Waterloo West High School
|Waterloo West High School|
|425 East Ridgeway Avenue
Waterloo, Iowa 50702
|Type||Secondary High School|
|Established||1955 (originally 1922)|
|Number of students||1,700|
|Color(s)||Old Rose and Black|
Waterloo West High School is one of three public high schools under the auspices of the Waterloo Community School District in Waterloo, Iowa. The school is located at the intersection of E. Ridgeway Ave. and Baltimore Ave.
The school mascot is Westy The Wahawk. The name "Wahawk" is a portmanteau of the city name (Waterloo) and the county name (Black Hawk). Much controversy has surrounded the mascot, which was once an Indian chief thought to be politically incorrect. It was later changed to a flying eagle flying through a flaming hoop, but was changed back after 3 years.
The logo is currently the "Flying W," a capital "W" with a feather hanging off of it. More recently an arrow has been added behind the "Flying W". This is also the only school in the United States with "Old Rose" as its school color.
The 1991 West High baseball team won the Class 4A State Championship. West's wrestling team has won 17 state titles dating back to 1942. (1942-1946, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1965-1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1977 and 1989)
- Bob Bowlsby, athletic director at Stanford University (2006-2012) University of Iowa (1990–2006).
- Dan Gable, graduated from Iowa State University, won the 1972 Olympic Gold Medal for freestyle wrestling at the Munich Games, and went on to serve as head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa.
- Nikole Hannah-Jones, journalist
- Don Perkins, Pro Bowl running back for the Dallas Cowboys.
- Jack Rule, Jr., former professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1960s.
- Mike van Arsdale, retired mixed martial artist; currently a MMA coach
- Emily West, country music singer-songwriter signed with Capitol Records.
- "SUMMER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS" (PDF). IASHAA. p. 2. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "2013 State Meet & Season Wrestling Stat Book" (PDF). IASHAA. p. 9. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Iowa AD Bowlsby hired to do same job at Stanford". ESPN. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
- Bowlsby face of NCAA committee, Lawrence Journal-World, 12 March 2004, retrieved 2011-08-10
- Andrew Wind (31 October 2007), West High officially opens its athletic addition in grand style, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, retrieved 2011-08-10
- Jack Rule page
- "Mike van Arsdale". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- Artists : Emily West : Emily West Biography : Great American Country