Plano West Senior High School

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Plano West Senior High School
Leading With Pride
5601 West Parker Road
Plano, Texas, 75093
United States
Coordinates 33°02′37″N 96°48′48″W / 33.0436°N 96.8133°W / 33.0436; -96.8133Coordinates: 33°02′37″N 96°48′48″W / 33.0436°N 96.8133°W / 33.0436; -96.8133
Type Public high school
Established 1999
School district Plano Independent School District
Superintendent Richard Matkin
Principal Kathy King
Grades 1112
Enrollment 2,580[1] (2013–14)
Campus Suburban
Color(s)                Royal blue, black, and white
Mascot Wolf
Rivals Plano Senior High School, Plano East Senior High School
Feeder schools Jasper and Shepton

Plano West Senior High School (commonly West, Plano West, or PWSH) is a public high school in Plano, Texas serving high school juniors and seniors. The school is part of the Plano Independent School District, and enrolls students based on the locations of students' homes. Students at Plano West attended one of two high schools: Jasper or Shepton. Plano West is accredited by the Texas Education Agency, which designates the school as "Recognized". The school colors are royal blue, black, and white, and the mascot is the Wolf. The school is ranked as 63rd in the nation, and as the best comprehensive high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, according to Newsweek's 2013 list of best high schools.[2]


Building "B" houses the science department and all science related classes.

Plano West offers all Advanced Placement courses except Japanese Language and Culture and Italian Language and Culture; the courses Human Geography and World History are offered at the 9-10 feeder schools. Plano West additionally offers concurrent enrollment courses through Collin College.[3] 56% percent of Plano West students are enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement course, above the Plano ISD average of 32% and Texas average of 20%.[4] The school currently offers many vocational courses in agriculture, early childhood education, home economics, journalism, fashion design, advertising design, drafting, and clinical rotation.[5]

Plano West was ranked 98th in Newsweek's Top Public High Schools 2011, and rose to 63rd in the 2012 list.[6] [7]

Students in the class of 2013 achieved an average composite SAT score of 1725 (out of 2400) and a mean ACT score of 26.1 (out of 36).[8] AP students at Plano West earned an average score of 4.00 (out of 5) on AP exams administered by the College Board.[2] In 2013, Plano West students took 3,170 AP exams, and passed 87% of those exams.[8] The Class of 2016 at Plano West included 53 National Merit Finalists.[9]

Campus and facilities[edit]

Rendering of the facade of building "G".

In keeping with Plano ISD’s senior high model, Plano West is an open campus containing several buildings, with a layout similar to a junior college. The school is made up of seven buildings, “A”-“G”.[10] Building “A” houses the Social Studies, English, and Foreign Language departments. Additionally, the building contains school offices, computer labs, an early childhood school partly staffed by Plano West students, and the school cafeteria (students are allowed to eat lunch either on or off campus). Building “B” contains the Science department and the school library. Building “C” houses performing arts classes (including music theory and technical theatre) and practice facilities, as well as the school auditorium. Building “D” consists of the main competition gym; other athletic practice facilities are housed in buildings “A” and “F”. Building “E” contains the Mathematics department, including computer science courses. Building “G” houses Career Technology labs and Visual Arts courses, along with collaboration rooms for student use.

Buildings A, B, C and G form a main courtyard that includes a fountain.[10]


The mascot is the wolf, a departure from the feline mascots of the other two senior high schools in Plano (the Plano Wildcats and the Plano East Panthers).


