Mankato West High School

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Mankato West High School
Mankato West Scarlets
1351 South Riverfront Drive

Coordinates44°09′32″N 94°01′04″W / 44.1589°N 94.01765°W / 44.1589; -94.01765Coordinates: 44°09′32″N 94°01′04″W / 44.1589°N 94.01765°W / 44.1589; -94.01765
School districtIndependent School District 77
PrincipalSherri Blasing
Number of students1,175 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Scarlet and White         
Athletics conferenceBig 9 Conference
RivalMankato East High School
NewspaperWest Side Story

Mankato West High School is a public secondary school located in Mankato, in the U.S. State of Minnesota. According to the school district in 2016, Mankato West enrolls about 1150 students in four grades, grades 9–12.[3] In 1992–93 the school was designated as a "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence" by the United States Department of Education.[4]

The school mascot is a Scarlet.[2] Mankato West is a member of the Big 9 Conference.[5]


The school has a 1,100 seat auditorium, a fitness center, and six computer labs.[3] In 2013, Mankato passed a $69.0 million bond issue, including $2 million to expand the school's cafeteria.[6]


Mankato West High School has the following sports offerings:[7][8]


Mankato West High School has the following extracurricular offerings:[7][9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Former CEO of General Motors Daniel Akerson graduated from Mankato West High School in 1966.[10][11][12]

The governor-elect of Minnesota, Tim Walz, once taught geography and coached football at Mankato West.[13]

Jimmy Chin, Academy Awards winner for Best Documentary Feature [14]

Philip Nelson Former Quarterback at Mankato West. Was awarded the Minnesota Mr. Football award in 2011. [15] He played a season in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and is currently playing for the San Diego Fleet in the Alliance of American Football. [16][17]


  1. ^ "MANKATO WEST SENIOR HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Press, The Free. "Scarlets' football tickets on sale at West". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  3. ^ a b Mankato West High School, Independent School District #77. Accessed May 2, 2016.
  4. ^ Schools Recognized 1982 Through 2015, p. 105. Accessed May 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Weller, Denny. "West pulls through for Big 9 title". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  6. ^ Dyslin, Amanda (November 5, 2013). "Mankato passes $69.5 million bond". Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Mankato West High School". Archived from the original on April 10, 2015. Retrieved 2016-05-01.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  8. ^ "Activities and Athletics". Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  9. ^ "Activities and Athletics". Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  10. ^ "GM CEO gives two $40,000 scholarships to West kids". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  11. ^ "News & Events - News & Events - Mankato Area Public Schools". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  12. ^ "General Motors GM Speaks To Mankato West Students". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
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