Northwest High School (Montgomery County, Maryland)

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Northwest High School
13501 Richter Farm Road
Germantown, Maryland 20874

United States
Coordinates 39°09′06″N 77°16′48″W / 39.151549°N 77.279963°W / 39.151549; -77.279963Coordinates: 39°09′06″N 77°16′48″W / 39.151549°N 77.279963°W / 39.151549; -77.279963
Type Public secondary
Motto Do your best, and the best will come back to you. All For One, One For All
Established 1998
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
Principal Lance Dempsey
Grades 9–12
Number of students 2097 (2011–2012)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black, silver, and white
Mascot Jaguar
Rivals Seneca Valley High School, Quince Orchard High School
Newspaper The Jagwire

Northwest High School (NWHS) is a public high school in Germantown, Maryland.


Northwest High School is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools public school system. As of 2006, its enrollment was over 2,000 students. It is one of two high schools in Germantown, the other being Seneca Valley High School, with which Northwest shares an athletic rivalry. The school also serves small sections of the city of Gaithersburg. The school underwent an expansion project that was completed during the summer of 2006. Northwest's school mascot is the jaguar and its colors are black, silver and white.


Northwest High School offers a number of honors and Advanced Placement courses along with French and Spanish languages. The school is competitive academically, with average SAT scores above the national mean.[1][2]

Northwest hosts the Ulysses Signature Program which is a four-year research-based program in which students develop projects focused on one of the Ulysses Project themes: Arts and Humanities; Public Policy and Public Service; and/or Math, Science and Technology.[3] Students are recommended for the rigorous research program as freshman and remain in the program throughout their senior year.[4]


  • Edward Shirley (1998-2002)
  • Sylvia Morrison (2002-2009)
  • Lance Dempsey (2009–present)

Areas served[edit]

Students attending Northwest come from parts of Germantown, parts of Boyds, portions of Gaithersburg, Darnestown and very small portions of Poolesville and Potomac.[5] Northwest is fed by three area middle schools and eight area elementary schools in the following feeder patterns:

  • Kingsview MS (grades 6-8): Great Seneca Creek (K-5), Ronald McNair ES (pre-K-5), Spark M. Matsunaga ES (K-5)
  • Lakelands Park MS (grades 6-8) (split articulation with Quince Orchard Cluster): Darnestown ES (K-5), portions of Diamond ES (K-5)
  • Roberto Clemente MS (grades 6-8) (split articulation with Seneca Valley Cluster): Clopper Mill ES (pre-K-5), Germantown ES (K-5), Great Seneca Creek (K-5)


Northwest has noted athletic rivalries with Seneca Valley High School and Quince Orchard High School.

All teams have varsity and junior varsity teams with the exception of tennis, golf, hockey, swim and dive, indoor track and field, poms, marching band, and boys/coed volleyball. JV lacrosse teams were recently added to Montgomery County athletics in 2008.

Fall sports[edit]

  • Football (2004 3A, 2013 4A Maryland State Champions)
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country (Boys 2001, 2002 Maryland State Champions)
  • Girls Tennis
  • Golf
  • Field Hockey
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Marching Band

Winter sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Indoor Track (Boys 2014 Maryland State Champions)
  • Hockey
  • Swim and Dive

Spring sports[edit]

  • Baseball (2012 Maryland State Champions)
  • Softball
  • Track and Field (Girls 2011, Boys 2013 Maryland State Champions)
  • Lacrosse
  • Boys Tennis
  • COED Volleyball
  • Boys Volleyball


  • Poms
  • Cheerleading


Northwest High School has sports rivalries, particularly in football, with neighboring Seneca Valley High School, and Quince Orchard High School. With Seneca Valley High School, in football, the series currently stands at 5-10. With Quince Orchard High School, in football, the series currently stands at 9-9.

"The Battle for The King's Trophy"[edit]

The Battle for the King's Trophy or the Battle for Germantown is an annual football game with Northwest High School's main rival, Seneca Valley High School. Located only 2.6 miles apart, the rivalry started in 1998 when Northwest first opened. The rivalry has been recognized as one of the fiercest in Maryland by local media, including all four major news networks, The MD Examiner, The Gazette, The Washington Post and several other media stations in the area.[6] The Battle for Germantown is the cause of pep rallies, tailgate parties, and intense hype at the two schools and among fans in Montgomery County. Every year, the winner of the game receives the King's Trophy and is deemed the "Kings" of Germantown. In 2013, Northwest won The King's Trophy after 7 years. [7]

Extracurricular activities and organizations[edit]


  1. ^ "2008-2009 SAT Overall Mean Scores" (PDF). Maryland State Department of Education. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Total Group Profile Report" (PDF). CollegeBoard. p. 1. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Local School Signature Programs". Montgomery County Public Schools. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Northwest Seniors Unveil Research Projects". Gazette. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Northwest High School 2010-2011 Service Area" (PDF). Montgomery County Public Schools. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Papuchis, Matthew "Seneca Valley Overpowers Northwest in 12th Annual Battle for Germantown, 37-0", Germantown Patch, October 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Seneca Valley Football

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