Girls Soccer State Championship Games[11]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2000 Plano West 2 Katy Taylor 1 Round Rock ISD Stadium, Round Rock 5A
2001 Plano West 3 Katy Taylor 0 Round Rock ISD Stadium, Round Rock 5A
2002 Plano West 3 Humble Kingwood 0 Round Rock ISD Stadium, Round Rock 5A
2007 Plano West 3 Deer Park 0 Round Rock ISD Stadium, Round Rock 5A
2012 Plano West 1 Katy Seven Lakes 0 Birkelbach Field, Georgetown 5A
2013 Plano West 4 Southlake Carroll 1 Birkelbach Field, Georgetown 5A
Girls Basketball State Championship Games[12]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2006 Plano West 54 Rockwall 47 Frank Erwin Center, Austin 5A
Boys Basketball State Championship Games[13]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2015 Plano West 56 Clear Lake 54 Alamodome, San Antonio 6A
Hockey State Championship Games[14]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas)
2004 Plano West 2 Clear Lake High School 1 Deja Blue Arena, Frisco
2005 Plano West 1 Highland Park High School 0 Deja Blue Arena, Frisco
2007 Plano West 2 Allen High School 1 (OT) Deja Blue Arena, Frisco
2011 Plano West 4 Southlake Carroll 2 Starscenter, Farmers Branch
2012 Plano West 4 (OT) Arlington High School 3 Starscenter, Farmers Branch
2014 Plano West 6 Plano Senior 3 Starscenter, Farmers Branch
Team Tennis State Championship Matches[15]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2001 Plano West 10 El Paso Coronado 8 Lakeway World of Tennis, Austin 5A
2004 Plano West 10 Austin Westlake 5 Lakeway World of Tennis, Austin 5A
2005 Plano West 11 San Antonio Churchill 5 Lakeway World of Tennis, Austin 5A
2006 Plano West 11 Austin Westlake 6 Lakeway World of Tennis, Austin 5A
Baseball State Championship Games[16]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2008 Plano West 10 Southlake Carroll 8 Dell Diamond, Round Rock 5A


The Plano West Chamber Orchestra has been named the outstanding string orchestra for the state of Texas by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 5 consecutive times.[when?][citation needed] The orchestra is made up of approximately 40 musicians. TMEA rules prohibit a school from entering the competition the year after it has won, so the title of Texas "Honor Orchestra" was won in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010.[17] The orchestra has been featured on the Disney Channel series "Totally in Tune" which aired in 2001.[citation needed] In 2005, the orchestra won a Cappie Award for Outstanding Pit Orchestra in a musical, (for the school production of) Les Misérables.[clarification needed][citation needed]

The Choir Program performs at the annual Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

The Plano West Mighty Wolf Band has a marching and concert season and also has a winterguard program. In the 2009–2010 school year, the band had approximately 95 members; by 2015-2016, this had increased to about 195.

In 2011, The Plano West Music Program was named Gold Grammy Signature School. Plano West was one of only seven gold level award recipients. The award recognizes top U.S. public high schools making an outstanding commitment to music education.[18]


The Theatre program consists of regular Theatre I-IV classes, as well as the Honors Theatre Productions classes that take up 6th and 7th period hours.

Technical Theatre competes in the UIL Theatrical Design Competition. Plano West was named State Champions in 2008.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Streib, Lauren (6 May 2013). "America's Best High Schools". Newsweek. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Plano West Academics". Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Plano West Senior HS - ProPublica". Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Plano West Senior High School - Campus Profile". Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  6. ^ "America's Best High Schools". Newsweek. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  7. ^ America's Best High Schools 2011 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast
  8. ^ a b "Plano West Profile". Plano West Senior High. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "National Merit Semifinalists / News Archive : Plano ISD". Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  10. ^ a b "Plano West HS Addition". WRA Portfolios. WRA Architects. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff Reports. "UIL Girls Soccer Champions". Dallas Morning News. 
  12. ^ Staff Reports. "UIL Girls Basketball Champions". Dallas Morning News. 
  13. ^ Staff Reports. "UIL Boys Basketball Champions". UIL. 
  14. ^ "AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey Stats/Schedules". Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  15. ^ "UIL State Team Tennis Tournament Records". Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  16. ^ Plano West Baseball
  17. ^ "Plano West Campus Profile". Plano Independent School District. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Plano West Music Program Named 'Gold' GRAMMY® Signature School". Plando Independent School District. Retrieved 2011-09-10.  line feed character in |publisher= at position 27 (help)
  19. ^ "New England Patriots: Ben Bass". New England Patriots Roster. Retrieved 2014-10-05. 
  20. ^ "David Lofton". NFL Player Cards. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  21. ^ "#32 Vickiel Vaughn". NFL Player Cards. Retrieved 2006-10-19. 
  22. ^ "Carolina Panthers: Jordan Pugh". Carolina Panthers Roster. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
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