Merrill F. West High School

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Merrill F. West High School
Merrill F. West High School logo.png
1775 W Lowell Ave
Tracy, California 95376
United States
Coordinates 37°44′53″N 121°27′04″W / 37.74806°N 121.45111°W / 37.74806; -121.45111Coordinates: 37°44′53″N 121°27′04″W / 37.74806°N 121.45111°W / 37.74806; -121.45111
Established 1993
School district Tracy Joint Unified School District
Principal Troy Brown
Faculty 119
Enrollment 2,856
Campus size 51 acres (21 ha)
Color(s) Navy blue and Vegas gold         
Athletics conference CIF Sac-Joaquin Section
Mascot Wolf Pack
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Newspaper The Zephyr
Yearbook Los Lobos

Merrill F. West High School (also known as West High School) is a four-year, public secondary school located on the northwest side of Tracy, California, United States. A member of the Tracy Unified School District, the school was founded in 1993. Enrollment for the 2009-2010 was 1,337 students.[1]


Merrill Francis West was a native of Laurel, Iowa who moved to Tracy in 1936 to farm produce crops and walnuts. Mr. West served as a TUSD board member for eleven years (1954-1965), four of which as president. He also served on the County Board of Education in the 1950s. Mr. West stated his vision for education as, "The important goal, as I see it, is to give all our children an equal opportunity for a quality education with maximum efficiency of the taxpayers’ dollar."

The campus stretches over 51 acres and currently supports more than 2,000 students. West High opened its doors in 1993 under the leadership of principal Bob Palous. Both the school colors (Navy blue and Vegas gold) and mascot (the wolfpack) were voted on by the first year students. Our students are known as the Wolf Pack. Mr. Palous served as principal for only three years before leaving the district. The second principal, Herman Calad, met the challenge of bringing WHS into the 20th century while facing ever-shrinking budgets and increasing pressure to produce high standardized test scores. Mr. Calad served with distinction for twelve years before retiring. Mr. Frase, West's third principal, left his own mark on the school. To this day, through the leadership of its principal Troy Brown, WHS continues to uphold Mr. West's vision of giving all students an equal opportunity to a quality education.[2]

In 2003, West High School was eligible for the Governor’s Performance Award and was named a California Distinguished School.[3]


West High School provides a solid academic program for all students and offers many special programs, such as the Academy of Business and Law, Space and Engineering Academy,[4] Advanced Placement, and Advancement Via Individual Determination.[5]

West High School currently offers fifteen Advanced Placement courses.[6]


The school's teams are nicknamed the Wolf Pack and school colors are Navy blue and Vegas gold, both of which were chosen by the student body in 1993. West High School offers a variety of sports, including cheerleading, American football, badminton, baseball, basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, cross country, water polo, volleyball and wrestling. West High belongs to the Tri-City Athletics League (TCAL).[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

Amini Silatolu, 2007. National Football League, Carolina Panthers


  1. ^ "For Merrill F. West High School" (PDF). Executive Summary School Accountability Report Card, 2009–10. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  2. ^ a b "West High School: History". Tracy Unified School District. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  3. ^ Aaron Swarts (January 28, 2004). "West High students set scholar mark". Tri-Valley Herald. 
  4. ^ "Space and Engineering". Merrill F. West High School. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  5. ^ "West High School". Merrill F. West High School. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  6. ^ "West High School: Advanced Placement - Courses". Merrill F. West High School. Retrieved 2014-01-20.