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(s)||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
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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.
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.
The West Port High School band program is under the direction of Scotty Vance. It provides a well-rounded musical experience for its students. Its focal points are concert, marching, and jazz band, but it also houses a successful guard program. Since its inception, the band has received consistent superior ratings at FMBC and FBA MPAs. West Port's Jazz Ensemble 1 has gone to state and received straight superior ratings for the last ten years. Overall, its ratings are among the highest in Florida.
West Port also an athletic department. Robbie Lindeman serving as the athletic director.
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.
The mascot attends every pep rally and game in order to bring spirit and energy to the sidelines and game players and to encourage positive energy.
- West Port High School website
- Marion County Public Schools website
- Ocala Star-Banner newspaper article about the MCCA program