Wayzata High School
|Wayzata High School|
Character and Scholarship for Life
|4955 Peony Lane
Plymouth, Minnesota, Hennepin County 55446
|School district||Wayzata School District|
|Color(s)||Royal blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Lake Conference|
|Rivals||Edina High School, Eden Prairie High School|
Wayzata High School is located in Plymouth, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The high school, operated by the Wayzata School District, has approximately 3300 students in grades 9 to 12 (2016), making it the largest secondary school by enrolment in Minnesota. It is also the largest Minnesota secondary school by structural size, with an interior of 487,000 square feet (45,200 m2). The district boundaries include all or part of eight municipalities: Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata. The school is currently in the midst of an expansion project, with projected capacity of 3900. The school is part of the Lake Conference. Its current principal is Scott Gengler, who succeeded Mike Trewick in the position in fall 2015.
In 2015, Newsweek ranked the school at 150th on its List of the 500 Top High Schools in America. U.S. News and World Report ranked the school at #738 nationally and #13 in Minnesota from over 21,000 schools surveyed.
The first school in the Wayzata area was established in around 1855. Classes were taught in homes until a one-room school was built near what is now the second green of the Wayzata Country Club. This school burned down for unknown reasons and a new school was constructed on what is now the main street of Wayzata.
What is now the West and Central middle schools have both once been the high school building. The West Middle School building served as the high school from 1940 to 1960. Central Middle School's campus was home to the high school from 1960 to 1997. The current Wayzata High School campus was completed in 1997 and classes began in the 1997-98 school year.
On February 25, 2014, voters approved a referendum for a $109 million bond request to expand the high school and improve security and technology. Part of the provisions include the purchasing of adjacent land currently belonging to the Elm Creek Golf Course and the building of a new wing. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2014 and last for two years.
Wayzata High School has consistently exceeded the state and national average scores on the ACT.
Wayzata is part of the Lake Conference and in the Minnesota State High School League. Wayzata was in the Classic Lake Conference prior to the 2010-2011 athletic year. The following sports teams are sponsored by the school:
The hockey team claimed their first state title in 2016, beating rival school, Eden Prairie.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Football||3||2005, 2008, 2010|
|Soccer, Boys'||2||1985, 2005|
|Cross Country, Boys'||8||1992, 1993, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014|
|Cross Country, Girls'||3||2012, 2013, 2014|
|Swimming, Girls'||3||2013, 2014, 2015|
|Soccer, Girls'||7||1991, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2011, 2012|
|Wrestling||4||1941, 1951, 1952, 1953|
|Dance Team||6||1993, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012|
|Skiing, Nordic Girls'||3||1980, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|Spring||Golf, Boys'||6||1994, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015|
|Synchronized Swimming||10||2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Tennis, Boys'||4||1993, 1999, 2013, 2014|
|Track and Field, Boys'||7||1977, 1980, 1984, 1995, 2012, 2015, 2016|
|Track and Field, Girls'||1||2007|
|Adapted Bowling||4||2006, 2007, 2008, 2009|
Clubs and activities
Wayzata High School recognizes the following student clubs and activities:
Creative Arts Clubs
Language and Travel Clubs
Wayzata's debate team competes in policy debate tournaments across the state and country. They have been very successful on the state and national level. The debate team has reached the state-level championships for both varsity and junior varsity levels. Additionally, the Wayzata Debate Team has qualified for some of the most prestigious national tournaments such as the Tournament of Champions held in Lexington, Kentucky and the National Forensic League Nationals. The current head coach is Sheila Peterson who previously led the Edina Debate Team to high levels of success. It is open only to individuals who enrol in debate class.
The 9th grade Knowledge Master Open team won the national spring KMO in the 9th grade division in 2009.
A member of the Chess Club won the national high school chess tournament in April 2016. With 3 seconds left, tenth grader Andrew Tang beat the buzzer to create a 6-way tie. He was playing the tournament leader, who had won all six games up to that point and needed to hold a draw in the last game to secure sole first place. Tang needed to win to claim a share of first place.
Notable people and alumni
- Amy Klobuchar, (1978), U.S. Senator (DFL) representing Minnesota.
- David Gaither (1975), former Minnesota State Senator, and former Governor Tim Pawlenty's Chief of Staff.
- Betsy Hodges (1987), current Mayor of Minneapolis.
- Mike Muller (1991), 2nd round pick in 1990 NHL entry draft, former player for Minnesota Golden Gophers and Moscow Dynamo.
- Marion Barber III (2001), former running back for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and retired NFL running back.
- Dominique Barber (2004), former safety for University of Minnesota, younger brother of Marion, drafted by Houston Texans, and is currently a free agent.
- François-Henri Désérable (2005), French author and professional ice hockey player.
- Andrew Peterson (2003), former defender for the Columbus Crew.
- Dick Beardsley (1975), marathon runner, 2nd place in 1982 Boston Marathon.
- Ben Hamilton (1996), drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2001, signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.
- Shawn Daivari (2002), professional wrestler
- Ariya Daivari (2007), professional wrestler
- James Laurinaitis (2005), Linebacker, Ohio State Buckeyes, 2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Winner, drafted by St. Louis Rams.
- Tim Herron (1989), professional golfer.
- Steve Wright (1977), former NFL Lineman and contestant on Survivor: Redemption Island.
- Mario Lucia (2012, transferred out), Notre Dame hockey forward and 2011 2nd round NHL draft pick by the Minnesota Wild.
- A.J. Tarpley (2010), retired Linebacker, Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL).
Entertainment and music
- Charles Nolte (1941), American Broadway and film actor.
- Benjamin Salisbury (1998), former child actor.
- Kirsten Gronfield (1996), actress.
- Kimberly Elise, (1985), actress (John Q, The Manchurian Candidate).
- David Bromstad (1992), interior designer and HGTV television show host.
- Caitlin Ellsworth (2012), youtube star.
- Terry Steinbach (1980), former head baseball coach.
- Tony Pesznecker (1976), current head girls' soccer coach.
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