Wheeling Park High School

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Wheeling Park High School
Wheeling Park High School logo.jpg
1976 Park View Road & Patriot Drive
Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
Type Public
Established 1976
School district Ohio County Schools
Principal Amy Minch
Assistant principals Katrina Lewis, Stephanie Bugaj, Wayne Ogilbee, Dick Oschenbein, Dwaine Rodgers
Enrollment 2,000
Mascot Patriot (usually as an eagle)
Team name Patriots
Rivals John Marshall, Brooke, Wheeling Central, St Clairsville
Publication Park Press

Wheeling Park High School, in Wheeling, West Virginia, United States, is the only public high school serving Ohio County, West Virginia. Approximately 2,000 students in grades 9-12 attend.

The school opened for the 1976-1977 academic year following the consolidation of Wheeling, Triadelphia, and Warwood high schools.


Advanced placement[edit]

Wheeling Park offers 15 Advanced Placement courses: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language, English Literature, Geography, Physics B, Physics C, Political Science, U.S. History, World History, Statistics, Chemistry, Psychology, Music Appreciation and Spanish

There are also courses that can be taken for college credit through West Liberty University and West Virginia Northern Community College.

West Virginia Educational Standards Test[edit]

West Virginia uses the West Virginia Educational Standards Test (WESTEST) to assess their students' proficiency levels by grade level.

Students at Wheeling Park exceeded the state average in every category in 2009:

  • Math - Grade 11: 61% proficient compared to 59% state average
  • Reading - Grade 11: 59% proficient compared to 52% state average
  • Social Studies - Grade 11: 69% proficient compared to 63% state average[1]

WVSSAC sanctioned athletic state championship history[edit]

  • Golf: 2002, 2010, 2011 Boys cc:1986, 2007, 2008, Girls cc: 1984
  • Boys basketball: 1980, 1995, (1997, 2010, 2011 state runner-up)
  • Girls basketball: 1998,1999
  • Football: 1991 state runner -up
  • Cheering: 1989
  • Boys soccer: 1991, 2001
  • Girls soccer:1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Boys tennis: 2006
  • Wrestling: 1977,1978,1981,1986,1987, 2006
  • Girls track: 1995
  • Boys track :1978,1979,1988, 2007


The high school building houses physical education, special education, technical education, and regular education. The building is 860 feet long and 550 feet wide for a total of 473,000 square feet. There are three floors of masonry block insulation with brick veneer. Additional education wings added in 1984 on both ends of the building comprise 7750 square feet. Three gymnasiums, a fitness center, wrestling room, and indoor Olympic-sized pool make up the Physical Education department. "The Palace", located in the main building, is one of the largest gymnasiums in the Wheeling area.[citation needed] Inside the school building, the Phyllis A. Beneke Theatre, The Media Center and the Food Court areas are the main common spaces. The Technology Center complex on the second floor consists of two computer labs, and a large lecture hall. The music department is home to private recording studios, a piano lab, and two large practice halls. The Career and Technical Department consists of multiple computer, electronics, graphic design, and engineering laboratories. The school also houses the only Mac Computer Lab the county wide school system.</Bob Turbanic, Graphic Design Teacher who built and maintains the lab>[citation needed] The basement of the school is home to the auto mechanics shop, collision repair, welding, machine tool technology, building construction, and power equipment systems classes. There are four lighted tennis courts, and eight-lane track and adjoining baseball, softball, football and soccer fields which complete the entire 52 acre complex. The JB Chambers Performing Arts Center on the campus opened in March 2012.[2]

Fine and performing arts[edit]

Wheeling Park is also home to bands, choral ensembles, and orchestral groups. Additionally, Wheeling Park is widely considered to have the best high school music program in West Virginia and the Upper Ohio Valley.[citation needed] Furthermore, the school's speech and debate team has won 34 consecutive state championships, and its Concert Band has achieved 27 consecutive "superior" ratings at Region 1 Band Festival.[citation needed]

Wheeling Park also is the home to the award winning Wheeling Park High School Speech and Debate Team, which in 2014 won their 35th consecutive state championship.