Mound Westonka High School

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Mound Westonka High School
Information
TypePublic
Established1917
PrincipalMark Mcllmoyle
Grades8-12
Enrollment867 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Red & White         
Athletics conferenceWright County
MascotWhite Hawk

Mound Westonka High School is a grades 8–12 public high school in Mound, Minnesota. Mound Westonka competes in the Wright County Conference. Mound Westonka, located west of Lake Minnetonka, serves the westernmost portion of the lake and is located west of Minnetonka and south of Orono. Mound Westonka houses over 900 students in grades 8-12. It began as Mound Consolidated High School, which opened in the fall of 1917 in downtown Mound as part of District 85. In 1958, District 85 became Westonka District 277. In the fall of 1971, Mound High School was relocated several miles to a new building at its present location in Minnetrista and “Westonka” was added to its name. Mound High School adopted the “Mohawk” mascot in the 1930s, in part because Mound was named for the ancient Indian mounds located within its borders. In the fall of 1997, the school mascot was changed to the White Hawks.[2][3][4][5]

History[edit]

Mound Westonka High School was founded as Mound High School.

Awards & Recognitions[edit]

Mound Westonka High School is ranked among the top high schools in the United States by several national publications. Mound Westonka ranks fifth in Minnesota and 104th in the country on Newsweek's 2014 list of "America's Top High Schools."[6] MWHS was also named to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 "Best High Schools" list,[7] The Washington Post's 2014 "America's Most Challenging High Schools" list[8] and Niche's 2014 "Best Public High Schools" list.[9] The Westonka School District was named to the College Board's AP District Honor Roll in 2012[10] for increasing access to Advanced Placement exams as well as scores of 3 or higher (usually the minimum to earn college credit).

Athletics & Activities[edit]

Activities
  • Bowling
  • Chinese Club
  • DECA
  • Fall Musical
  • Fine Arts Advisors
  • Jazz Band
  • Know America
  • LINK Crew
  • Madd Jazz
  • MWHS Math League
  • National Honor Society
  • Pop Singers
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spanish Club
  • Speech Team
  • Spring Play
  • Student Senate
Sports
Fall
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Football Cheerleading
  • Girls Swim & Dive
  • Girls Tennis
  • Volleyball
Winter
  • Alpine Ski
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Hockey
  • Boys Swim & Dive
  • Dance Team
  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls Gymnastics
  • Girls Hockey
  • Nordic Ski
  • Wrestling
Spring Sports
  • Baseball
  • Boys Golf
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Golf
  • Girls Lacrosse
  • Girls Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Trap Shooting

Campus[edit]

Mound Westonka High School itself contains two levels, with separate academic wings for different teaching subjects.The school has a pool as well as an ice arena. On the exterior, the school property has three soccer fields, many baseball/softball fields, nine tennis courts, a track, and a football stadium.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Kevin Sorbo, American actor
  • Lisa Wysocky, American author

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MOUND WESTONKA HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Mound Westonka High School". westonka.k12.mn.us. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Mound-Westonka High School Overview". usnews.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Mound-Westonka High School". greatschools.org. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Mound-Westonka High School". schooldigger.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "America's Top Schools 2014". 13 September 2014.
  7. ^ "How Does Mound-Westonka High School Rank Among America's Best High Schools?".
  8. ^ "Ranking America's High Schools - The Washington Post".
  9. ^ "2016 Best Public High Schools in Minnesota - Niche".
  10. ^ http://media.collegeboard.com/homeOrg/content/pdf/3rd-annual-honor-roll-list-101912.pdf

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