, basketball, soccer, weightlifting, wrestling, baseball, fast pitch softball, tennis track, and weightlifting.
- West Port High School website
- Marion County Public Schools website
- Ocala Star-Banner newspaper article about the MCCA program