Washoe County School District

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The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is a public school district providing public education to students in Washoe County, Nevada, including the cities of Reno and Sparks, and the unincorporated communities of Verdi, Incline Village, and Gerlach. The Washoe County School District is the second largest school district in Nevada with approximately 64,000 students enrolled in 96 schools.

A board of seven elected trustees governs the Washoe County School District. The current president of the WCSD Board of Trustees is Angela Taylor. The trustees appoint a superintendent to lead the district in day-to-day operations.


Currently Superintendent Traci Davis leads the Washoe County School District along with Deputy Superintendent Kristen McNeill.[1] On July 22, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the Washoe County School District relieved Pedro Martinez of his duties as superintendent and named Deputy Superintendent Traci Davis and then Chief of Staff Kristen McNeill as co-managers.[2] In response, Mr. Martinez filed two lawsuits against the school district and the Board of Trustees. Mr. Martinez had previously worked for the District between 2009 and 2011 as a Deputy Superintendent and was instrumental in the development of the District's strategic plan.[3]

Immediately before his appointment as Superintendent, Mr. Martinez was the Deputy Superintendent of the Clark County School District in Southern Nevada,[3] the fifth largest school district in the United States.[4] Prior to that, Mr. Martinez served as a Regional Superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools,[3] the nation's third largest school district.[5]


The WCSD currently has 64 elementary schools, a special education school, 14 middle schools, 13 comprehensive high schools, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) High School, Washoe Innovations High School (an alternative school) and the Academy of Arts Careers and Technology.

In the WCSD, elementary schools typically include kindergarten through sixth grade, middle schools include seventh grade and eighth grade, and high schools include ninth grade through twelfth grade.

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • B.D. Billinghurst Middle School
  • Clayton Middle School
  • Cold Springs Middle School
  • Depoali Middle School
  • Dilworth Middle School
  • Incline Middle School
  • Mendive Middle School
  • O'Brien STEM Academy
  • Pine Middle School
  • Yvonne Shaw Middle School
  • Sparks Middle School
  • Darrel C. Swope Middle School
  • Fred W. Traner Middle School
  • Vaughn Middle School
  • Washoe Middle School


  • Allen
  • Anderson
  • Beasley
  • Jesse Beck
  • Bennett
  • Libby C. Booth
  • Brown
  • Cannan
  • Caughlin Ranch
  • Corbett
  • Desert Heights
  • Diedrichsen
  • Dodson
  • Donner Springs
  • Double Diamond
  • Drake
  • Duncan
  • Dunn
  • Elmcrest
  • Gomes
  • Roy Gomm
  • Greenbrae
  • Hidden Valley
  • Blue Kangaroo
  • Huffaker
  • Hunsberger
  • Hunter Lake
  • Jesse Hall
  • Lena Juniper
  • Lemelson
  • Lemmon Valley
  • Elizabeth Lenz
  • Lincoln Park
  • Echo Loder
  • Mathews
  • Maxwell
  • Melton
  • Mitchell
  • Moss
  • Mount Rose
  • Natchez
  • Palmer
  • Peavine
  • Picollo Special Education School
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Risley
  • Rollan Melton
  • Sepulveda
  • Sierra Vista
  • Silver Lake
  • Alice Smith
  • Kate Smith
  • Smithridge
  • Spanish Springs
  • Stead
  • Sun Valley
  • Taylor
  • Towles
  • Van Gorder
  • Verdi
  • Veterans Memorial
  • Warner
  • Westergard
  • Whitehead
  • Winnemucca
  • Incline Elementary

2013 Sparks Middle School shooting[edit]

A student opened fire at Sparks Middle School, a Washoe County School District school. Two students were critically injured, and a teacher was fatally shot while trying to intervene with the student. The gunman then committed suicide by shooting himself. Students from the school were evacuated and were placed at Sparks High School, where they held until they were picked up by their guardians.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WCSD office of the superintendent: Overview - WCSD website". washoeschools.net. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Washoe County School Board relieves superintendent of duties". Las Sun. 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biography". Washoecountyschools.org. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Clark County School District: Overview - Las Vegas Sun News". Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Public Schools : At-a-glance". Cps.edu. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  6. ^ Hoffer, Steven (21 October 2013). "Police Respond To Shooting At Sparks Middle School In Nevada". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nevada middle school shooting: 2 killed, 2 injured". CNN. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "2 dead, 2 boys hurt in Nevada school shooting". The San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  9. ^ McAndrew, Siobhan; Bellisle, Martha; Duggan, Brian (21 October 2013). "Two dead, two wounded in Nevada middle school shooting". USA Today. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sparks Middle School shooting: Video details eyewitness account from inside school". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Police: Staff Member Killed at Sparks Middle School, 2 Others Hurt". KTVN. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 

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