Northwest High School (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
Established 1998
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
Principal Jimmy D'Andrea
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,097 (2011–2012)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Black, silver, and white
Nickname Jaguars
Rivals Seneca Valley,
Quince Orchard
Newspaper The Jagwire

Northwest High School (NWHS) is a public high school in Germantown, Maryland. It 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 cities of Gaithersburg and Darnestown.

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, 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 freshmen and remain in the program throughout their senior years.[4]


  • Edward Shirley (1998-2002)
  • Sylvia Morrison (2002-2009)
  • Eileen "E. Lance" Lancellotti Dempsey (2009-2016)[5][6]
  • James "Jimmy" D'Andrea (2016–present)[7]

Areas served[edit]

Students attending Northwest come from parts of Germantown, Boyds, Gaithersburg, and Darnestown, as well as very small portions of Poolesville and Potomac.[8]

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)


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


  • Poms
  • Cheerleading


Northwest High School has sports rivalries, particularly in football, with neighboring Seneca Valley High School, and Quince Orchard High School. The annual football game between Northwest and Seneca Valley is known as "The Battle for the King's Trophy" or the "Battle for Germantown".

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Anwar Phillips (Class of 2001), football cornerback, Penn State Nittany Lions, New Orleans Saints, and Baltimore Ravens
  • Joe Young (Class of 2006), formerly Joe Lefeged, football safety


  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. ^ Taylor, Andre L. (July 22, 2009). "NW principal sets high expectations: Former Shady Grove Middle School principal meets parents and students". The Gazette. Gaithersburg, Maryland: Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Montgomery County Public Schools (June 25, 2002). "Highlights of the June 24 Meeting of the Board of Education". Montgomery County Public Schools. 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland: Montgomery County Public Schools. Archived from the original on August 9, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Northwest High School". Retrieved 2018-07-18. 
  8. ^ "Northwest High School 2010-2011 Service Area" (PDF). Montgomery County Public Schools. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 

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