Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School

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Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School
2100 Wootton Parkway
Rockville, Maryland, 20850
United States
Coordinates 39°04′36″N 77°11′02″W / 39.07661°N 77.18376°W / 39.07661; -77.18376Coordinates: 39°04′36″N 77°11′02″W / 39.07661°N 77.18376°W / 39.07661; -77.18376
Type Public Secondary
Established 1970
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
Principal Michael J. Doran
Grades 9–12
Gender Co-Educational
Enrollment 2414 (2009-2010)
 • Grade 9 571
 • Grade 10 590
 • Grade 11 605
 • Grade 12 648
Student to teacher ratio 13.7
Campus Suburban
Color(s) ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    
red, white and blue
Team name Patriots
Rival Winston Churchill High School
Newspaper Common Sense
Feeder schools Robert Frost Middle School
Cabin John Middle School

Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School or Wootton High School (WHS) is a public high school in Rockville, Maryland. Its namesake is Thomas Sprigg Wootton, the founder of Montgomery County. The school was founded in 1970 and is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools system. The majority of the students come from Robert Frost Middle School, although some come from Cabin John Middle School. The principal since July 2003 has been Michael Doran. The Wootton class of 2009 was the largest class ever to graduate the school, with 664 students.[1]


In 2005, Wootton was named the 17th best high school in the United States by Newsweek. The only school from Montgomery County to beat it was Richard Montgomery High School, which placed 11th. However, the rankings have come into question because of the controversial method used to evaluate schools. "Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2004 divided by the number of graduating seniors." This method completely disregards the scores on the test, i.e., the school ranked number one could have the lowest scores on tests in the country as long as that school takes the most tests.[2][3] In addition to the usual selection of Advanced Placement and Honors-level classes and the unique College Institute program, which allows senior students to take classes through Montgomery College, Wootton also offers two signature programs: the Humanities and Arts Program, and the STARS Program.

Humanities and Arts Program[edit]

In the Humanities and Arts Program, students typically have an affinity for at least some of the following: Social Studies, English, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts. Humanities students are enrolled in separate classes in the subjects of English and Social Studies for their freshman, sophomore and junior years. These classes count for the same credits and cover the same materials as their regular counterparts, but allow for more creativity and intellectual discussion in the classroom.

In order to complete the program, students must complete five more credits than what is normally required to graduate. In addition, students must have an "Off-campus Experience". This requirement can be fulfilled by studying abroad, attending a pre-college program on a college campus, or interning in a humanities or arts subject. It encourages Humanities students to step outside their comfort zone and learn outside the classroom. Finally, students must complete a "Senior Independent Project" (SIP), which is the focus of the Humanities Program for a student's junior and senior years. The project may be in the form of an extended essay or creative project. The extended essay involves writing an argumentative research paper of 18–20 pages, while the creative project involves completing a relevant project and writing a shorter argumentative or expository essay of 8–10 pages. The SIP was introduced to the program a year after the Humanities Program was formed in 2001, and it has been a defining part of the senior-year experience. Humanities students have traditionally been closely involved in Wootton's musical and theatrical productions.

STARS Program[edit]

STARS is short for the Science Technology and Research Scholars Program at Wootton. Students in STARS are passionate about science and technology, and wish to pursue careers in these fields. Students can choose to focus on one of the following during their high school years: Global Science, Computer Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Molecular Biology. They take challenging courses in their area of interest and participate in various extracurricular activities related to their subject. With the change of leadership in the STARS program in 2008, several major changes were made in the program's requirements.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


  • The Wootton boys basketball team won the state championship in 1978 and 1979.
  • The Wootton ice hockey team were state champions in 2008 and 2009.
  • The Wootton Boys Varsity Soccer team were state champions 2012.
  • The Wootton Boys Varsity Tennis Team were state champions in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
  • The Wootton Golf team won the state shampionships in 2012 and 2013
  • The Wootton Girls Swim and Dive team won state (2012-2013)
  • The Wootton ice hockey club team won the Maryland state championship in 2014

Notable events[edit]

President George W. Bush speaks at Wootton.
  • In November 2001, President George W. Bush visited Wootton HS and signed the congressional bill officially recognizing "Veterans Awareness Week" which takes place the week before Veteran's Day.[4]
  • In early 2005, the Wootton cheerleading squad was caught in a scandal when pictures of cheerleaders in uniform in provocative poses made their way to pornographic sites. The story made the national media, including The Washington Post.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


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